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Characterization Ms. Slaten OMMS. Character Character can be revealed through the character's actions, speech, and appearance. Character can be revealed.

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1 Characterization Ms. Slaten OMMS

2 Character Character can be revealed through the character's actions, speech, and appearance. Character can be revealed through the character's actions, speech, and appearance. It also can be revealed by the comments of other characters and of the author. It also can be revealed by the comments of other characters and of the author. Certain types of characters appear in many stories. Certain types of characters appear in many stories.

3 The protagonist is the central character (person, animal, or personified object) in the plot's conflict. The protagonist is the central character (person, animal, or personified object) in the plot's conflict. Protagonist & Antagonist

4 The antagonist is the force in conflict with the protagonist. It may be society, nature, or fate, as well as another person. It can also be the protagonist's own self, if he or she has an internal conflict. The antagonist is the force in conflict with the protagonist. It may be society, nature, or fate, as well as another person. It can also be the protagonist's own self, if he or she has an internal conflict.

5 Character Foils A character foil is a character whose traits are in direct contrast to those of the principal character. A character foil is a character whose traits are in direct contrast to those of the principal character. The foil therefore highlights the traits of the protagonist. The foil therefore highlights the traits of the protagonist. It is usually a minor character. It is usually a minor character.

6 A stereotype is a character who possesses expected traits of a group rather than being an individual. A stereotype is a character who possesses expected traits of a group rather than being an individual. Stereotypes

7 Using stereotypes is usually considered negative. However, stereotypes can be useful in furthering the story quickly and can be used if they are not discriminatory. Using stereotypes is usually considered negative. However, stereotypes can be useful in furthering the story quickly and can be used if they are not discriminatory.

8 Flat vs. Round Characters A flat character is not fully developed; we know only one side of the character. A flat character is not fully developed; we know only one side of the character.

9 A round character is fully- developed, with many traits-- bad and good--shown in the story. We feel that we know the character so well that he or she has become a real person. A round character is fully- developed, with many traits-- bad and good--shown in the story. We feel that we know the character so well that he or she has become a real person.

10 Static/Dynamic Characters A static character is one who does not experience a basic character change during the course of the story. A static character is one who does not experience a basic character change during the course of the story.

11 A dynamic character is one who experiences a basic change in character through the events of the story. This change is internal & may be sudden, but the events of the plot should make it seem inevitable. A dynamic character is one who experiences a basic change in character through the events of the story. This change is internal & may be sudden, but the events of the plot should make it seem inevitable.

12 A character may thus be round and dynamic, round and static, or flat and static. A flat character cannot usually be dynamic, because you do not know enough about the flat character to notice a change A character may thus be round and dynamic, round and static, or flat and static. A flat character cannot usually be dynamic, because you do not know enough about the flat character to notice a change

13 Dynamic (changes) Static (doesnt change) Round (well- developed ) Considered the best type of character development (protagonist) Development is considered acceptable. Flat (not well- developed) Characters cannot be dynamic and flat, because we do not know enough about flat character to recognize a change. In simple books, the protagonist may be flat and static. Also appropriate for minor characters.

14 As you read… Consider which characters are well- developed (round) or undeveloped (flat). Consider which characters are well- developed (round) or undeveloped (flat). Think about which characters demonstrate change (dynamic) and which characters do not demonstrate change (static). Think about which characters demonstrate change (dynamic) and which characters do not demonstrate change (static). Be prepared to support your answers. Be prepared to support your answers.

15 The Outsiders Character List Ponyboy Curtis - 14, orphan, Greaser, narrator and protagonist Ponyboy Curtis - 14, orphan, Greaser, narrator and protagonist Darrell Darry Curtis –oldest brother, Greaser, responsible, raising Ponyboy and Sodapop Darrell Darry Curtis –oldest brother, Greaser, responsible, raising Ponyboy and Sodapop Sodapop Curtis – Greaser, happy-go-lucky, handsome, plans to marry Sandy Sodapop Curtis – Greaser, happy-go-lucky, handsome, plans to marry Sandy

16 Two-Bit Matthews - Greaser, joker, shoplifts Two-Bit Matthews - Greaser, joker, shoplifts Dallas Dally Winston - toughest, violent, extensive criminal record Dallas Dally Winston - toughest, violent, extensive criminal record Johnny Cade – 16, smallest, shy, abused, gangs pet, respectful, nervous, Ponyboys best friend Johnny Cade – 16, smallest, shy, abused, gangs pet, respectful, nervous, Ponyboys best friend

17 Sherry Cherry Valance – Social, Bob's girlfriend Sherry Cherry Valance – Social, Bob's girlfriend Randy - 17, a Social Randy - 17, a Social Bob - 17, a Social, Cherry's boyfriend Bob - 17, a Social, Cherry's boyfriend Marcia – a Social, Randy's girlfriend Marcia – a Social, Randy's girlfriend


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