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Major character

a character who participates in much of the story's plot.

Minor character

a character who has a small role in the story's plot.

Flat character

a character the reader knows very little about, who seems to not have very many qualities.

Round character

a character the reader knows very well, a complex, very human character

Stock character

a character that fits a certain type that appears often in books, stories, etc. such as a mad scientist.

Direct characterization

when an author explicitly tells the reader what a character is like

Indirect characterization

when an author shows what a character is like by what he/she says, does, etc.

Dialogue

indirect characterization via conversation

Dramatic monologue

indirect characterization via speech to audience

Soliloquy

indirect characterization via talking to one's self

Dialect

indirect characterization via the way one talks and the words one uses

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