Over the next week, we will be continuing our discussions about complex characters (those with multiple or conflicting motivations). Big idea: which characters have we encountered this year that are complex? What makes them complex?
A couple of things to keep in mind:
1. Remember Spongebob and how he helped us discover the traits of characterization? Don’t forget about him! In fact, try to find that worksheet/character chart I handed out a while back when we started “The Crucible”. I have extra copies if you need it. These traits of characterization are like the ingredients for a thoughtful discussion about complex characters.
2. These “ingredients” contribute to the following traits of a complex character, and give us words and phrases to use when writing or discussing what makes a character complex…
A character is referred to as COMPLEX (or DYNAMIC or ROUND) if s/he:
- Undergoes an important change as the plot unfolds;
- Experiences change (good or bad) as a result of his or her own actions/ experiences in the story;
- Possesses a variety of traits and different sides to his/her personality–some of which may even create conflict within the character;
- Displays strengths, weaknesses, and a full range of emotions;
- Experiences significant interactions with other characters; and/or
- Advances the plot or develops a major theme in the text.
We will continue to discuss these traits in class over the next week.