Some Class Notes on Character

Posted: October 12, 2017 in Home
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This is from 5th period today, but every class can benefit from it:

Analyze: to examine critically, so as to bring out the essential elements or give the essence of; to examine carefully and in detail so as to identify causes, key factors, possible results, etc

Some things to pay attention to when Analyzing Character:

Motivation: What force drives a character to act; what MOTIVATES that character? What reasons do characters have to perform actions?

Psychology: How a character’s mind works. Decision making processes, thoughts, unconscious mind, past traumatic experiences, mental state

Relationships: the characters’ interactions with others. How they treat others; how others treat them. Love interests.

Description: author’s details about the character. What does the character look like? How does the character dress? Physical features.   

Behavior: How a character acts and why.

Dialogue/Language: Determine character according to what the character says, how (s)he speaks to others. Consider tone, diction, syntax, style of speaking. Is the language simple or complex?

Unreliable Narrators

  • Compromised credibility (not a credible witness)
  • Intentional or unintentional
  • Wide range of causes: innocence, immaturity; lack of information, insanity, bias or prejudice, or just flat out lying.

Authors often provide clues of a character’s unreliability, but not always

 

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