These are the commontypes of characters wesee in literature.•Round characters•Flat characters•Dynamic characters•Static characters•Stereotype
•Round charactershave variouscharacteristics ortraits.•A round charactercan change or grow.•Readers see morethan one side of around character.
•Readers see one sideof a flat character.•Flat characters areusually minorcharacters and revealone or two traits.•Flat characters may beused as a contrast to amajor character.
Characters who develop and change are notonly round characters, but often dynamic. Scrooge changes from a tight- fisted, greedy unhappy man to one who was generous and loved life. Gru changes from a villain set on destroying the world to a loving father.
•Static characters are onedimensional—readers seeonly one side.•Static characters stay thesame and do not develop.•Readers learn little aboutthis character.•Static characters are flatcharacters.
•Sometimes characters withcommon, generalized traits arerepeatedly found in unrelatedstories.•These characters are knownby what they do and how theyact. Detective•The author doesn’t need totell us much about thecharacter because we’veencountered the stereotypebefore and can make someinferences.
The Protagonist is central to the actionof a story and moves against theantagonist.
The antagonist isthe villain or aforce whichopposes the theprotagonist.
Can you figure out what kind of character these are?
Meet Megamind!• His nemesis is Metro Man (the city’s big hero and defender)• He wants to ruin Metro City and defeat Metro Man.• He falls in love with Roxanne. A) Flat Character• He stops Tighten from B) Static Character destroying Metro City. C) Stereotype D) Dynamic Character• He becomes the new hero of Metro City.
Meet Mother Gothel• Gothel kidnaps baby Rapunzel so she can use her magic hair to stay young.• Gothel keeps the truth from Rapunzel about her real parents.• Gothel won’t let Rapunzel out of the tower. A) Round Character• Gothel stabs Flynn, the B) Protagonist man Rapunzel loves. C) Antagonist D) Dynamic Character
Meet Katniss!• She is strong, independent and able to provide for herself, but can also feel vulnerable.• She can be snarly but she can also be kind.• She is tough but gets scared.• She is smart, but can make mistakes when she’s A) Stereotype impulsive. B) Flat character• She loves her family but finds C) Round character it hard to open herself to D) Static character romantic love.
Meet Mrs Weasly!• She’s a mother to 7 children.• She washes their clothes and takes care of the house.• She fusses over her children and wants them safe. A) Flat Character• She’s a great cook. B) Round Character• She’s proud of her C) Dynamic Character children’s achievements. D) Protagonist
Meet Percy Jackson!• He’s a hero.• His friends look up to him.• He goes on a lot of quests. A) Antagonist• It’s up to him to B) Stereotype save the world. C)Static Character• He has to fight D)Protagonist monsters.
Meet Snow White!• She’s sweet and kind.• She’s good and loving.• Her Step-mother is cruel to her.• She helps out some dwarves.• She almost dies. A) Stereotype• When she awakens, B) Static Character C) Round Character she’s good, sweet, kind D) Dynamic Character and loving.
Meet Anakin/Darth Vader• He was a precocious boy who had the “force” in him.• He fought with the Jedi’s for good.• Because of jealousy and fear, he went over to “the Dark Side”• He sacrifices his own life A) Static Character B) Stereotype to save his son’s life. C) Flat Character D) Dynamic Character