Definition: The process by which a writer reveals the personality of a character. Two methods: Direct characterization Indirect characterization
Direct Characterization Indirect Characterization The reader has to use her own judgment and put together clues that the writer gives her. This is similar to what we do in real life when we meet someone and are trying to get to know them. 3 methods of Indirect Characterization. The writer tells the reader directly what the character is like. Example: …Beowulf, Higlac’s/Follower and the strongest of the Geats— greater/And stronger than anyone anywere in this world—
The writer reveals the character by: 1. physical description 2. describing the character’s actions, thoughts, feelings, and speech 3. revealing the character’s effect on other people; showing how other characters feel or behave toward the character.
Kinds of Characters Static Dynamic
Static characters do not change much during the story. Dynamic characters change in some important ways over the course of the story.
With your partner: Static Dynamic Partner A Partner B
List two static characters from Beowulf. Partner B Identify one dynamic character from Beowulf and explain what makes this person dynamic.
Kinds of Characters Flat Round They are more like real people.
Flat characters have only one or two personality traits. Round characters have complex personalities. They are more like real people.
Kinds of Characters Protagonist Antagonist
The main character in fiction, drama, or narrative poetry. Most are rounded and dynamic. Example: Beowulf The character or force that opposes or blocks the protagonist in a narrative. Example: Grendel
With your partner: Protagonist Antagonist Partner A
Identify the protagonist in the Iliad and explain why you believe this is so. Partner B Identify the antagonist in the Iliad and explain why you believe this is so.
Paired Practice: Complete the following with your partner
Partner A: Identify a protagonist you are familiar with in your life. Indirectly characterize this person giving one detail for each of the three methods. Partner B: Identify an antagonist you are familiar with in your life. Indirectly characterize this person giving one detail for each of the three methods. Together: 1. Create a conflict that would occur if these two people met. 2. Create a resolution to this conflict.
For Monday: Think about what kinds of characters would fit your conflict and the moral you want to teach. Come prepared to create!
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