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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.

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