In-class writing: What defines your character? Group Discussions Choosing your prompt Formulating a tentative thesis Outlining your essay Vocabulary
How do others perceive your character?How does your character see him or herself?If there is a difference, what causes it?
What makes your character who he or she is? Explain or defend his or her behavior and actions. Consider these influences: Culture Family history Personal history Class/Occupation/Assignment Gender/Sex Aspirations
Write at least three questions that you would like to ask other characters in your group. Choose questions that will shed light on their motivations and behavior. Remember, they will be doing the same for you. When we get into groups, these questions will be the fodder for your discussion today. Jot down any discoveries you make about your character.
Is he or she a minor or major character? Does your character grow during the novel? Does your character reflect his or her culture in a significant way? Does your character suffer internal or external challenges that reveal his or her ethics, morals, or nature. Could your character be read as a tragic hero?
TOPIC 1: Not all supporting characters play an integral role in a story; however, sometimes a minor character is so important to the novel that the theme, plot, protagonist, or antagonist would be greatly changed if that character did not exist. From A Game of Thrones, analyze a minor character that plays a significant role. Write a well-developed essay in which you analyze the character and explain why he or she is a significant character in the work. Be sure to use specific examples and quotations to support your claims.
TOPIC 2: A dynamic character is one who changes or grows emotionally or psychologically from the beginning of the novel until end. Many novels have multiple dynamic characters. Choose one character from A Game of Thrones and write a well- developed essay in which you prove that he or she is a dynamic character. Be sure to use specific examples and quotations to support your claims.
TOPIC 3: Often a character reflects the culture of the country in which he or she lives, that is, he or she exemplifies the skills, arts, values, beliefs, and ideals of a certain people or country. From A Game of Thrones, choose a character that embodies the culture of the people he or she represents. In a well- developed essay, define the culture of one character and show how that character illustrates that culture.
TOPIC 4: Analyze a character that reveals his or her personality, ethics, morals, and nature through the challenges he or she faces. Think about the different types of conflict that exist. Conflict can be external, such as person versus person, person versus nature, or person versus society. Conflict can also be internal, for example, person versus self. How does your chosen character experience conflict during the novel? Keep in mind how conflict causes a character to change throughout the course of the story.
TOPIC 5: Aristotles ideas about tragedy were recorded in his book of literary theory titled Poetics. In it, he has a great deal to say about the structure, purpose, and intended effect of tragedy. His ideas have been adopted, disputed, expanded, and discussed for several centuries now. In a well-written essay, analyze a character from Game of Thrones, arguing for or against his or her status as a “tragic hero.”
1. Analyze a minor character that plays a significant role. Write a well-developed essay in which you analyze the character and explain why he or she is a significant character in the work.2. Choose one character and write a well-developed essay in which you prove that he or she is a dynamic character.3. Choose a character that embodies the culture of the people he or she represents. Define the culture of one character and show how that character illustrates that culture.4. Analyze a character that reveals his or her personality, ethics, morals, and nature through the challenges he or she faces. How does your chosen character experience and manage conflict?5. In a well-written essay, analyze a character, arguing for or against his or her status as a “tragic hero.”
Your thesis is a statement or theory that you put forward as a premise to be maintained or proved. It is also a map for your essay; that is, it tells the reader what you are suggesting and why you believe your theory is true. But your thesis does more than help the reader. A good, clear working thesis (one that may not yet be beautiful prose but that details your plan) can help you outline your essay.
If you don’t yet know which prompt to address, responding to a couple of them by writing rough theses might help you choose. Write out a rough thesis for at least one of the prompts: for example, if you chose topic 4, you might start with “Jon Snow reveals his personality, ethics, morals, and nature when he faces his life challenges. He struggles with both internal and external conflict: life at Winterfell, life as a bastard, life on the wall, and his struggle with honor, justice and duty. Jon changes as he confronts each of these issues, growing from an angry boy into an honorable man of the night’s watch.”
Of course, this working thesis is in its simplest form. You will likely change it significantly as you refine your thoughts and ideas about your character. For example, instead of saying “Jon Snow reveals his personality, ethics, morals, and nature when he faces his life challenges,” I would likely assert what kind of personality, ethics, morals, and nature that he reveals. I might even limit my thesis to the two most fruitful categories.
The more I understand about Jon and who he is based on how he confronts his conflicts, the more specific I would make my thesis. For now, a working thesis and a simple outline can help you see which questions you can, or want to, answer. They can also help you develop ideas about what you will write before you launch into your project.
Once you have your thesis (or theses written), start sketching out a working outline. Use your thesis to determine what you will write. As you make your outline, consider which textual examples you will use as support.
Intro External Conflict Thesis Life at Winterfell Internal Conflict Personality Personality Catelyn Mother/birth Ethics Ethics Defending Samwell Justice/fairness Morals Morals Nature Struggle with duty on the wall Direwolves Nature Conclusion Wanting to be a ranger
Read A Game of Thrones through 600 Post #10 In-class writing: What defines your character ? Slides 3 and 4 Post #11 Post your working thesis and outline. Find evidence to support your points. Include exact quotations and citations in your outline. Study Vocabulary: Test Tuesday