Presentation on theme: "Characterization. Direct characterization The author directly states what the character’s personality is like. The author directly states what the character’s."— Presentation transcript:
Direct characterization The author directly states what the character’s personality is like. The author directly states what the character’s personality is like. Example: cruel, kind Example: cruel, kind
Indirect characterization Showing a character’s personality through his/her Showing a character’s personality through his/her What the character says, thinks, and does What the character says, thinks, and does How the character reacts to other characters How the character reacts to other characters How other characters react to the character How other characters react to the character
What other characters say about the character What other characters say about the character What the characters looks like What the characters looks like The setting in which the character is found The setting in which the character is found
What is Character Development? A technique used by writers to… - Add details to reveal more about a character as the story progresses, in terms of their… - Physical Appearance- Speech - Residence- Fears - Background Information- Desires - Personality
These details are developed through… Dialogue Description of actions Narration of thoughts Flashbacks Foreshadowing
What is Character Development? Character development is also used to… Show any changes a character may undergo during the story Show any changes a character may undergo during the story
Character Types There are six main classifications of characters; 1. Round: These characters are as complex as real people. Their motivations are complicated and the more important the characters are, the more the reader knows about them. (some development needed)
Character Types 2. Flat: A character who is written into the story for plot reasons—a flat character will move the story forward, but the reader will not know many details about them or their thoughts.
Character Types 3. Static Characters: These are characters who remain essentially the same from the beginning to the end of a story.
Character Types 4. Stock(stereotyped): a familiar figure with certain characteristics that are fixed, predictable, and unrealistic (minimal development needed) Ex. Damsel in distress, mad scientist, evil step-mother, loyal servant, the evil gangster, the humble hero
Character Types 5. Dynamic : often the protagonist – go through a significant change (emotional, spiritual, intellectual) in the course of the narrative. The change must be plausible. - Change is not always good / positive (significant development needed)
Character Types 6. Plausible Characters: These are believable characters for the reader. Characters cannot behave one way on one occasion and in a different manner on another occasion unless there are reasons for characters to do so.
Protagonist/antagonist Protagonist: the main character the story is about; the climax happens to them. Antagonist: the character (or obstacle) that is against the main character.
Character Types AntagonistStatic Character AntagonistStatic Character ConfidanteSympathetic ConfidanteSympathetic Developing characterUnsympathetic Developing characterUnsympathetic Flat character Flat character Foil Foil Narrator Narrator Protagonist Protagonist Round Character Round Character