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Transcript of Characterization
***There are five different methods of indirect characterization, we call this
the “STEAL” method
The author tells the
about the character (physical traits and personality)
The author reveals the physical traits and personality of a character by describing them.
***Also known as “showing”.***
All of the techniques that writers use to create characters.
“The patient boy and quiet girl were both well mannered and did not disobey their mother.”
Explanation: The author is directly telling the audience the personality of these two children.
What words did the author use to describe the boy and the girl?
***Also known as “telling”.***
The boy is “patient” and the girl is “quiet.”
The author gives you
at who the characters are and what they’re like, but
you have to put the pieces of the puzzle together
on other characters
what they say/ how they speak
what they do or don't do
what they look like
“'There are all kinds of courage,' said Dumbledore, smiling. “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends."'
This quote reveals that Professor Dumbledore knows that standing up to one's friends is tough if they're doing the wrong thing. He also knows that it's necessary sometimes.
"A horrible thought struck Harry, as horrible thoughts always do when you're very nervous. What if he wasn't chosen at all?"
This quote directly shows that Harry is nervous during the Sorting Hat ceremony. Indirectly, it tells us that he doesn't feel like he belongs at Hogwarts.
"This was so unfair that Harry opened his mouth to argue, but Ron kicked him behind their cauldron.
'Don't push it,' he muttered, 'I've heard Snape can turn very nasty.'
As they climbed the steps out of the dungeon an hour later, Harry's mind was racing and his spirits were low. He'd lost two points for Gryffindor in his very first week -- why did Snape hate him so much?"
"'Hello, dear," she said. "First time at Hogwarts? Ron's new, too... Not to worry,' she said. 'All you have to do is walk straight at the barrier between platforms nine and ten. Don't stop and don't be scared you'll crash into it, that's very important. Best do it at a bit of a run if you're nervous. Go on, go now before Ron."'
"'Could I -- could I say good-bye to him, sir?' asked Hagrid. He bent his great, shaggy head over Harry and gave him what must have been a very scratchy, whiskery kiss. Then, suddenly, Hagrid let out a howl like a wounded dog."
They stay pretty much the same emotionally at the end of the story as they were at the beginning.
Go through an emotional change within themselves.
These characters have a lasting change in personality or attitude.
If it's written in
it's notes for
What methods do authors use to reveal character?
Similar to static characters.
Not much detail; these characters are described in a simple way and play minor roles in the story.
Similar to dynamic characters.
Very detailed; these characters are richly described and play major roles in the story.
How other characters react to them
The main or central character of a story; not necessarily the "good guy"
The opponent of the main/central character; not necessarily the "bad guy"
physical traits AND body language
If it's written in
Write this where you have space!!!
in Disney's "Sleeping Beauty", Sleeping Beauty is the protagonist while Maleficent the antagonist.
This story is told from Sleeping Beauty's point of view.
Switch the point of view (who's telling the story) and...
...you have a new protagonist (Maleficent) and a new antagonist (Sleeping Beauty)
How is characterization important to the development of plot in a story?
Hagrid's want to say goodbye and his crying show that he is a kind, caring, and sensitive character despite his hulking, gruff appearance.
Clearly, Professor Snape and his teaching style have had a negative effect on Harry. Snape is tough on his students and Harry feels like he's being picked on unfairly.
Obviously, Molly Weasley had a positive effect on Harry. What she said was so kind and warm that Harry took a chance and made it to Platform 9 3/4.
"The door swung open at once. A tall, black-haired witch in emerald-green robes stood there. She had a very stern face and Harry's first thought was that this was not someone to cross."
Based on Professor McGonagall's body language and dress (clothes), Harry instantly knows that she's a pretty serious lady.
it's notes for
Descriptive details about what a character looks like.
What a character looks like on the outside.
Descriptive details about what a character acts like.
What a character is like on the inside.
messy, black hair
bright, green eyes
We'll be using J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (book) to help us out.
lightning-bolt shaped scar
timid (at first)
Characters that do not go through important emotional changes over the course of the story.
Motivation is what a person, or a character, wants or desires.
It is the reason he or she acts a certain way
Harry's goal is to succeed in school, do well in Quidditch, and fit into his new world, the Wizarding World.
(He has another motivation, but I wouldn't want to spoil the story for you).