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Elements of Fiction: Character

  1. 1. G-EN270 INTRO TO FICTION The Elements of Fiction Character
  2. 2. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN “Character is plot, plot is character.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  3. 3. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Conflict :: We will not remain long interested in impersonal forces; we demand character
  4. 4. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Conflict :: Character v. character
  5. 5. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Conflict :: Character v. character • Julian v. his mother
  6. 6. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Conflict :: Character v. character • Julian v. his mother • Norma Jean v. Leroy
  7. 7. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Conflict :: Character v. character • Julian v. his mother • Norma Jean v. Leroy • Norma Jean v. her mother
  8. 8. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Conflict :: Character v. external forces
  9. 9. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Conflict :: Character v. external forces • Leroy and Norma Jean v. Randy’s death
  10. 10. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Conflict :: Character v. external forces • Leroy and Norma Jean v. Randy’s death • Leroy and Norma Jean v. Leroy’s accident
  11. 11. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Conflict :: Character v. external forces • Leroy and Norma Jean v. Randy’s death • Leroy and Norma Jean v. Leroy’s accident • Olenka v. Fate
  12. 12. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Conflict :: Character v. external forces • Leroy and Norma Jean v. Randy’s death • Leroy and Norma Jean v. Leroy’s accident • Olenka v. Fate • Wing v. societal norms
  13. 13. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Conflict :: Character v. internal forces
  14. 14. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Conflict :: Character v. internal forces • Eveline v. guilt, love, responsibility
  15. 15. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Conflict :: Character v. internal forces • Eveline v. guilt, love, responsibility • Julian v. ego, blindness to reality
  16. 16. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Conflict :: Character v. internal forces • Eveline v. guilt, love, responsibility • Julian v. ego, blindness to reality • Olenka v. Fate
  17. 17. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Climax :: The reversal or moment of insight is evident in change (or lack of change) in characters
  18. 18. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Climax ::
  19. 19. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Climax :: • Eveline’s inability to act
  20. 20. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Climax :: • Eveline’s inability to act • Julian’s recognition of his dependence
  21. 21. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Climax :: • Eveline’s inability to act • Julian’s recognition of his dependence • Norma Jean grasping her independence
  22. 22. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Climax :: • Eveline’s inability to act • Julian’s recognition of his dependence • Norma Jean grasping her independence • Olenka realizing the depths of unconditional, maternal love
  23. 23. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Motivation :: The whys and hows strong enough to effect the alleged change in character
  24. 24. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Unity :: Need for unity is greatest in presentation of character. Characters must be plausible, command reader’s belief.
  25. 25. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Significance :: We’re most interested in people. The meaning we take from stories concerns human nature, human conduct.
  26. 26. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Types ::
  27. 27. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Types :: • Flat
  28. 28. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Types :: • Flat • Stock
  29. 29. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Types :: • Flat • Stock • Static
  30. 30. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Types ::
  31. 31. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Types :: • Round/Complex
  32. 32. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Types :: • Round/Complex • Wide range of emotions
  33. 33. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Types :: • Round/Complex • Wide range of emotions • Contradictions, self-doubts, indecision
  34. 34. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Types :: • Round/Complex • Wide range of emotions • Contradictions, self-doubts, indecision • Characteristics that mark them as unique individuals
  35. 35. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Types :: • Round/Complex • Wide range of emotions • Contradictions, self-doubts, indecision • Characteristics that mark them as unique individuals • Dynamic
  36. 36. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Methods :: Author’s toolbox
  37. 37. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Methods :: Author’s toolbox • Direct characterization—telling
  38. 38. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Methods :: Author’s toolbox • Direct characterization—telling • What the narrative voice tells readers about the character
  39. 39. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Methods :: Author’s toolbox • Direct characterization—telling • What the narrative voice tells readers about the character “Ted Lavender…was scared”
  40. 40. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Methods :: Author’s toolbox
  41. 41. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Methods :: Author’s toolbox • Indirect characterization—showing
  42. 42. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Methods :: Author’s toolbox • Indirect characterization—showing • What the dramatized scenes show us about character
  43. 43. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Methods :: Author’s toolbox • Indirect characterization—showing • What the dramatized scenes show us about character “Ted Lavender…carried tranquilizers…six or seven ounces of premium dope…thirty-four rounds [of ammunition for the M-79 grenade launcher instead of the typical load of twenty- five rounds]”
  44. 44. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Ways of showing character ::
  45. 45. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Ways of showing character :: • Names
  46. 46. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Ways of showing character :: • Names • Physical features/ characteristics
  47. 47. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Ways of showing character :: • Names • Physical features/ characteristics • Clothing, dress
  48. 48. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Ways of showing character :: • Names • Physical features/ characteristics • Clothing, dress • Possessions
  49. 49. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Ways of showing character :: • Names • Physical features/ characteristics • Clothing, dress • Possessions • Actions, choices, decisions
  50. 50. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Ways of showing character :: • Names • Dialogue • Physical features/ characteristics • Clothing, dress • Possessions • Actions, choices, decisions
  51. 51. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Ways of showing character :: • Names • Dialogue • Physical features/ • Habits characteristics • Clothing, dress • Possessions • Actions, choices, decisions
  52. 52. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Ways of showing character :: • Names • Dialogue • Physical features/ • Habits characteristics • What others say • Clothing, dress • Possessions • Actions, choices, decisions
  53. 53. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Ways of showing character :: • Names • Dialogue • Physical features/ • Habits characteristics • What others say • Clothing, dress • How other characters • Possessions treat, respond to • Actions, choices, decisions
  54. 54. AR340 WEB-BASED DESIGN Ways of showing character :: • Names • Dialogue • Physical features/ • Habits characteristics • What others say • Clothing, dress • How other characters • Possessions treat, respond to • Actions, choices, • Self-portrait, thoughts decisions

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