Characterization

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Defining Indirect Characterization

Indirect characterization is the process by which the writer shows the character’s personality through speech, actions and appearance. When you watch a movie or television show, you can usually gather what type of person the main character is based on the character’s actions and reactions in different situations. There isn’t a label on the screen that necessarily says ‘angelic, gullible teen’ or ‘selfish, arrogant villain.’ Instead, you have to watch and listen to that person to notice how the character’s personality is revealed through the story. By doing so, you are seeing how indirect characterization is being used on the screen. This also occurs in many novels and short stories. Instead of watching the character, you imagine the character in your head as you read descriptions of the actions and dialogue.

Indirect vs Direct Characterizations

Indirect characterization should not be confused with direct characterization, which is when…

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