Types of Characters

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Round Character
a character in a novel, play or story who has a complex personality. We know their background, their emotions, and a lot about them as a character.
Flat Character
a type of character in fiction that does is not described in great detail. We do not know much about this character.
Dynamic Character
A character who changes throughout the story after overcoming an obstacle or learning a lesson.
Static Character
A character that does not change throughout the story or one that does not develop or grow
Protagonist
Usually the main character or leading figure in poetry, narrative, novel or any other story. This character is sometimes called a "hero" by the audience
Antagonist
A character or a group of characters which stand in opposition to the protagonist or the main character - sometimes called a "villain" by the audience
Direct Characterization
With this form of characterization, the author is telling you exactly what they want you to know about a character.
Indirect Characterization
With this form of characterization, the author may give clues as to how a character is, but it is up to the reader to determine the character traits.
Character Traits
Words used to describe how characters act during certain situations or what kind of people they are
Character Motivation
A reason behind a character's specific action or behavior

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