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Characterization

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Transcript of Characterization

Characterization!
What is
characterization?
Characterization is the way an
author reveals a character to
the audience.
Types of characterization:
1. Direct Characterization
2. Indirect Characterization
What is
Direct Characterization
?
* The author
tells
the reader about
a character.
* Character traits are stated directly.
Example of
direct characterization:

Sam was a
loyal
and
trustworthy
friend.
What is a
character trait?
An adjective that describes a character.
Indirect Characterization
* Instead of directly telling us about a character,
the author makes us
infer
what kind of person he/she is based on
evidence
.
* The author
shows
a character through the following:
Actions!
Appearance!
What people LOOK like can give us information about them, such as their age, interests, or economic status.
We have to be cautious not to make too many assumptions based on appearance, however. As in "The Landlady", appearances can be deceiving!
Dialogue!
* What a character says
* What characters say ABOUT
each other
Thoughts and Feelings!
The author reveals a character's inner thoughts and emotions
This is called a character's internal monologue (when a character talks to herself in her mind)
Motivation!
* Motivation is WHY a character behaves a certain way.
* To determine motivation, it's important to consider a character's background (his or her past experiences).
THINK: What significant events happened in a character's past? How do these events shape the character's goals in the present?
Practice!
Movie Trailer
Direct Description
Appearance
Actions
Dialogue
Thoughts/Feelings
Motivation
Now watch a video clip and try to write down
at least
six
character traits that are told to us
through
direct characterization
.
We can tell a lot about a character
based on what they DO.
How does the following video clip show internal monologue?
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