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Characterization

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TermDefinition
antagonist a character or force in conflict with a main character, a villain
character a person or animal who takes part in the action of a literary work
flat character embodies a single quality and does not develop in the course of a story
static character a character that does not change
round character demonstrates some complexity and develops or changes in the course of a work
dynamic character a character that changes
direct characterization the writer tells us directly what a characters personality is like
indirect characterization a writer allows us to exercise our own judgement by putting clues together to infer what a character is like, through how he appears, speaks, thinks, feels, relates to other characters, or acts
foil a character who is contrasted with another character
hero a characters whose actions are inspiring or noble
hamartia the error, frailty, mistake judgement, or misstep through which the fortunes of the hero of a tragedy are reversed
hubris overweening pride or insolence that results in the misfortune of the protagonist of a tragedy
tragic flaw the theory that there is a flaw int he tragic hero that causes his or her downfall
motivation a reason that explains or partially explains a character's thoughts, feelings, actions, or behavior
protagonist the main character in a literary work
stereotype (stock character) a fixed idea or conception of a character or an idea that does not that does not allow for any individuality and is often based on religious, social or racial prejudices
villain an evil character, potentially or actually guilty of serious crimes
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