What Is Character
What is Character? Part I J. Santoy
Character Analysis can discuss:
- Individuals in the story.
- Personality of those Individuals.
Part I: Analysis of Individual/Character
Determining Main/Minor Character
- What is their role in the story?
- Do they have a primary affect on the plot/events of the story?
- Are they passive/receiving the actions?
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?
Distinguishing Between Round/Flat Characters
- Many sides to their personality
- Much more complex, seem more “real”
- More interesting to readers
- One-dimensional; only one side to their personality
- has a goal; to stop protagonist
- Is usually a main character; essential to plot
Interpreting Character: How do I begin?
- Paraphrase, summary or quote
Character Analysis: Mama, Dee, or Maggie Protagonist/ Antagonist Round/Flat Dynamic/Static Interpretation Main/Minor Evidence Character Element
Character Analysis: Mama, Dee, or Maggie
- Main/Minor III. Round/Flat
- Interpretation A. Interpretation
- Dynamic/Static IV. Protagonist/Antagonist
- A. Interpretation A. Interpretation
Character Analysis lets you:
- Determine Importance of Character
- Determine Function of Character
- Determine Complexity of Character