1. terminology: round/dynamic, flat/static, stock/stereotype, protagonist, antagonist, antihero, hero, character description, character development, character motivation, allusion.
2.Task:Your task is to uncover and explain
1)HOW the author is influencing the way we, the readers, think and feel about his/her CHARACTERS;
2)HOW the CHARACTERS think and feel about one another
For examples of how you do this, consider sample questions such as the following:Is Chopin’s main character in “The Storm” flat or round? And how does this impact our reading of and reaction to that character?
Are there any stereotypical characters in Faulkner’s “Barn Burning”? And, what is the effect these characters have on the remaining characters as well as on the reader?
Remember that what an author chooses to include is important, that is what is emphasized by the author. You need to THOROUGHLY examine the ingredients the author uses to develop ALL characters in EACH story.
However, don’t forget about what can be an equally important ingredient: what an author choose to exclude. What is NOT emphasized, what is NOT present, what is deliberately omitted: you could/should talk about this aspect of characterization as well. The way to discuss this EXCLUDED information is to use the hypothetical: for example, Had Mrs. Mallard been described as X (instead of as Y), the reader would react (finish the sentence)
In short, use BOTH inclusion and exclusion. Isn’t it logical that your analysis would be more complete if you discussed not only what is present, but also what is absent? Further, wouldn’t you have more material, particularly for those of you who feel you are coming up short with your paper, if you used this approach?
3. Format: Make these FORMAT CHOICES:
Use SUB-HEADINGS with the characters’ names to organize your work.
Yes, you are still using paragraphs; and, yes, you are still responsible for building focused arguments within those paragraphs.
But you are arranging your text through the use of SUBHEADINGS, which identify the character, as the means of organizing your paper.
Here is an EXAMPLE of how your page will look:
Claim: Louise Mallard is a protagonist who reveals X about herself”
Evidence: 2 PARAGRAPHS, in which you PROVE the claim you just made.
Claim: Louise Mallard is a round character because she . . .
Evidence: 2 PARAGRAPHS, in which you PROVE the claim you just made
Carry on in this fashion, making NUMEROUS CLAIM