Definition: The way a writer reveals a character.
Characterization Definition: The way a writer reveals a character.
Character Motivation Definition: The reasons a character behaves in a certain way. In “Treasure of Lemon Brown,” Lemon Brown throws himself down the stairs to scare off the neighborhood boys. His motivation is to protect Greg and his treasure.
Direct and Indirect Characterization
A writer tells readers what a character is like. Indirect Characterization Reveals the character’s personality in various ways, by showing character traits.
Notes on Indirect Characterization
The writer shows a character’s personality: by what the character says in how the character looks(appearance) in the character’s thoughts and feelings by characters’ dialogue (between characters) in a character’s behavior.
Example of Direct Characterization
Which One? Indirect or Direct?
Telling or Showing…. see if you can guess…
Indirect or Direct
Indirect or Direct Characterization?
“That Ed Johnson,” said Anderson, watching the old mechanic scratch his head in confusion as the sales rep explained Dralco’s newest engine performance diagnostic computer. “He hasn’t got a clue about modern electronics. Give him a good set of tools and a stack of yellowing manuals with a carburetor needing repair, and he’d be happy as a hungry frog in a fly-field.” Ed Johnson scratched his head in confusion as the sales rep explained Dralco’s newest engine performance diagnostic computer. The old mechanic hated modern electronics, preferring the old days when all he needed was a stack of manuals and a good set of tools.
Direct vs Indirect Characterization
is when the author uses adjectives to tell what a character is like. For example, "Mary was lazy." Indirect characterization is when the author uses verbs to show readers what a character does. For example, "Mary sat on the couch all day and did not do her homework."
Indirect Characterization shows things that reveal the personality of the character. There are five methods of indirect characterization (Steal): Speech Thoughts Effect on others Actions Looks
Speech. What does the character say? How does the character speak? Thoughts. What is revealed through the character’s private thoughts or feelings? Effect on others toward the character. What is revealed through the character’s effect on other people? How do other characters think and behave in reaction to the character? Actions. What does the character do? How does the character behave? Looks. What does the character look like? How does the character dress?
Direct characterization tells the audience what the personality of the character is. “The patient boy and quiet girl were well mannered and never disobeyed their mother.” The author directly tells the personality of both children: The boy is “patient” The girl is “quiet”
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