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Douglas Fall 2010 When you first meet a character in a story, you make a judgment. You may say “He’s nice.” or “She’s mean.” “Nice” and “mean” are words to describe a character’s personality. The author, through the narrator, tells us what the character is like. Comments Direct statements The author, through the actions or words of the character or another character, shows us what the character is like. Appearance Actions Words Thoughts and feelings Reactions of other characters Org, the ugly, was usually angry. He raised his slimy fists and beat them against his huge, hairy chest. “I feel just like a dark sky,” Org shouted. “I haven’t seen him this angry in a long time,” said Org’s wife to the cook. Poster Topic: How is your character characterized? Due: Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 Directions: Write a poster essay in your group. The essay must reflect how direct and indirect characterization develops the character. Create a rough draft and a final draft. Two people should be in charge of finding quotations, another person to write the paragraph, and someone else to edit the writing. Group members may have more than one job assignment. Use your time wisely and keep everyone working the whole time. Each group member will use the analysis paragraph but create a different poster. Your poster needs to have the following elements: an analysis paragraph with TWO quotations, a title, and an illustration. Please include the literary terms direct and indirect characterization appropriately. In Tale of Two Cities, Carton is characterized as self-sacrificing and self-loathing. Carton is a lawyer who defended one of the main characters, Charles Darnay, when he was wrongfully accused of treason. At the time of the trial, Carton meets and falls in love with Lucie Manette. Although he loves her, he feels that because of his fondness for drinking that he is not good enough for her. Carton maintains his status as a friend of Charles and Lucie throughout the book. Through indirect characterization the reader learned that Carton is self-loating. After Darnay's first trial, Carton tells Charles "I am a disappointed drudge, sir. I care for no man on earth, and no man on earth cares for me" (57). When Carton says that he is a drudge and no one cares for him, he is drunk and his words express his self-hatred. Interestingly though, at the end of the book Carton is self-sacrificing when he dies at the guillotine for his true love Lucie. Carton switches places with Darnay just before he was exicuted. A young seamstress, also about to be beheaded, recognizes that the man she is talking to is not Darnay and she say, "'Are you dying for him?' she whispered." To this Darnay replies, "'And his wife and child. Hush! Yes'" (274). By giving his life so that Lucie can still be with the one she loves, Carton shows through indirect characterization that he is willing to sacrifice the greatest thing he has for Lucie-his life. This makes Carton a very complex and moving character.
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