Today in modernity. I learned this fact.
- If a book was written in 1916 we consider this ‘modern’
- Even today
This is the assignment for Thursday. Read Young Lonigan pages 5-65 and basically write down the overall kind of person each character is, based on how you interpret them in the story.
How To Analyze A Character [Below is 100 more questions than we really needed but really just pick and choose]:
Where does the story take place?
Appearance: what does the character look like?
Personality: How would you describe the character’s personality?
Protagonist or Antagonist?
Thoughts: What are the character’s most important thoughts?
Feelings: What are the characters’ most important feelings?
Problem/Conflict: What is the character’s problem at the beginning of the story?
Goal: What does the character want to happen by the end of the story?
Outcome: How does the end of the story affect the character?
- Statements and Actions:
Statements: What is the most important or memorable thing the character says?
Actions: What is the character’s most important action?
Interactions: How does the character get along with other characters?
- My Impressions:
Like: What do you like most about this character?
Dislike: What do you dislike most about this character?
Personal Connection: Who does this character remind you of and why?
- Bigger Questions:
How does the setting affect how the character:
What events foreshadow the future?
How does the setting contribute to this?
How do the character(s) actions contribute to this?
- In the End:
Is the character Round? Flat? Dynamic? Static?
How do you know?
- Four types of characterization:
Speech and actions.
Direct comment from the narrator.
Speech and actions of other characters.
Four types of characters:
Round: A complex and fully developed character.
Dynamic: A character that develops throughout the story.
Flat: A character described by one or two traits.
Static: A character that does not change from the beginning of the story to its end.
Five ways to analyze characters:
Motivation: What causes the character to act?
Behavior: What does the character do?
Consequences: What results from the character’s behavior?
Responsibility: Is the character held accountable for his/her actions?
Expectations: Are the reader’s expectations fulfilled or challenged? Why is this so?
Questions for further analysis:
If they were a shape?
If they were a car?
If they were a weather system?
If they were an article of clothing?
If they were a book genre?
If they were music/song?
If they were a sport?
If they were a piece of furniture?
If they were an element in nature?
If they were a food?
If they were a number?
If they were a sound?
If they were an instrument?
This is the sketch of an outline that I came up with for the paper:
Who he is supposed to be “According to Mount Mission Statement”
- someone mature
- someone intellectual
- someone that benefits society
Shit that influences “good” behavior
- Shit that could make him mature
- Shit that could make him intellectual
- Shit that could make him benefit society
What he faces (pressures)
- Don’t know
- Heard it was good
- Heard he was a punk kid
How does this affect him
- His First Major Action and Consequence
- Second Action and Consequence
- Third Action and Consequence
Hope For The Future
- Will he ever turn into a law abiding citizen
- Will he
- WILL HE
Comparison to Modern World
- Do things still work the same way
- Are we all affected by these SAME pressures
- How would we react today- 1oo years (holy shit) later