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Types of Characters
Transcript of Types of Characters
An important part of characterization is
, for it is both spoken and inward dialogue that afford us the
to see into the
characters' hearts and examine their motivations
. In the best of stories, it is actually characterization that moves the story along, because a
in a difficult situation
creates his or her own plot
Types of Characters
There are several ways in which the fiction writer and reader of fiction can define characters in a story.
Protagonist and Antagonist
Flat and Round Characters
Different types of characters fulfill different roles
you can usually detect some or all of the types
to know the Short Story
Major or central
characters are vital to the development and resolution of the conflict. In other words, the plot and resolution of conflict revolves around these characters.
serve to complement the major characters and help move the plot events forward
Without a central character, there is no story.
character who is confronted with some type of conflict. This conflict might exist within the mind of the character or be external.
What type of conflict exists here?
Major and Minor Characters.
Protagonist and Antagonist.
Flat and Round Characters
Static and Dynamic Characters
characters, such as the
protagonist and antagonist
. Stories often include
characters. These are characters who the fiction writer defines by a single idea or quality. These types of characters
are necessary for the story,
they are not important
. These are secondary characters to the story.
A story needs a central character, or hero, or protagonist. Often this main character must oppose a villain or antagonist. Both are major characters in the story. The fiction writer must spend a great deal of time developing these types of characters by using the techniques of characters description, action by the character, and dialogue.
The protagonist is the central person in a story, and is often referred to as the story's main character. He or she (or they) is faced with a conflict that must be resolved. The protagonist may not always be admirable (e.g. an anti-hero); nevertheless s/he must command involvement on the part of the reader, or better yet, empathy.
The antagonist is the character(s) (or situation) that represents the opposition against which the protagonist must contend. In other words, the antagonist is an obstacle that the protagonist must overcome.
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A flat character is a
character in the story. This type of character doesn’t change as the story progresses.
Round characters, on the other hand, must deal with conflict in the story and are
by it. The writer develops these types of characters by using character descriptions and dialogue. Round characters are all the
characters of the story, including the hero and villain.
A character can also be identified in terms of flat or round characters.
A flat character is the opposite of a round character. This literary personality is notable for one kind of personality trait or characteristic.
Static and Dynamic Characters.
Another way of defining a character is in terms of “static character” or “dynamic character.”
A static character is a
character in the story and plays a
supporting role to the main character
. Static characters
as the story progresses. The fiction writer spends little time developing static characters.
A static character is someone who does not change over time; his or her personality does not transform or evolve.
In contrast, a dynamic character is a
character. This type of character
grows and develops
as the story advances. The fiction writer spends a great deal of time developing these types of characters. They are
and can be
A dynamic character is a person who
changes over time
, usually as a result of
a central conflict or
facing a major crisis
. Most dynamic characters tend to be central rather than peripheral characters, because
resolving the conflict
is the major role of central characters.
To Wrap up...
Stock characters are those types of characters who have become
conventional or stereotypical
through repeated use in particular types of stories. Stock characters are instantly
to readers or audience members (e.g. the femme fatale, the cynical but moral private eye, the mad scientist, the geeky boy with glasses, and the faithful sidekick). Stock characters are
normally one-dimensional flat characters
sometimes stock personalities are deeply conflicted, rounded characters
(e.g. the "Hamlet" type).
Anti-Hero - A major character, usually the
, who lacks
of mind, and who struggles for
values not deemed universally admirable
Foil - A foil is any character (usually the antagonist or an important supporting character) whose
personal qualities contrast with another character
(usually the protagonist). By providing this contrast, we get to know more about the other character.
A symbolic character is any major or minor character whose very
existence represents some major idea or aspect of society
A stock character is a
person whom audiences readily recognize from frequent
in a particular literary tradition. Stock characters are
characters distinguished by their
. As a result, they tend to be easy targets for
be criticized as clichés