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Characterization

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Loni Walden

on 24 November 2014

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Transcript of Characterization

Characters
Characters
A basic difference in development
Round vs Flat
Dynamic vs Static
Characterization
Well-developed.
Have a recognizable personality
Complex
Have many traits - both good and bad
Not easily defined
1 or 2 dimensional
Simple
personalities
Not well-developed
Tend to be
stereotypes
Easily defined
in a single sentence
Few traits
A difference in character growth
Undergoes an important
change
(in values, understanding or commitment)

Comes to some sort of realization that permanently
alters
the character

A
transformation
occurs within the character because of the events of the story
Remains the
same
throughout the story

Personality remains
stable


Although something may happen to the character, the character

stays
unchanged
F
L
A
T
Characters
Characters
F
L
A
T
F
L
A
T
In Finding Nemo, Marlin
In Despicable Me, Miss Hattie
Bella Swan, from the Twilight series
Is Joey from Friends static or dynamic?
Gru in Despicable Me
Finding Nemo's Dory
Lucius Malfoy, from the Harry Potter series
Tony Stark, Iron Man/Avengers
It is hard for a character to be Flat AND Dynamic - usually we don't know enough about the character to understand a change.
Haymitch from the Hunger Games
How we learn about the character
Characterization
Direct
Indirect
The narrator tells the audience the traits of the character
The personality is indirectly revealed
S
- Speech
T
- Thoughts
E
- Effects on others
A
- Actions
L
- Looks
Depending on the amount of
development,
characters can be either
round
or
flat
.
Depending on the amount of
change,
characters can be either
dynamic
or
static
.
We can learn about characters through
direct
and
indirect
means.
Understanding the
characterization
can help determine the
theme.
What is the difference between Round and Flat characters?
How can we learn about a character's personality?

What are Dynamic characters?
What are Static characters?
How can we determine a character’s type?

Why is it important to know a character’s type?
1) Give two examples of round characters. One dynamic, one static.

2) Do you think that your characters' development and growth apply to the theme of the work? Why/How?

3) Try and think of a flat, dynamic character. Explain why you think the character fits this definition.
"Reading and Analyzing Short Fiction." In R. Gwynn (Ed.), Fiction: A Pocket Anthology (7th ed., pp. 6-20). New York: Penguin.
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