Chapter 10Understanding Characterisation By Melvin
What is Characterisation?• Characterisation is the way how writers create, develop and present the characters in a narrative.• It also involves describing the appearance, actions, speech, thoughts and feelings of the characters. In fact, anything can help to reveal their personality
Characterisation• We, as readers, are interested in what happens to the characters as it is what that drives a storyline along• It is useful for readers to understand the ways in what writers strike to make their characters believable and memorable as to make us become more of an attentive and responsive reader. When we care and become interested in a story, we will enjoy the story
Direct Characterisation• Direct characterisation is a technique where the writer tells us about a character by explicitly starting what he or she is like. The character’s personality and what he or she is thinking about so we do not need to inter from the information
Indirect Characterisation• Indirect characterisation is a technique where the writer shows us what a character is like through. For example, his or her appearance, actions, speech, thoughts, feelings and what other characters think and say about him or her.• While direct characterisation provides clear and immediate information about characters, it can lead to some readers to feel less involved or ‘connected’ with them. Indirect characterisation however, leaves readers to work out what the characters are actually thinking or feeling. This can be effective for engaging readers’ imagination.
Ways to understanding a character• There are four basic ways to understand a character by:• Appearance• Actions• Speech• Impact on other characters
Appearance• Appearance is the description of a character’s physical features, attire, facial expressions and body language such as postures and gestures. These external signs help us know more about the characters.
Actions• The actions of a character in a story will reveal information which will guide us to a deeper understanding of a characters’ thoughts, feelings and motivations. It is also helpful to consider what the character chooses not to do
Speech• The way how characters speak and interact also reveal a lot from them, giving us an insight into their thoughts, feelings and attitudes
Impact on others characters• Another way how writers help readers understand a character better is to allow them to see the character through the eyes of others characters in the story.