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Focus on character

  1. 1. Elements of Fiction<br />Focus onCHARACTER<br />
  2. 2. EnhancingYour Understanding<br />1<br />3<br />2<br />Identify the Characters<br />Discover <br />Their Purpose<br />Focus on<br />Development<br />There is no story without a character.<br />
  3. 3. Identify The Character<br />Who and What <br />1<br />
  4. 4. TheProtagonist<br />It’s WHO the story is all about.<br />Usually good, but NOT always.<br />TheAntagonist<br />It’s WHO is AGAINST the Protagonist.<br />Usually bad, but NOT always.<br />Major Categories of Characters<br />
  5. 5. The ROLESThey Play<br />
  6. 6. Roundvs. Flat<br />
  7. 7. 2<br />Focus On Development<br />Discovering the Character<br />
  8. 8. It’s not just about the telling a story, it’s about<br />SHOWING IT<br />
  9. 9. Direct<br />Characterization<br /> …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. <br />From “Raymond’s Run” by T. Bambara<br />
  10. 10. Indirect<br />Characterization<br /> 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.<br />From “Gentleman of Rio en Medio” by J. Sedillo<br />
  11. 11. “From Ernest Hemingway's stories, I learned to listen within my stories for what went unsaid by my characters.”Nadine Gordimer<br />Saying it without saying it<br />
  12. 12. How the character speaks<br />
  13. 13. What the character thinks<br />
  14. 14. How the characteracts<br />
  15. 15. How the characterreacts<br />
  16. 16. How othersreact to the character<br />
  17. 17. What others say about the character<br />
  18. 18. 3<br />Discover Their Purpose<br />Why bother with characters at all?<br />
  19. 19. MOTIVATION<br />“Wanting something is not enough. You must hunger for it. Your motivation must be absolutely compelling in order to overcome the obstacles that will invariably come your way.”<br />Les Brown<br />
  20. 20. RELATIONSHIPS<br />“Life is partly what we make it, and partly what it is made by the friends we choose.”<br />Tennessee Williams<br />
  21. 21. CONFLICT<br />“I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never dull.”<br />Oprah Winfrey<br />
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  23. 23. FOCUS ON FICTION<br />What’s Your Message?<br />

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