Character Analysis Essay Example

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How to Write a Character Analysis The character analysis is easily divided into three parts. Each of these is discussed in detail on this handout. Examining the character from these three perspectives will help you write an exemplary essay. A strong character analysis will: 1.identify the type of character it is dealing with. (A single character could be two or three types. See “There are different types of characters” below.) 2.describe the character. 3.discuss the conflict in the story, particularly in regards to the character’s place in it. There are different kinds of characters. Characters can be: ◾protagonists (heroes), The main character around whom most of the work revolves. ◾antagonists,…show more content…
He gets the girls, even when he doesn’t want to keep them. ◾the modern hero (Chuck Bartowski), This is the average guy who is put in extraordinary circumstances and rises to the challenge. ◾the Hemingway hero, This is the guy who has been in a war, drinks too much, gets his girlfriend pregnant, and she dies. Or guys like him. _goldilocks-The introduction can start with a quote, a question, a few lines of dialogue, or a statement. If you are writing about “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” you might have a beginning sentence such as this one: Why would any little girl be wandering in the woods alone? The simplest introduction includes things about the character which are relevant but not closely related to the developed discussion in your paper. For instance, if you are writing a paper on Goldilocks and a main aspect of this character that you are going to discuss is her hair, you probably aren’t going to write about her looks in the introduction. You might, though, include a discussion of what parameters of culture allowed a little girl to wander into the woods alone, particularly if you think her looks indicate something about why she was allowed to…show more content…
Ways to check on relevance would include looking at different discussions of the work on the net, your teacher’s introduction, or looking for descriptions of the time period online. You can talk about the history of a work in a character analysis introduction if the work was written in a time period other than present day. Often different time periods carried with them different expectations. If your subject is a female character in a mid-nineteenth century British novel, the expectations are that she is subservient, quiet, and a rule follower. This is particularly important to know if your character does not meet the social expectations of the day. Or, given the expectations for moder women, it might be just as important if she does. alice-w-flamingo You can talk about the background of the work if it has an interesting story behind it or if its background is particularly relevant to your character. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was written for a little girl and there are many inside jokes and references to the girl friends and family. If Alice is your subject, then this background would be
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