Character development



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CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

Basic Terms


Literary Term

Definition

Examples

My Example

Main Character

The character around whom the conflict and plot revolves is called







Protagonist

-Hero of the story who is faced with a conflict

-Faces the major problem.



-In “SpongeBob SquarePants”:

__________________

-In The Lion King:

__________________






Antagonist

-Villain of the story

-Person who causes the conflict and obstacles that the protagonist faces



-In “SpongeBob SquarePants”:

__________________

-In The Lion King:

__________________





Flat v. Round: Character development is showing the ___________ traits and behaviors that give the literary character the complexity of a human being. The amount of character development affects the ____________ of the story.


Literary Term

Definition

Examples

My Example

Flat Character

-Not fully developed

-We know only one side of the character.

-Lacks a realistic personality.

-Often a stereotype (jock, nerd, ditz, etc)



-Hilary Banks from “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”

-Scar from “The Lion King”

-In “SpongeBob SquarePants”:





Round Character

-Fully-developed

-Has many traits (bad and good) shown in the story

-We feel that we know the character so well that he or she has become a real person.


-Harry Potter
In SpongeBob SquarePants:

_______________






Static v. Dynamic: There is also a range of character change in a story (with very static characters at one end and very dynamic ones at the other). Every character lies somewhere in this range.


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Literary Term

Definition

Examples

My Example

Static Character

-Does not experience a basic character change during the course of the story
-Supporting characters are often static


In SpongeBob SquarePants:

_______________


In The Lion King:

_______________








Dynamic Character


-Experiences a basic change in character through the events of the story
-The change is internal and may be sudden, but the events of the plot should make it seem unavoidable
-Protagonist is almost always dynamic

In SpongeBob SquarePants:

_______________


In The Lion King:

_______________







Name: ____________________________ Date: __________ Advisory:______
CHARACTER CONTINUUM

Round = character has many sides and layers.


ROUND / DYNAMIC:

Has many layers

Changes



ROUND / STATIC:

Has many “layers”

Does NOT change

(often in a supporting/side-kick role)


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ROUND: The character has many sides and layers. Complex.




FLAT / STATIC:

One-sided

Does not change

FLAT / DYNAMIC:

DOES NOT EXIST!


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Flat = One-sided, does not have many layers.

Name: ____________________________ Date: __________ Advisory:______
Character Vocabulary
DIRECTIONS: Use the word bank below to fill in the blanks in the paragraph.

Character Protagonist Antagonist Dialogue

Motive Dynamic Round Flat

Static Characterization Main Character

A person, animal or thing in a short story or novel is called a ____________________________. The character around whom the conflict and plot revolves is called the ____________________. ___________________________ is the change in the person from the beginning to the end of a story. The author’s way of showing what a character is like: the way that person looks, talks, acts, or thinks is called _________________________________. We say that a character who changes in personality or attitude is ____________________________, and those that remain the same are referred to as _________________________________. The hero of the story who is faced with a conflict is the __________________________ while the villain of the story, the person who causes the conflict, is called the _____________________. Characters that are not fully-developed or realistic are known as ______________________ characters. They often represent a stereotype like “the athlete,” “the airhead” or “the nerd.” On the other hand, _________________ characters show many traits, both good and bad, throughout the story.
EXTRA CREDIT- Take your best guess!

A _______________________ is the reason behind an individual’s actions. A conversation between two or more people is called a ______________________.








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