Author's Craft - Narrative Elements - Characterization

Characterization is the way in which authors convey information about their characters
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Storytelling involves more than lining up the action pieces, arranging them in a logical order and then drawing conclusions. Yes, dramatic action pulls moviegoers to the edge of their seats. And yes, conflict, tension, suspense and curiosity hook moviegoers. Yet, no matter how exciting the action, the character's emotional reactions and emotional development provide fascination. Any presentation with a strong human element increases the chances of audience identification.

What is it? Characterization is the way in which authors convey information about their characters. Characterization can be direct, as when an author tells readers what a character is like (e.g. "George was cunning and greedy.") or indirect, as when an author shows what a character is like by portraying his or her actions, speech, or thoughts (eg.
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In a recent plot consultation, a writer relayed a project that was filled with dramatic action and, thus, made for an exciting story. I found myself anxious to hear what happened next, and what happened after that. The writer masterfully provided more and more compelling action, and did so seamlessly through consistent dramatic action cause and effect. In other words, one scene's dramatic action led to the next dramatic action, causing the Dramatic Action plot line to rise quickly and effectively.
Still, amid all the intrigue and mystery, suspense and fear, the characters became more and more like cardboard action figures who allowed the dramatic action to happen to them rather than characters who were emotionally affected and emotionally responding to what was happening to them. The more exciting the action, the more the characters were ignored. The less I found out about how the characters, especially the protagonist, were being affected by the dramatic action, the less I cared about the story. Without the help of the character to draw me closer, I found myself separating further and further from the story.

Human sexuality is the way people experience and express themselves sexually
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Overview | How do literary characters evolve in various portrayals? How do these variations affect our understanding of the characters? In this lesson, students consider numerous portrayals of the same character to examine what gives characters lasting power and why and how they evolve over time.

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Share this on the Times article that they are about to read: “Thank you Conan Doyle for creating a character who lends himself to various interpretations, thus enabling him to remain alive for us to enjoy for decades! Each of the most enjoyable interpretations, including Rathbone, Brett and now, Downey Jr., have put a unique stamp on Holmes that contributes to his longevity. I say bravo!” Along with this comment, show students . Ask: Based on the images you have just seen of different Holmes portrayals, what strikes you about the character of Sherlock Holmes? How can portrayals of one character differ so widely? How do different portrayals add to our understanding of a character?

Meet the characters appearing in “American Horror Story: Cult.”

7. Ask: What “unique stamp” does each actress bring to the role of Juliet? Which one do you think Shakespeare would prefer? Why? How does each portrayal resonate throughout the rest of the adaptation, affecting how we see Juliet’s relationships, her situation and actions?

Doppelganger – Literary Devices

Do not worry if tracking the emotional components within your story is difficult for you. Most writers have strengths and weaknesses in their writing. For instance, many writers are particularly adept at creating quirky, likable protagonists who feel emotions strongly. However, more often than not, these same writers have difficulty creating dramatic action and coming up with lots of conflict and, thus, fail at portraying the ultimate character transformation.