Character Interactions <ul><li>Connecting with Characters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Main Characters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li...
Connecting with Characters What draws readers into a story? Vivid, complex characters whose problems and triumphs draw for...
Main Characters <ul><ul><li>The action of the story revolves around the protagonist and the  conflict  he or she faces.  <...
Subordinate Characters Subordinate characters  add depth and complication  to the plot. Main character Friends [End of Sec...
Flat Characters versus Round Characters Flat characters <ul><ul><li>have only one or two character traits that can be desc...
Flat Characters versus Round Characters Round characters <ul><ul><li>have many different character traits that sometimes c...
Dynamic Characters versus Static Characters Dynamic characters <ul><ul><li>change or grow as a result of the story’s actio...
Dynamic Characters versus Static Characters Static characters <ul><ul><li>do not change or grow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li...
Conflict External conflict —struggle between a character and an outside force. <ul><ul><li>character versus character </li...
Conflict Internal conflict —struggle between opposing needs or desires or emotions within a character.  <ul><ul><li>charac...
Conflict What type of conflict does the character face? Quick Check “ Y’all git some stones,” commanded Joey now and was m...
Conflict Internal conflict. She has to decide whether to join in or not. What type of conflict does the character face? Qu...
Motivation Motivation —what drives a character’s actions. It <ul><ul><li>explains behaviors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>is ...
Practice Think of a story you’ve read in which the protagonist faces powerful conflicts. Use a chart like the one here to ...
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Character interaction

  1. 1. Character Interactions <ul><li>Connecting with Characters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Main Characters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subordinate Characters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flat Characters versus Round Characters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dynamic Characters versus Static Characters </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conflict </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Practice </li></ul>Feature Menu
  2. 2. Connecting with Characters What draws readers into a story? Vivid, complex characters whose problems and triumphs draw forth our emotions and reveal some truth about humankind. [End of Section]
  3. 3. Main Characters <ul><ul><li>The action of the story revolves around the protagonist and the conflict he or she faces. </li></ul></ul>Protagonist —the main character of a story. Antagonist —the character or force the protagonist struggles against and must overcome. [End of Section]
  4. 4. Subordinate Characters Subordinate characters add depth and complication to the plot. Main character Friends [End of Section]
  5. 5. Flat Characters versus Round Characters Flat characters <ul><ul><li>have only one or two character traits that can be described in a few words </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>have no depth, like a piece of cardboard </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Flat Characters versus Round Characters Round characters <ul><ul><li>have many different character traits that sometimes contradict each other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>are much like real people, with several sides to their personality </li></ul></ul>[End of Section]
  7. 7. Dynamic Characters versus Static Characters Dynamic characters <ul><ul><li>change or grow as a result of the story’s actions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>learn something about themselves, other people, or the world as they struggle to resolve their conflicts </li></ul></ul>The changes that a dynamic character undergoes contribute to the meaning of the story.
  8. 8. Dynamic Characters versus Static Characters Static characters <ul><ul><li>do not change or grow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>are the same at the end of a story as they were in the beginning </li></ul></ul>Subordinate characters are often static characters. [End of Section]
  9. 9. Conflict External conflict —struggle between a character and an outside force. <ul><ul><li>character versus character </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>character versus society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>character versus nature </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Conflict Internal conflict —struggle between opposing needs or desires or emotions within a character. <ul><ul><li>character versus himself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>character versus herself </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Conflict What type of conflict does the character face? Quick Check “ Y’all git some stones,” commanded Joey now and was met with instant giggling obedience as everyone except me began to gather pebbles from the dusty ground. “Come on, Lizabeth.” I just stood there peering through the bushes, torn between wanting to join the fun and feeling that it was a bit silly. from “Marigolds” by Eugenia W. Collier [End of Section]
  12. 12. Conflict Internal conflict. She has to decide whether to join in or not. What type of conflict does the character face? Quick Check “ Y’all git some stones,” commanded Joey now and was met with instant giggling obedience as everyone except me began to gather pebbles from the dusty ground. “Come on, Lizabeth.” I just stood there peering through the bushes, torn between wanting to join the fun and feeling that it was a bit silly. from “Marigolds” by Eugenia W. Collier
  13. 13. Motivation Motivation —what drives a character’s actions. It <ul><ul><li>explains behaviors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>is often based on character’s fears, conflicts, needs </li></ul></ul>Motivation can be inferred by observing characters’ behavior, speech, actions. <ul><ul><li>reveals personality </li></ul></ul>[End of Section]
  14. 14. Practice Think of a story you’ve read in which the protagonist faces powerful conflicts. Use a chart like the one here to map out the conflicts and their resolutions, as well as the protagonist’s motivations. <ul><li>Protagonist </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Internal Conflict </li></ul><ul><li>Resolution </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>External conflict and antagonist </li></ul><ul><li>Resolution </li></ul>[End of Section]
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