"Define what characterisation is, and how it is used in novels"
Characterisation is the way a character is developed and presented in a story. It is often used to explore themes, motivations and reactions of characters. Characterisation can include physical description, dialogue and behaviour.
Characterization is used in literature to make a story more interesting by adding depth and emotion to the characters. A character's personality can be revealed without them actually saying anything. In some stories, the character's personality can be revealed through their body language, facial expressions, and other non-verbal cues.
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Work together in pairs: Q: What is the difference between characterisation and plot in a novel?
Brain break: Draw an octopus playing the guitar on the beach
What does the term 'characterisation' refer to in literature?
Which of the following is NOT a method of characterisation?
- Physical description
- Plot development
What is indirect characterization?
- When an author explicitly states what a character is like.
- When a reader must infer what a character is like based on their actions, thoughts, and interactions with other characters.
- When an author only describes how characters look.
How do writers use direct characterization to reveal information about their characters?
Why is dynamic characterization important?
- It helps establish the setting.
- It makes for more interesting and complex characters.
- It allows for more detailed physical descriptions of characters.