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Fall 2010
 When you first meet a character in a story, you make a
   You may say “He’s nice.” or “She’s mean.”
   “Nice” and “mean” are words to describe a character’s
 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
 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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