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Methods of characterization, classifications of characters
In our everyday lives, what are some ways that we can learn about a particular person?
1. Author’s Description: When the author says something directly about a character. This is usually physical description. 2. Character’s Actions: Implied characterization based on what the character does or does not do. As they say, actions speak louder than words.
3. What the character says (thinks) about him/herself: This must be taken with a grain of salt, because characters may not always be telling the truth. 4. What others say about the character: This tends to be fairly reliable, but consider the source here as well.
Which of these methods do you think is most reliable? Why?
Round vs. Flat characters A “flat” character is one that is simple, 2- dimensional, or easily defined as good or bad. A “round” character, then, is a complex, 3- dimensional character that seems more like a real person. This person cannot be easily classified at first, and exhibits a variety of personality traits.
Static V. Dynamic A static character does not go through any major change in their values or personality throughout the story. A dynamic character is a character that changes throughout the story in their moral values, outlook on life, or personality.
Direct Characterization: The writer describes directly the person’s traits or unique attributes. For example, I might say, “Lucy was aggressive and uncompromising.” Here, I’m telling you what Lucy is like. Indirect Characterization: The reader draws conclusions based on what he or she observes. Sophisticated writers reveal character through indirect methods: We may be told about a character’s appearance. Sometimes, a character’s outward appearance reflects his inner nature. We may be told about a character’s actions, which reveal the kind of person the character is. We may be told what the character is thinking. Finally, we may observe what other people say about and how other people respond to the character.