All stories need certain necessary elements. Without these elements, literary works are often meaningless. For example, one of the essential elements of any story is a plot with a series of events. Another important element is a character. It can be any person, a figure, an inanimate object, or an animal. There are different types of characters, each fulfilling its unique role in a story or literary work.
There are many types of characters including:
The confidant is someone the main character trusts. He reveals the thoughts, intentions, and personality traits of the central character. However, a confidant does not necessarily have to be a person. An animal can also be a confidant.
A dynamic character changes over the course of a novel or story. This change in character or point of view is permanent. This is why a dynamic character is sometimes referred to as an "evolving character".
A static character stays the same Even the events in a story or a novel do not change anything in the views, perceptions, habits, personality or motivations of the character.
An antagonist is a villain or an opponent of the protagonist or the main character The story arises from a conflict between the protagonist and the antagonist. The antagonist can be a person, an inanimate object, an animal or nature itself.
Each story has a protagonist, the main character who creates the plot of the plot and involves the reader.The protagonist is often a hero or a heroine of the story, there all of the action moves around him.
Round characters are well-developed and complex figures in a story. They are more realistic and show more depth in their personalities. They can make surprising or puzzling decisions and attract readers' attention. There are many factors that can affect them , and round characters react to such factors realistically. As a flat character, the original character does not undergo any development throughout the story
Character examples in literature
Example # 1: The Lord of the Rings trilogy (by J.)
In The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Frodo and his friend Sam discover his unexpected personal commitment, emotional and physical strength, and dedication to the cause. Gandalf discovers that his trust has been broken by his fellow wizards, and so transforms himself into a wizard with a stronger character. Arornorn, an heir to the line of kings, gives up his title; However, over time, he discovers his leadership skills and decides to reclaim his crown. All of these characters provide us with good examples of round characters, each of which has depth of personality and can surprise readers.
Example 2: A Christmas Story (by Charles Dickens)
In Charles Dickens' A Christmas Story, Ebenezer Scrooge is a person with tight fists. He forces his workers to work hard, but gives them peanuts in return. After some very strange and disturbing experiences with the ghosts, he changes his behavior - he pays his employees more than their fair wages, gives them days off and even gives gifts. This transformation makes him fit for the role of a dynamic character.
Example 3: Hedda Gabler (by Henrik Ibsen))
Hedda Gabler is manipulative, cold and "demonic", although she is the title character - the focus of the piece. She's the most complex and psychologically compelling character, the reason she's a Dyna mic character.
Example 4: Othello (by William Shakespeare)
In some places Iago seems to be the protagonist as he dominates the entire play and provides monologues. However, he does not change at all, and most of the protagonists experience some kind of change during a play, furthermore, in the opening lines, Iago describes himself as someone who wishes to destroy Othello, so his actions they transform it into a tragic one. antagonistic type of character, although he is the central character of the play
The main function of a character in a story is to extend or prolong the plot, make it readable and interesting Many stories use multiple characters, and each story has a main character that greatly affects the plot. The main character can be a protagonist, an antagonist, a dynamic, static, flat or round character. Readers feel that the characters given in the literary pieces exist, and enjoy reading their real and realistic figures and actions.
Popular Literary Devices
- Ad Hominem
- Deus Ex Machina
- Double Entendre
- Flash Forward
- Half Rhyme
- Internal Rhyme
- Line Break
- Non Sequitur
- Pathetic Fallacy
- Poetic Justice
- Point of View
- Red Herring
- Tragic Flaw