Choose one of the characters from the novel and write a character analysis about
this character. In your thesis statement, you will need to make some
generalizations/observations about the character. In the body of your paper you will need
to prove your thesis statement by providing support from the novel. Use your character
map to gather insight about your character.
Part I
1 Paragraph
a. Clearly state the central idea of your paper
b. Thesis statement about the character that will be proven in the main section of
your paper
c. Name character and title of novel (underline title)
Part II
2-4 paragraphs
Organize the body of your character analysis and make up your thesis statement around 1
of the following 4 possibilities.
a. a central inner characteristic of the character (kindness, selfishness, fear of the
dark, etc.)
ex. Brad is blank person because of x, y, and z.
b. a specific change or growth of the character throughout the book
ex. Brad changes from x to y because of z..
c. the description of several (3 or more) significant incidences in the story which
gave you insight into the characters self
ex. Brad experiences x, y, and z which caused him to act blank.
d. discussion of the characters past which affects his/her current actions
ex. Because of Brad’s past, he is this type of person.
Use specific examples from the book to support what you say but do not retell the story.
Your topic sentence should be the conclusion you have drawn from observing the
incident rather than the other way around. You need to provide support for each
generalization/observation you make by using examples and quotations from the novel.
Part III
1 paragraph
Your personal feelings about the character
Conclusions you have drawn about your own life in relation to the character
Restate thesis statement
Summary of your ideas
Final form--typed, correct spelling & punctuation
Final draft due
Character in literature is an extended verbal representation of a human being,
specifically the inner self that determines thought, speech, and behavior. Through
dialogue, action, and commentary, literature captures some of the interactions of
character and circumstance. Literature makes these interactions interesting by portraying
characters who are worth caring about, rooting for, and even loving, although there are
also characters at whom you may laugh or whom you may dislike or even hate. The
purpose of a character analysis is to understand what the author intended the character to
represent through his/her thoughts, dialogue, and actions.
Major factors that should be considered when writing a character analysis are:
1. The Character’s Choices- The choices that people make indicate their characters, and
tells us where their priorities are.
2. Attention to Significant Detail- Whereas in life things may “just happen”, in
literature the actions, interactions, speeches, and observations are all arranged to give you
the details you need for conclusions about the character.
3. Major Character Traits- In writing about a literary character, you should try to
describe the character’s major trait or traits. As in life, characters may be lazy or
ambitious, anxious or serene, aggressive or fearful, assertive or bashful.
4. Appearance, Action, and Character- When you study character, be sure to consider
physical descriptions, but also be sure to relate the physical to the mental. Suppose your
author stresses neatness of one character and the sloppiness of another. Most likely, these
descriptions can be related to your character study and also applies to your treatment of
what the character does.
5. Change and Development- Often a character as a result of significant events or
details of the story, will change or develop. It is important to note these changes and
developments and trace them to the events which make them happen.
6. The Characters Development- Look for 4 specific ways in which the author gives
you information about the character.
a. What the character themselves say and think
b. What the characters do
c. What other characters say about them
d. What the author says about them in the narration
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