Characterization

Definition:
Characterization in literature refers the step by step process wherein an author introduces and then describes a character. The character can be described directly by the author or indirectly through the actions, thoughts, and speech of the character.

Example:
Michael Corleone was not jus’ a mafiaso, but a family man. A man who walked the knife’s edge to preserve his sanity.

2 thoughts on “Characterization”

  1. Can someone tell me if the following, taken from The Story of an Hour, is direct or indirect characterization: “It was Brently Mallard who entered, a little travel-stained, composedly carrying his grip-sack
    and umbrella.”

  2. Direct characterization is when the narrator tells the reader something about a character. Indirect characterization is when the narrator shows the reader something about the character through the character’s actions, speech or appearance.

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