Characterization notes (from “Angus”) Characterization: the act of creating and developing a character (making him or her seem believable) Three methods: Sharing the character’s thoughts, actions and dialogue Describing his/her appearance Revealing what others in the story think of this character Basic characters: Flat character- one or two traits; can be summed up in a sentence Ex. Angus’ stepfather, Alexander/grandfather Round character: complex, and many sided; might require an essay to explain; usually the main character (wellrounded, many traits) Ex. Angus Stock character: (special kind of flat) – a stereotyped character Ex. Strong sheriff, a brilliant detective In “Angus” – the stock character is Rick Sanford, a football player (popular, jock) Static character: stays the same (displays no change) from beginning to end Ex: Rick is a static character Dynamic character: undergoes a permanent change in personality; outlook (for better or for worse) Ex. Angus Bethune and Melissa LeFevre THEME: The central or main idea in a story. The message about life or human nature that is “hidden” in the story that the writer tells. Ex. Things are not always as they appear.