Theme on Character Analysis Ch 4 in Thinking and Writing about Literature Character = a person, human being, literary figure Individual’s ___________________________and characteristics Psyche, ego, soul, consciousness, ____________________, being Figure out the outstanding traits: e.g. lazy, ambitious, anxious, serene, pugnacious, fearful, self-assertive, bashful, confident selfdoubting, adventurous, timid, noisy, quiet, truthful, careless, reasonable, hotheaded, underhanded, etc. Areas to consider: Appearance – physical, but relate it to the ________________________________ Character traits may determine outcome: Hero will be strong, steadfast, realistic, or an enlargement of reality, etc. Tragic hero – a __________________of character will bring the hero’s downfall Development or _____________________in character How is character revealed? The four ways a writer generally indicates character to the reader are 1. What the character _____________________________________ 2. What the character______________________________ 3. What other characters say about he/him 4. What the author says about him/her __________________________ (Check the 2 precautions given by Edgar V. Roberts just before the sample writings.) Assignment - Using the novel Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , analyze one particular character from the novel regarding significance and importance to the theme/message, evidence of reality, and completeness of character. [or compare/contrast two characters regarding the same concerns] Prewrite – complete notes above and the character activity sheet ____________ collect 5 quotes concerning the chosen character(s) and create a list of his/her traits _________ Outline – complete given form ____________ Rough draft- edited and revised ___________ Final due __________________ Final writing requirements– 2-3 typed pages, MLA style, parenthetical documentation for at least 3 quotations, Works Cited notation at the end.