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Character

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Transcript of Character

Character
Dewey Hensley's Eight Ways to Reveal Character
Motivation
Protagonist/Antagonist
Character Traits
Flat/Round
Static/Dynamic
Just Pick One!
Actions
Dialogues
Physical Descriptions
Idiosyncrasies
Objects/Possessions
Reactions
Reactions
Thoughts
Background Information
Characters are the people or animals that take part in the action
They are people who live in a story's pages.
Actions are what characters say and do.

For example:

Kevin moved down the street his feet made a steady echo sound against the pavement. He whistled despite the loud rumble of the traffic and the car horns. When someone yelled out the window of his or her car to watch where he was going, he just waved back like he was watching a best friend heading home. He passed by the garbage on the sidewalk and the old woman pushing the shopping cart filled with newspaper, and continued to smile as he headed toward Cindy's house. Nothing could erase that smile from his face, not even the coldness of the streets he called home.
Dialogues are conversations between two or more characters.

They are words that characters say.

For example:

"I ain't gonna leave you here, Ma'am...not with you needin' help and all," Jimmy said as he walked back to his truck to get the jack. "I'd help anybody who needed it; my momma taught me better'en to just leave people. The good Lord'll make it up to me. "
"I don't know..." Linda stuttered. She had barely rolled down her window to hear Jimmy when he had left his pick-up truck and offered help. "You know what they say about your kind..."

Physical descriptions are vivid adjectives and precise nouns used to describe people, settings, and things.

For example:

Other guys walking through the hallway were taller and even more handome, but there was something about Billy Belaire. His arms swung loose at his side and his dark hair was long and pulled back behind his head, held by a rubber band. The dark jacket he wore was straight out of the local thrift shop, she could tell, but the way he wore it suggested a sense of pride, or at least a lack of caring what others thought about him.
Idiosyncrasies are unusual ways in which a particular person behaves or thinks.

For example:

Junior tapped his fingertips against the table and looked at his watch constantly. His leg bounced up and down and he gulped the hot coffee as if it would hurry up his friend's arrival.
Objects are things that you can see and touch and that are not alive.

Possessions are things that are owned or possessed by someone.

For example:

Michael touched the locket around his neck and rolled it between his fingers. His mother had given him that locket, with her picture inside, when he had left to live with his father. What would she think of him now?
Reactions are the ways someone acts or feels in response to something that happens, is said, etc.

They are actions or attitudes that show disagreement with or disapproval of someone or something.

For example:

Tony's words stung Laura. It wasn't what she expect to hear. They had been dating for over a month now, how could he do this to her? How could he break her heart? All three of their dates had been fun; he had said so himself.
As Tony watched the floodgate of her eyes begin to open he looked at his watch. 'Jeez I hope I can make it to the gym on time.'
Thoughts are ideas, plans, opinions, pictures, etc., that are formed in your mind; things that you think of.

For example:

He began to remember when he was a freshman in high school. They seniors really thought they were something back then, always trying to play their little pranks on the ninth graders. He knew at that moment he couldn't be one of those kinds of people. He walked over to Jeff and Larry to tell them it was time to stop.
Background information includes the following: the introduction to a literary work, information provided in footnotes, facts you learned in other classes, information you already know about the topic.

For example:

Miles knew what it meant to be alone. When he was a child growing up his father had been in the military. They had traveled from Florida, to Georgia, to California, to Kentucky. He had rarely had a friend for very long. By the leap from California he had already decided having friends was a risk; the fewer the friends, the easier it was to leave. This philosophy had made him a real outsider at Glenview High School. In the six months he had been there he had not really made a single friend but as he stood there standing at Sheila, he realized that just might have to change.
A motive is a reason that explains or partially explains a character's thoughts, feelings, actions, or speech. Writers try to make their characters' motives, or motivations, as clear as possible. If the motives of a main character are not clear, then the character will not be well understood.
Characters are often motivated by needs such as food and shelter. They are also motivated by feelings, such as fear, love, and pride. Motives may be obvious or hidden.
Motivation is what makes people behave the way they do. It may come from internal causes like loneliness or jealousy, or from external causes like danger or poverty.
A protagonist is the main character in a work of literature. It is involved in the work's central conflict.

An antagonist is another character that opposes the protagonist.
Character traits are the qualities, attitudes, and values that a character has or displays - such as dependability, intelligence, selfishness, or stubbornness.
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A flat character is two-dimensional in that it is relatively uncomplicated and does not change throughout the course of a work.

A round character is complex and undergoes development, sometimes sufficiently to surprise the reader.


Flat characters are also called static characters.
Round characters are also called dynamic characters.
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