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  • 1. Direct and Indirect Characterization
  • 2. Characterization is the process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character. Characterization is revealed through direct characterization and indirect characterization .
  • 3. Direct Characterization tells the audience what the personality of the character is. Example : “ The patient boy and quiet girl were both well mannered and did not disobey their mother.” Explanation: The author is directly telling the audience the personality of these two children. The boy is “patient” and the girl is “quiet.”
  • 4. Indirect Characterization shows things that reveal the personality of a character. There are five different methods of indirect characterization.
  • 5. Speech What does the character say? How does the character speak?
  • 6. Thoughts What is revealed through the character’s private thoughts and feelings?
  • 7. Effect on others toward the character. What is revealed through the character’s effect on other people? How do other characters feel or behave in reaction to the character?
  • 8. Actions What does the character do? How does the character behave?
  • 9. Looks What does the character look like? How does the character dress?
  • 10. Now, use what one character said, thought, effected others with, acted like and looked like to analyze that character in the following chart: Type of Indirect Characterization Examples Explanation Speech ___________________________________________________________________ Thoughts ___________________________________________________________________ Effect on others ___________________________________________________________________ Actions ___________________________________________________________________ Looks