OBJECTIVES Understand and Identify Characterization in Fiction. Identify Theme in Fiction.
CHARACTERIZATION Literary device used to explain the traits of a character in a story. Information is expressed in two ways: Direct -> The character’s information is shared by the narrator, another character, or the character themselves. Example -> Johnny was a poor depressed soul but he had the heart of a lion. Indirect -> The character’s information is shared subtly. The reader must deduce the character’s information via the thoughts, actions, and appearance of the character. Example -> Johnny stated defiantly, “ I will not give in to my oppressors!”
CHARACTER DEFINITIONS Static: Dynamic: Round: Flat: Protagonist Antagonist: Foil:
CHARACTER DEFINITIONS Static: A character who undergoes little or no inner change. Dynamic: A character who undergoes an important inner change. Round: A major character who encounters conflict and is changed by it. Flat: A stock character that undergoes no change but can add to the story. Protagonist: The main character, or hero, of a story. Antagonist: The adversary of the hero. The “bad guy”. Foil: A character whose characteristics are in direct contrast to another. This is used to highlight the traits of the other character.
GROUP DISCUSSION What motivates a character? Why does a character behave the way that they do? Motivation:
GROUP PRACTICE Read “The Necklace” in your blue books. Annotate for theme and characterization. As you read, look for examples from the text to complete your characterization chart on the story's protagonist, Mathilde. While you read, answer the questions on the following slide to ensure understanding of the text.