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Shannon Pittman-Price

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Transcript of Characterization

The character
does not change
in the story.
Static (Flat) Character
Dynamic (Round) Character
What is characterization?
Indirect characterization
is when the author
things that
of the character.

What is indirect characterization?
What is direct characterization?
Direct characterization
is when the author
the audience what the personality of the character is.

Identify the following characters as
A character
over the course of the story.
Characterization is the process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character.
There are
types of characters:
static or dynamic.
These type of characters are revealed through
direct characterization
indirect characterization.
Lord Voldemort from Harry Potter
Bruce from Finding Nemo
Simba from The Lion King
Flynn Rider from Tangled
Nemo's Dad
Hermione Granger from Harry Potter
Harry Potter
Were you right?
1. Flynn Rider--Dynamic
2. Nemo's Dad--Dynamic
3. The Grinch--Dynamic
4. Hermione Granger--Static
5. Harry Potter--Dynamic
6. The Trolls(Frozen)--Static
1. How does Ron directly characterize Hermione?
2. How does the sorting hat directly characterize Harry?
If you said that Hermione was "
" and Harry had "
" and "
" you were correct.
What does the author directly tell us about the character of the boy and girl in the following sentence?
The patient boy and quiet girl were well mannered and never disobeyed their mother.
If you said they were
well mannered
, and
did not disobey
you would be correct.
There are
different methods of indirect characterization:
effect on other characters
, and
Remember the acronym STEAL:
“S-T-E-A-L” Method

The character’s speech, what they say and how they say it

The character’s thoughts

The character’s effect on other characters
The character’s actions
The character’s looks, or appearance

Lets try the STEAL method with a common story, The Cat in the Hat.
What the character says?
How the character speaks (tone)?
Text Evidence:

Many of the words spoken by the cat at the beginning of the story have an upbeat tone and meaning. For instance, the cat says to the children, "But we can have lots of fun that is funny!" (7)

Analysis(Infer and explain how the text evidence proves the character trait.)

The text reveals that the cat is an upbeat character that likes to have fun. His tone is cheerful and he uses energetic and happy words.
What is revealed through the character's private thoughts and feelings?
T- Stir-Crazy
Text Evidence:

So all we could do was to sit, sit, sit, sit! And we did not like it. Not one little bit.
Analysis (Infer and explain how the text evidence proves the character trait)
These are the thoughts of the narrator as he stares out the window on a rainy day. These thoughts reveal that the character is stir-crazy about his current situation.
E-Effect on Others
What is revealed through the character's effect on others?
How do others feel or behave in reaction to the character?
E- Obnoxious
Text Evidence
Throughout the first three quarters of the story, three different illustrations portray the fish scowling at the cat immediately after each of the cat's activities.
Analysis (infer and explain how the text evidence proves the character trait)
The scowls on the fish's face support the argument that the cat's behavior at the beginning of the story is not acceptable to the fish. It is clear the cat has annoyed the fish by acting in an obnoxious manner.
What does the character do?
How does the character behave?
Text Evidence:

On page 18, the cat engages in "Up-up-up with a fish," an activity that involves the cat standing on a ball while balancing seven objects. Later in the story, the cat releases two "things" that fly kites inside the house.
Analysis (Infer and explain how the text evidence proves the character trait)
These activities are outrageous, dangerous, and should not be conducted in the house. They reveal that the cat's character is not concerned about rules related to safety and appropriateness.
What does the character look like?
What facial expressions does the character make?
How does the character dress?
Text Evidence
Towards the end of the story, the cat is asked to leave the house. He is shown leaving the house with slumped shoulders and a melancholy (sad) face.
Analysis (Infer and explain how the text evidence proves the character trait)
The slumped shoulders and sad face reveal that the cat is no longer enjoying his obnoxious behavior. He is clearly upset about being asked to leave hence causing him to feel depressed.
Let's Practice!
Use the STEAL method to characterize Stanley in the text below:
Stanley's eyes blazed as he surveyed the room. The corners of his mouth pointed in a decidedly southernly direction. "Move out of my way!" Stanley screamed with rage. Carol moved aside as he stalked past her. "Look out for Stan, " she whispered to Bart. "He's in another one of his moods. I'd stay far away if I were you!"
How does the author indirectly characterizes Harry Potter? Use the STEAL method!
Review Time!!!!
You Decide: Direct or Indirect?
“To Mr. Harry Potter…for pure nerve and outstanding courage.”

Evidence: "Courage"
“If you want to kill Harry,
you’ll have to kill us too!”


Courageous--"You'll have to kill us too!"
Cinderella tried very hard to follow the rules given by her stepmother and step- sisters. She is always saying “yes” to their bidding and never arguing back


Reveals her character to be meek and
mild-mannered person, one used to being talked down to. "She tried very hard to follow their bidding." "Always saying yes" and "Never arguing back"

Bob was a selfish boy
and quite a bully.

Evidence: "Selfish" "Bully"
Review Time!!!
You Decide: Static or Dynamic
Katniss Everdeen-The Hunger Games
The Trolls from Frozen
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