A Definition

  • the ways an author portrays particular character traits of characters.
  • There are two ways to portray characterization - direct and indirect

Direct Characterization

  • When an author says outright what a character is like.
  • Example: Curly was quick and mean.

Indirect Characterization

  • When an author shows what a character is like through indirect means, like
    • other people's opinions
    • What he or she says
    • What other people say
    • How he/she acts
  • Example: We figure that George (from Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men) has a quick temper because he speaks harshly at Lennie when Lennie does something wrong.