What Is Character

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What Is Character

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

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