Identifying With a Character
When we talk about a character, we often describe that character in terms of
character traits, descriptive adjectives like happy or sad that tell us the specific
qualities of the character. They’re the same kinds of words that we might use to
describe ourselves or others, but we’re using them to describe fictional characters in
something we’ve read.
The author may tell us these traits directly, but more often the author will show us
these traits in action. Our job as readers is to draw a conclusion about the
character’s traits (to infer them) from what the character says, thinks, and does.
We might infer a character trait from something a character does only once, or we
might draw our conclusions from a series of things the character says and does.
An easy way to think about characters is to make your list:
· jot down actions that the character takes then match them with descriptive adjectives in the
character traits column.
· list character traits that match your character; then gather a list of actions from the book that
support the traits you’ve listed
· jump back and forth between the columns listing ideas as they come to you; then go back to
fill in the matching information for the related column.
So… what do we do to identify with a character? After knowing these character traits, you would have to position yourself as the character itself, and let these traits show through your writing and your account on the story. Make sure all events of the story that you recount are indeed the events that the character experienced in the story.
There are several criterias of summarizing:
- One concise paragraph
- Author’s intention
- Main ideas
- No details