Many different characters can make up a story, play, or piece of poetry.
How Character is Developed Authors use direct and indirect characterization to develop characters.
Direct Characterization With Direct characterization, the writer tells the reader what the character is like. “And I don’t play the dozens or believe in standing around with somebody in my face doing a lot of talking. I much rather just knock you down and take my chances even if I’m a little girl with skinny arms and a squeaky voice, which is how I got the name Squeaky (“Raymond’s Run” Bambara).
Indirect Characterization The old man bowed to all of us in the room. Then he removed his hat and gloves, slowly and carefully. Chaplin once did that in a picture, in a bank--he was the janitor (“Gentleman of Rio en Medio” Sedillo). With indirect characterization, the writer shows what a character is like by describing what the character looks like, by telling what the character says and does, and by what other characters say about and do in response to the character.
Character Development Direct and indirect characterization can be broken down into four distinct ways to present depth and information about characters.
An enemy may have prejudicial views that make situations worse.
A close friend of the character may be biased, thus less truthful.
What the Author Tells Us About the Character is Reliable To Build a Fire by Jack London “He was a newcomer in the land, a chechaquo, and this was his first winter. The trouble with him was that he was without imagination. He was quick and alert in the things of life, but only in the things, and not in the significances” (London 3)
Author as Storyteller What the author tells the reader about a character is to be accepted as insight into the character.
Many Characters When we discuss literature, we refer to characters as…