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Direct and indirect characterization

Devon Albert

on 23 January 2015

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Transcript of Characterization

The process by which a writer reveals the personality of a character.
There are TWO modes of characterization:
Direct Characterization
Indirect Characterization
What is it?
There are five ways an author can communicate information about a character using indirect characterization:
1.) Speech
2.) Thoughts
3.) Effect on Other Characters
4.) Actions
5.) Looks
Indirect Characterization...
Remember: S.T.E.A.L.
Foil Characters
Your turn!!!!
I will assign each group a character.
Find specific textual evidence of:
Direct characterization (at least
Indirect characterization
Each category of S.T.E.A.L
Using these quotes, determine an adjective that summarizes the characterization.
Dynamic and Static Characters
Direct Characterization
Information given to us by the narrator or other character.
"Her husband...had been one of the most powerful ends that ever played football at New Haven- a national figure in that way." - pg. 13
"[Tom's] family were enormously wealthy." - pg. 13
"Daisy was my second cousin once removed and I'd known Tom in college." - pg. 13
Static Character- a character that does not undergo important change in the course of the story, remaining essentially the same at the end as he or she was at the beginning
Dynamic Character- a character that experiences a change within themselves: this character changes in insight or understanding of a certain situation or a commitment in values.
A character who is presented as a contrast to a second character so as to point to or show to advantage some aspect of the second character.
what does the character say?
Consider tone and content of the character's dialogue.
How does he/she speak?
Statements vs. Questions
I'm glad it's a girl. And I hope she'll be a fool- that's the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool." - Daisy, pg. 23
"With an effort I managed to restrain my incredulous laughter. The very phrases were worn so threadbare that they evoked no image except that of a turbaned "character" leaking sawdust at every pore..." - Nick about Gatsby, pg. 65
What is revealed through the character's inner thoughts?
"When I came back from the East last autumn I felt I wanted the world to be in uniform and a sort of moral attention forever; I wanted no more riotous excursions with privileged glimpses into the human heart. " - pg. 10

How do other characters act in response to this character?
"She laughed again, as if she said something very witty, and held my hand for a moment, looking up into my face, promising that there was no one in the world she so much wanted to see. That was a way she had...(I've heard it said that Daisy's murmur was only to make people lean in toward her; an irrelevant criticism that made it no less charming." -pg. 16

How does the character behave?

What does the character do?
What is the character's appearance?
Hair color
Eye color
Clothes they normally wear
Body build
Facial features
"[Tom} had changed since his New Haven years. Now he was a sturdy, straw haired man of thirty with a rather hard mouth and a supercilious manner. Two shining, arrogant eyes had established dominance over his face and gave him the appearance of always leaning aggressively forward. Not even the effeminate swank of his riding clothes could hide the enormous power of that body."
-pg. 14
"'Daisy bent her head into the shirts and began to cry stormily.
'They're such beautiful shirts,' she sobbed, her voice muffled in the thick folds. 'It makes me sad because I've never seen such- such beautiful shirts before.'" - Daisy, pg. 89
We will analyze character development in “Story of an Hour.”
Get the handouts from the front. Be ready to turn in your discussion questions!
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