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Character Analysis

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  • 1. How to Analyze a Character
  • 2. Four types of characterization Physical description. Speech and actions. Direct comment from the narrator. Speech and actions of other characters.
  • 3. Four types of characters Round: A complex and fully developed character. Dynamic: A character that develops throughout the story. Flat: A character described by one or two traits. Static: A character that does not change from the beginning of the story to its end.
  • 4. MAJOR CHARACTERS Almost always round or three-dimensional characters. They have good and bad qualities. Their goals, ambitions and values change. A round character changes as a result of what happens to him or her. A character who changes inside as a result of what happens to him is referred to in literature as a DYNAMIC character. A dynamic character grows or progresses to a higher level of understanding in the course of the story.
  • 5. Minor Characters Almost always flat or two-dimensional characters. They have only one or two striking qualities. Their predominant quality is not balanced by an opposite quality. They are usually all good or all bad. Such characters can be interesting or amusing in their own right, but they lack depth. Flat characters are sometimes referred to as STATIC characters because they do not change in the course of the story.
  • 6. Protagonist  Protagonist  The main character in the story
  • 7. Antagonist  Antagonist  The character or force that opposes the protagonist.
  • 8. Foil  Foil  A character who provides a contrast to the protagonist.

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