Round vs. Flat

Methods of Characterization:
1. Showing characters
2. Showing the characters
3. Showing the characters
4. Character speaking
5. Reaction to the character
from others
The Most Dangerous Game Connections:
An example from The Most Dangerous Game is
when Rainsford first heard the gunshots from
the islands. “An abrupt sound startled him. Off
to the right he heard it, and his ears, expert in
such matters, could not be mistaken.” This is
the author DIRECTLY telling us about
Rainsford’s good hearing, there’s no inferring
or assumptions here, so it’s Direct
Another example from The Most Dangerous
Game is a few of Zarrof’s lines. . "I had to invent
a new animal to hunt,"
"I wanted the ideal animal to hunt," explained
the general. "So I said, `What are the attributes
of an ideal quarry?' And the answer was, of
course, `It must have courage, cunning, and,
above all, it must be able to reason."'
"But no animal can reason," objected
"My dear fellow," said the general, "there is one
that can.“ These lines all hint at a core
character trait of Zarrof: He hunts people. This
is indirect characterization, because the author
does not just come out and tell it to us.
Antagonist-a character in a story or poem who
deceives, frustrates or works against the main
character in some way
Protagonist-the main character, who is not necessarily
a hero or a heroine but strives for a perfect or better
solution to the problem.
Ex: In The Most Dangerous Game Rainsford would be considered the
protagonist.Rainsford had an opportunity to do the wrong thing, hunt
people.Instead of taking the opportunity he declined and even after he
learned the effects of his answer he still went with the right thing to
do.In order to change a bad situation to better Rainsford killed the
general but for that small price of one many more will live.This means
General Zaroff would be the antagonist.General Zaroff killed people for
his pleasure and amusment.Thinking he was doing nothing wrong he
continued to kill or have the person beaten.Rainsford resolved his
problem along with solving the main problem.For the small price of
general Zaroffs life many more good men will live