CHARACTERIZATION Flat v. Round Static v. Dynamic Relating and Reflecting
What do you think a round character is? A flat character?
ROUND CHARACTER Well-developed Has many traits, both good and bad Not easily defined because we know many details about the character Realistic and life-like Most major characters are round The test of a round character is whether it is capable of surprising in a convincing way. If it never surprises, it is flat character.
FLAT Not well-developed Does not have many traits Easily defined in a single sentence because we know little about them Sometimes stereotyped Most minor characters are flat
SO… ROUND- complex and realistic; capable of surprise FLAT- summed up in one sentence Like Puck Midsummer night’s dream
What do you think a static character is? Dynamic?
DYNAMIC Undergoes an important change in personality in the story Comes to some sort of realization that permanently changes the character A change occurs within the character because of the events of the story The protagonist is usually dynamic, but not always
STATIC Remains the same throughout the story Although something may happen to the character, it does not cause the character to change Minor characters are usually static
SO… DYNAMIC- character that changes significantly STATIC- a character that does NOT go through significant change
Point of View: Who is telling the story? How much do they contribute?
First Person Narrator Uses “I” Story told from a main character’s POV
Second Person Narrator Very rare Uses “you” and presents commands Often the narrator
Third Person Narrator Objective: neutral observer or recorder; reports what happens and what characters say ▫May be a narrator outside the text Omniscient: all-knowing; not only reports the facts but also may interpret events and relay the thoughts and feelings of any character Limited Omniscient: gives the impression that we are very close to the mind of ONE character, though from a distance