Presentation on theme: "By F. Scott Fitzgerald. Let’s Talk About Characterization What terms can we already use to talk about character? -Physical appearance -Attitudes -Relationships."— Presentation transcript:
Let’s Talk About Characterization What terms can we already use to talk about character? -Physical appearance -Attitudes -Relationships -Style/clothing/etc -Adjectives that describe personality -Using context, setting, symbolism to understand how characters change
Let’s Talk About Characterization Where and how to we find information about characters? -Author/narrator description -personality, attitude, behavior, style/interests -Descriptions by other characters -Dialogue of that character -Interactions with other characters (actions & dialogue) -Behavior in various situations (actions & dialogue)
Let’s Get Academic Dynamic Character A character that changes over the course of the story (usually as a result of the events of the plot) Static Character A character that doesn’t change during a story (despite the events that happen in the plot).
More Awesome Terms Round Character A character with multiple personality traits and several sides to his/her personality. Flat Character A character that has only 1 character trait or only 1 side to his/her personality. These characters are usually dynamic. These characters are often static, BUT it is possible for a character to develop from flat to round. Doing so makes him/her dynamic!!
Consider Some Other Examples Han: Dynamic Chewbacca: Flat & Static Hermione: Round & Dynamic Draco: Seems flat and static at first. In later books we learn more about him and he becomes “rounder”. Then in the final books he acts in a way that suggests a change in character - he has become dynamic!
One More Term Character Foil A character acts as a contrast for another character in order to highlight a specific trait or characteristic. Not this:
Recognizing Foils What characteristics are highlighted by the contrast of these two characters?
Group Work Work with a partner to name specific characters from The Great Gatsby who relate to each of these literary terms. Once you name these characters, please make sure to provide textual evidence (quotes) that support how you characterized each character. “I’m Gatsby...I thought you knew, old sport.” (48)