Character Character = a person or animal in a story Types of Characters… • Major • Minor Major Character The major (main) character in a story is like the star of a movie and is central to the action that takes place. Minor character… A minor character is one who takes part in the action but is not the focus of attention. Types of Characters • The protagonist (or main character) is the central figure in the work. • The antagonist is the character or force pitted against the protagonist. More types of characters… • A static character does not change through the course of the action. • A dynamic character is one who does change. Don’t forget the Stock Character… A stock character (stereotype) is one found again and again in literary works. An example of a stock character is that of the mad scientist that appears over and over in different works – such as Dr. Evil, Dr. No, or Dr. Frankenstein. Round Character A round character is a complex, fully developed character. Flat Character A flat character is a onedimensional character, typically not central to the story The protagonist is usually… • The central character • A character the reader can identify with • Has a rounded personality (we hear what they say, what others say about them, we know what they think and how they feel) • A character with a dynamic personality Secondary characters are usually… • Static • Flat Character Motivation A motive is a reason that explains or partially explains a character’s thoughts, feelings, actions, or speech. If the motives of a main character are not clear, then the character will not be believable. Characters are often motivated by needs, such as food and shelter. They are also motivated by feelings, such as fear, love, and pride. Motives may be obvious or hidden. Character’s Qualities or Traits The personal traits that make up the character’s personality.