Secrets and Identity Character/Conflict Post Secret Interactive Notes
Protagonist: The main character. Antagonist: The person(s) against the protagonist.
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.
Protagonist: How do I know? Antagonist: How do I know?
Static Character: A person who does not change. Dynamic Character: A person who changes.
Static or Dynamic? Static How do I know? The character does not change her actions.
Man vs. Man Conflict: When two people are in a conflict with each other.
This post card is man vs. man because the character is in a conflict with her/his grandmother.
What is the man vs. man conflict in the post card below? How do you know?
Man vs. Self conflict: When a character is in a conflict with his/herself.
This post card is man vs. self because the character is conflicted with her own fears of loneliness and death.
What is the man vs. self conflict in the post card below? How do you know?
Man vs. Nature Conflict: When a character is in a conflict with the natural world.
This post card shows man vs. nature conflict when it discusses the tsunami. The conflict would be between the tsunami victims and the tsunami.
What is the man vs. nature conflict in the post card below? (That first line is supposed to be Hurricane Katrina.) How do you know?
Man vs. Society Conflict: When a character is involved in a conflict with society.
This post card exhibits man vs. society conflict because the character feels good about herself on the inside but society makes her feel about herself.
What is the man vs. society conflict in the post card below? How do you know?
Character Motivation is the reason characters do the things they do or act the way that they act.
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.
What is the character’s motivation in this post card? How do you know? What actions does the character take because of this motivation? How do you know?
Direct Characterization: When we are told traits or characteristics about a character without having to infer.
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.
What is the direct characterization in this post card? How do you know?
Indirect characterization: When hints to a character’s traits are given, but the reader has to infer specific characteristics about him/her.
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.
What is the indirect characterization in this post card? How do you know?
Now, it’s your turn: <ul><li>After beginning our reading of Of Mice and Men and learning all about character and conflict, you will now create a Post Secret Postcard for a character in Of Mice and Men . Choose your character and think about what secret this character would send into Post Secret. Create your postcard and then, on the back, write the following information: </li></ul><ul><li>1. antagonist/protagonist; 2. static/dynamic; 3. round/flat; 4. type of conflict; 5. character motivation and action; 6. direct/indirect characterization. </li></ul>