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2  The most common way of describing a character. Identifies anything physical about the character. Includes height, skin, hair and eye color, short/tall, skinny/fat, how he/she walks/stands, anything physical about the character. 1. Physical Description

3  The soldier wore his dress blues for the event, shined black leather shoes that shone in the light, perfectly pressed pants and a jacket displaying his rank. He was a tall man that stood out in a room. What traits do these tell you??? Example of physical description:

4  Analyzing a character’s name is looking more closely to its meaning (if there is one) and describing it. Not all characters have a name with significance to the story. It takes a lot of work to create a novel (many drafts). Lines aren’t wasted. 2. Name Analysis

5  In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, the narrator of the story uses the name “Scout,” though her real name is Jean Louise. Thoughts? The name Scout serves a double purpose of being a child-like nickname, highlighting her youth and innocence, and reflecting on her quality of being “one who watches” in the novel. Consider her avoidance of her real name. Example of name analysis:

6  This method of characterization is the readers description of the character’s attitude. The character’s attitude is how the character appears to feel about what is happening to him/her in the story. Similar to how you may describe your attitude if you were in a similar situation. 3. Attitude

7  “She suffered constantly, feeling that all the attributes of a gracious life, every luxury, should rightly have been hers.” ~“The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant. What traits do these tell you??? That’s right: Resentment! Example of attitude:

8  Dialogue is the way in which a character talks. Dialogue includes the characters choice of words and syntax. It also includes the tone and diction (vernacular) of the character when he/she speaks. Is the character serious? Sarcastic? Shy? Obnoxious? Ignorant? Educated? Talkative? Etc…all these qualities can be conveyed through the characters dialogue. 4. Dialogue

9  “Come, we will go back; you health is precious. You are rich, respected, admired, beloved; you are happy, as once I was. You are a man to be missed. For me it is no matter. We will go back; you will be ill, and I cannot be responsible.” ~“The Cask of Amontillado” by Edgar Allan Poe Example of dialogue:

10  In this quote from the popular story by Edgar Allan Poe the narrator shows concern for Fortunato, the story’s antagonist. We know that the narrator wants revenge on Fortunato. When analyzing the dialogue here we can infer that the narrator is being sarcastic. If I needed to, I could also use this quote to discern qualities about the character’s education (good) and status (high, for the language is formal). We can also learn that he was once rich and powerful and is no longer. This points toward a bitterness (ATTITUDE) Example of dialogue (con’t)

11  The thoughts of a character can only be analyzed if we are inside the head of the character. This means that you can only include an analysis of a character’s thoughts if you are told what the character is thinking. 5. Thoughts

12  In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, the reader is very much a part of Scout’s thoughts (both young and old). Through the descriptions in the story the reader experiences the things which Scout experiences (and nothing that she does not). Who can’t we comment on? Example of thoughts:

13  When analyzing the reactions of others you are looking closely at how other characters in the story react to or treat the character that you are characterizing. Reactions include verbal responses and physical or emotional treatment. Character reactions can tell you if the character you are analyzing is liked or disliked, popular, honest, trust-worthy etc… 6. Reactions of Others

14  In a story the way other characters interact with each other can reveal a lot about the characters. In the novel, The Great Gatsby characters treat Gatsby quite poorly, even while benefiting from his hospitality. This demonstrates how thin Gatsby’s power over people really is and how shallow the influence money gives him is. This is reinforced, finally, when no one comes to his funeral – Gatsby himself is an idea, and illusion, and people treat him exactly as such. Example of Reactions of others:

15  A character can be analyzed by looking at an action or incident and how it affected them or how they reacted to it. What action did the character take when confronted with a certain situation. Is there and incident in the characters past that has shaped them as a character and affected the way they look at their life. Again, novels are hard work 7. Action or Incident

16  In the novella “Of Mice and Men” we analyzed how Curly responds to the crushing of his hand by Lennie. His acceptance of the proposal to tell everyone that he “got his hand caught in a machine” highlights a core theme of the novella – that of the men’s need to keep up façades of self- defense. Is there an incident that has shown a little bit about a character we know from the story? Example of Action or Incident:

17  The setting of a story affects the characters’ development as well as the plot. The physical setting of a story is where the story is actually taking place and can effect the way a character develops. The emotional setting of a story is the series of emotions that the character deals with throughout the story. The social setting deals with the circumstances of the place in which the story is set. 8. Physical/Emotional/Social Setting:

18  How would we describe the… Physical setting Emotional setting Social setting To Kill A Mockingbird?

19  Think about these for the facebook pages! And maybe analyze your own page to discover who you are…. Using the 8 methods to describe a character

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