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Types of Characters in Fiction

Describes different types of characters students will encounter in fictional works.

Sara Thomas

on 26 September 2012

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Transcript of Types of Characters in Fiction

Protagonist vs. Antagonist
Flat vs. Round
Static vs. Dynamic Types of Characters in Fiction Also thought of as the good guy. The Protagonist is the main character of the story. Also thought of as the bad guy. The antagonist is the character or group of characters in direct opposition to the protagonist; The “enemy”. Ex. Voldemort A flat character is a simple character. Flat vs. Round Characters They don't have a realistic personality or you only see one side. A flat character has only 1 or 2 qualities that can be described. Sometimes thought of as the dumb blond or mean stepmother. Examples:
Valentine from "City of Bones"
Victoria from "Twilight" and "New Moon". They are very human-like and realistic. Readers can easily relate to round characters. Round Characters are complex characters that possess both good and bad traits. Examples:
Bella from "Twilight"
Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz" Why is Percy Jackson considered a round character? Ex. Harry Potter Which of the characters in this video are flat? Static characters are not dramatically affected by the conflict. Other examples:
Katniss' mother from "The Hunger Games"
Cruella Deville from "101 Dalmations Static Characters are characters who do not change throughout the story. Their personality stays the same each time we see them. For example, Cinderella's evil stepmother is evil throughout the entire story. She does not change. These might include:
Change in sight or understanding
Changes in commitment
Change in values
Change in personality Dynamic Characters are characters who undergo significant change in self throughout the story. Examples:
Peeta and Katniss from "The Hunger Games"
Mattie from "Fever 1793" They can be flat and static (dad from "Matilda")
Flat and dynamic (Snape from "Harry Potter")
Round and dynamic (Percy from "The Lightning Thief"
Round and static (Alice from "Twilight") All characters are either
Flat or Round
Static or Dynamic But most are flat and static or round and dynamic
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