Direct and Indirect Characterization with PostSecret

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Looking at characterization using PostSecret postcards (some are a little more mature)

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Direct and Indirect Characterization with PostSecret

  1. 1. Protagonist: The environmentally aware person that drives a hybrid car. How do I know? Because his/her car is the main focus. Antagonist: People who do not drive hybrid cars How do I know? People without hybrid cars are destroying the environment in this person’s eyes.
  2. 2. Protagonist: How do I know? Antagonist: How do I know?
  3. 3. Static or Dynamic? Static How do I know?
  4. 4. Static or Dynamic? How do you know?
  5. 5. Round or Flat? Round How do I know? Because the character is conflicted, has multiple sides, and is like a real person.
  6. 6. Round or Flat? How do you know?
  7. 7. The character’s motivation in this post card was to avoid paying a parking ticket. The action he/she took was to switch the ticket with another car.
  8. 8. What is the character’s motivation in this post card? How do you know? What actions does the character take because of this motivation?
  9. 9. The direct characterization in this post card is that we are told outright that the man wishes to be a fireman, but chooses being a father over his job. This is direct characterization because we don’t have to make inferences about either of this traits, we’re told without having to think about it.
  10. 10. What is the direct characterization in this post card? How do you know?
  11. 11. This post card shows indirect characterization because we can infer that the creator is hurting and missing someone who is at war. The creator does not say this outright, but instead exhibits sadness at the sound of a soldier’s voice on the phone.
  12. 12. What is the indirect characterization in this post card? How do you know?

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