Characters 8th grade Mrs. Cline – Mrs. Coverdale
Character A character is a person or an animal that takes part in the action of a literary work.
Protagonist • The Protagonist is the main character in a literary work • Can you name some famous Protagonists that are found in literature?
Antagonist • The Antagonist is a character or force in conflict with a main character, or protagonist.
Do you know your Antagonists??? • On your paper take a few minutes to write down some Antagonists that you can recall from movies, television shows, and video games • Remember the Antagonist is in conflict with the Protagonist or, main character! • Helpful hint – you should now know why people use the saying “Don’t antagonize me!”
Flat character: a character not fully developed. Usually not the main character. • Round character: a fully developed character with many sides, like a real person. Types of characters
Flat character: a strong, silent soldier. We never find out much about him. • Round character: a strong, silent soldier. We learn his reasons for joining the war. We learn about his childhood, his fears, and his emotions. He becomes like a real person to the reader. Example
In order to create a round character, you need lots of details. • Create a fictional character by filling out the following form. Your character should be different from you in every way possible. • My Round Character • Character’s Name: • Hometown: • Favorite food: • Biggest fear: • Goal in life: Application
Static character: a character who does not change throughout the story. • Dynamic character: a character who changes in some way in the story. • Note that round and flat are different from static and dynamic. A round character can be static, and a flat character can be dynamic. Types of characters
Static character: a murderer on death row whose only regret is that he got caught. • Dynamic character: a murderer on death row who comes to know God and repents for his sins. Example
We will now make your round character a dynamic character. • Imagine your round character has to confront his biggest fear. In a paragraph, tell how he would change from that experience. Application
More about characters • Major Characters - Individuals who are essential to the story’s action. Attention and concern are given mainly to them. • Minor Characters – People who are not very important to the plot, but whose presence helps develop the story in some way.