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  • 1. What is Character? Part I J. Santoy
  • 2. Character Analysis can discuss:
    • Individuals in the story.
    • Personality of those Individuals.
  • 3. Part I: Analysis of Individual/Character
    • MAJOR ELEMENTS include:
    • Main/Minor
    • Dynamic/Static
    • Round/Flat
    • Protagonist/Antagonist
  • 4. Determining Main/Minor Character
    • What is their role in the story?
    • What is their function?
    • Do they have a primary affect on the plot/events of the story?
    • Are they passive/receiving the actions?
  • 5. Determining Dynamic/Static Character
    • Dynamic Character: Changes or Grows
    • Static Character: Remains the same
    • Ask: Does the character change or learn?
      • What is the character like at the beginning?
      • What is the character like at the end?
      • Does he learn anything from the events?
  • 6. Distinguishing Between Round/Flat Characters
    • Round Characters
      • Many sides to their personality
      • Much more complex, seem more “real”
      • More interesting to readers
    • Flat Characters
      • One-dimensional; only one side to their personality
  • 7. Protagonist/Antagonist
    • Protagonist (good guy)
      • has a goal
      • Must be a main character
    • Antagonist (bad guy)
      • has a goal; to stop protagonist
      • Is usually a main character; essential to plot
  • 8. Interpreting Character: How do I begin?
    • Interpretation:
      • What do I think about x?
      • I.e. Your opinion?
    • Evidence:
      • Why do I think that?
      • Details from the story
        • Paraphrase, summary or quote
  • 9. Character Analysis: Mama, Dee, or Maggie Protagonist/ Antagonist Round/Flat Dynamic/Static Interpretation Main/Minor Evidence Character Element
  • 10. Character Analysis: Mama, Dee, or Maggie
    • Character Elements
    • Main/Minor III. Round/Flat
      • Interpretation A. Interpretation
      • Evidence B. Evidence
    • Dynamic/Static IV. Protagonist/Antagonist
    • A. Interpretation A. Interpretation
    • B. Evidence B. Evidence
  • 11. Character Analysis lets you:
    • Determine Importance of Character
      • Main/Minor
    • Determine Function of Character
      • Protagonist/Antagonist/Foil
    • Determine Complexity of Character
      • Round/Flat
      • Dynamic/Static