Character Analysis by Z7ny139

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                                   Character Analysis

Characters are a basic element in much literature, and therefore they merit considerable
attention. In fact, most outstanding literature is character driven as opposed to plot
driven. We need to examine the evidence in the work to conclude what a character is like.
We can tell about a character by what they say, how they dress, their actions and their
thoughts. More importantly we can discover who they are by whether or not they
contradict themselves in any of those aforementioned characteristics. When analyzing a
character you need to consider the following:

   1. What motivates the character?
   2. How do we learn what that particular character is like?
   3. Does the audience hear directly from the character (first person point of view), or
       does the audience hear about the character from either another character or a third
       person narrator?
   4. How do the character’s actions and conflicts reflect theme?
   5. Does the character learn anything important in the course of the story or not?
       (static vs. dynamic characters). How does that reflect theme?
   6. Why are the other characters there? How do they contribute to plot? To theme?
       To the conflict of the main character? (are they a foil or an antagonist or both?)
   7. Are the characters round? Flat? Stereotypes? Why would the author develop them
       so?
   8. How is the character presented?
   9. What is the character’s occupation?
   10. What are the characters surroundings?
   11. What is the genre of the work and is the character’s outcome sealed by that genre
       (tragic hero stuck within a tragedy)


Select a major or minor character from your summer reading. Answer ALL of the above
questions and provide two quotes (for each question) to prove your assertions.
                                   Character Analysis

Characters are a basic element in much literature, and therefore they merit considerable
attention. In fact, most outstanding literature is character driven as opposed to plot
driven. We need to examine the evidence in the work to conclude what a character is like.
We can tell about a character by what they say, how they dress, their actions and their
thoughts. More importantly we can discover who they are by whether or not they
contradict themselves in any of those aforementioned characteristics. When analyzing a
character you need to consider the following:

   12. What motivates the character?
   13. How do we learn what that particular character is like?
   14. Does the audience hear directly from the character (first person point of view), or
       does the audience hear about the character from either another character or a third
       person narrator?
   15. How do the character’s actions and conflicts reflect theme?
   16. Does the character learn anything important in the course of the story or not?
       (static vs. dynamic characters). How does that reflect theme?
   17. Why are the other characters there? How do they contribute to plot? To theme?
       To the conflict of the main character? (are they a foil or an antagonist or both?)
   18. Are the characters round? Flat? Stereotypes? Why would the author develop them
       so?
   19. How is the character presented?
   20. What is the character’s occupation?
   21. What are the characters surroundings?
   22. What is the genre of the work and is the character’s outcome sealed by that genre
       (tragic hero stuck within a tragedy)

								
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