November 13: Characterization

Key concepts from class:

  • What is the difference between direct characterization and indirect characterization?
  • How can you use the STEAL method to analyze an author’s indirect characterization?
  • Describe different kinds of characters: protagonist, antagonist, major, minor,  foil, round vs. flat, dynamic vs. static
  • Analyze the characters from Flannery O’Connor’s story “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

In-class reading: excerpts from Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

Homework: Read “The Child’s Story” by Charles Dickens, available here and “The Magic Bon Bons” by L. Frank Baum, available here, and answer the questions below.


  1. Why does Claribel buy the bon bons in Baum’s story?
  2. What makes the traveler sad in Dickens’ story?
  3. When were you most interested in the stories? Why? Please write out your answer to question 3 and bring it to the next class.

Class announcement: The course packet will be available at the copy center by Friday afternoon. This packet will contain all of the readings for the semester.


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