In a few words, define characterization?
"Understand characterization as the way that an author presents a character and reveals character traits. "
Characterization is the process of creating and describing a character in a story or novel. Characterization includes physical descriptions, motivations, thoughts, and behaviors of a character. Characterization helps readers understand a character and how they contribute to the story.
Characterization: What Does It Mean?
Characterization is the process of revealing a character’s personality traits, motivations, and behavior through action, dialogue, and description in a story. Direct Characterization is when the narrator or author directly states the personality traits of a character. Indirect Characterization is when the narrator or author reveals the character’s personality by showing the character’s thoughts, actions, and dialogue.
Dynamic characters are characters that change throughout a story. Static characters are characters that stay the same throughout a story.
Work together in pairs: Which of the following is NOT a way to reveal a character's traits in a story
- Through what the character says to other characters.
- Through what the author says about the character.
- Through the story's setting
- Through the character's actions and behaviors
Work together in pairs: What is an example of a dynamic character in The Run?
What are two types of characterization?
- Direct and indirect
- First person and third person
- Internal and external
Which type of characterization is when the author tells us directly what the character is like?
Which type of characterization is when we learn about characters through their actions, thoughts, feelings, or words?
Determine a personality trait after reading: "After he arrived 25 minutes late for the date, he proceeded to honk the horn from his car, forcing me to scamper across the ice-covered steps in my stilettos."
Determine a personality trait after reading: "She twisted her fingers in her hands and bit her lip. Her leg jiggled quickly, and her eyes darted from side to side."
Determine a personality trait after reading: "Brad spends two to four hours a day getting himself ready. This regimen includes an extensive time period during which Brad lovingly admires his appearance in the mirror."