Characters The characters are the people and/or animals in a story. • The protagonist is the main character. They aren’t always the “good guy.” • The antagonist is the character or force that tries to get in the way of the protagonist.
Characters continued… • A flat character is one you only know a little about. • A round character is one you know a lot about! http://allaccesspassblog.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/tricks-to-teaching-character-types
Characters continued… • A dynamic character changes, learns, and grows over the course of the book. • A static character experiences very little change.
Setting • Setting includes time and place • Sometimes you have to infer what the setting of your book is, based on clues in the book.
Theme • The theme of a book is the main idea. • This should be a statement about life or behavior that develops over the course of the book. • A theme cannot be one word long!
Conflict • Conflict is the problem in the book. • There are two typesof conflict: external – a struggle with a force outside one’s self internal – a struggle within one’s self; a person must make some decision, overcome pain, quiet the temper, resist an urge. Etc.
Conflict continued • There are four kinds of conflict: man vs. man where a character struggles against another character. This is classic “good guy vs. bad guy” Can you think of any examples in literature?
Conflict continued • Man vs. Nature is when the main character struggles against the circumstances of life. Usually the character is struggling to survive Can you think of any examples in literature?
Conflict continued • Man vs. society is when the main character struggles against the traditions, expectations and rules of other people. Can you think of any examples in literature?
Conflict continued • Man vs. self is when the main character struggles with himself/herself, choices, ideas or right or wrong, etc. Can you think of any examples in literature?