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A Visit to Grandmother
Transcript of A Visit to Grandmother
Direct & Indirect Characterization
Writers use direct characterization when telling you directly about a character's personality
Writers use indirect characterization to reveal personality traits through the character's thoughts and actions, as well as through other characters' comments
Notice the thoughts, actions and reactions as well as direct statements that reveal the characters' personalities' while reading
Author: William Melvin Kelley
Born on November 1, 1937
African-American novelist and short story writer
Known for his novel "A Different Drummer" (1962)
Attended Harvard University - Dana Reed Prize for creative writing
Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 2008 for Lifetime Achievement
Currently teaches at Sarah Lawrence College
Create a Venn Diagram to explore two sides of a misunderstanding that you've had with a friend or family member. Utilize the center area to show common ground and areas of agreement within the misunderstanding.
Characterization in Literature
Direct & Indirect Characterization Examples
"When people ventured timidly into his office, it took only a few words from him to make them relax, and even laugh."
Indirect characterization of Dr. Charles Dunford
"Doctor Charles Dunford cared about people."
Direct characterization of Dr. Charles Dunford
"Can't never tell where that man is at......He'll be here though; he ain't as young and footlose as he used to be."
Indirect characterization of GL Dunford
"He stood in the doorway, smiling broadly, an engaging, open, friendly smile, the innocent smile of a five-year-old."
Direct Characterization of GL Dunford
Finish reading the story - Page 166
On the back
Make note of inferences
Make note of Direct and Indirect Characterization
- In the beginning
Chig explained his father to be the warmest of men, but he saw hatred and sadness in his father's eyes when he kissed the old lady's face
Title: A Visit to Grandmother
Author: William Melvin Kelley
Chig's father speaks only when spoken to, and replies only with short answers.
Doesn't find the story about GL and Mama funny
Protagonist: Dr. Charles Dunford
Setting: Nashville, Tennessee at Mama's House
Point of View: Third Person limited
Themes: Time doesn't solve problems, overcoming issues, everything is not what it seems
Symbols: The buggy - GL & Mama's relationship
Mama's House - Charles' rough childhood
Beginning of the story
Introduced to Dr. Charles and Chig
Trip to Grandmother's house
Journey to Grandmother's house
Chig realizes his father doesn't talk much about his family, gets suspicious
Arrive at Grandmother's house
Greet each other and chat
Grandmother reminds Chig of when she took care of him
Sit down to have dinner and talk about the family
Story of Mama and GL
Charles doesn't speak much
Charles doesn't find the story funny after Mama is done telling it
Charles accuses his mother of favoritism
Reveals that he cried when he left home because no body loved him
Mama claims she loved all her children equally
Charles says it too late to understand/apologize
Charles leaves the table still angry at Mama
The family sits in silence
GL comes home and asks where his brother is at
Under the Diagram, write about the whole experience. Explain whether you solved the issue or kept your feelings inside.
Dr. Charles vs. himself
Held his feelings in
Going back to his mother's house
Dr. Charles vs. Mama
Dr. Charles vs. GL
He left home because he thought no body loved him
He thought she loved GL more
Jealous that GL received more of his mother's love and attention
Described him in a negative way to his children
Project by Pari Patel
Mood: Upset, Hurt, awkward, nostalgic, tense
Tone: Bitter, cold, distant