Character Defined

  • Moral constitution of human personality (ethos)
  • Presence of moral uprightness
  • Presence of creatures in art

Creation of Character

  • Direct exposition
    • Explanation with the narrator telling reader about the character
  • Presentation of character in action
    • Seeing the character engage in actions that demonstrate certain qualities
  • Presentation from within character
    • Impact of actions and emotions on the character’s inner-self

Character Types

  • Protagonist
    • Chief character of the work
    • Originally applied to “first” actor in a Greek drama, leader of the chorus
    • In conflict with the antagonist (agon= contest)
    • Often thought of as the “hero”
  • Antagonist
    • 2nd most important character in the work (deuteragonist)
    • Works in opposition to the protagonist
    • Seen as rival, opponent, foil or enemy The villain
    • Agon = dispute, where Greek chorus split and took sides in the debate
  • Round/Dynamic
    • sufficiently complex so as able to surprise the reader without losing credibility
    • changed by the conflict encountered
    • seem real to life
  • Flat/Static
    • constructed around a single idea or quality
    • does not undergo growth, does not change their personality
    • more often minor members of the cast