Character Analysis Short Essay

We all make judgments about people. We see classmates in the hall and comment on their clothes, behavior, or something they may have done. Often we come to a conclusion about what kind of person we think that they are, or reason why they do certain things. In doing so, we are characterizing them. We use the same tools authors use to create realistic characters in a literary text. As readers, our job is to identify those reasons why a character may believe or act a certain way in a literary text. This assignment will demonstrate your ability to identify and analyze a character’s reasons for actions or beliefs.

Here’s the assignment: 1. Read Assigned Short Story. 2. Identify examples of characterization for two main characters. 3. Choose one of the main characters from the short story assigned in class. 4. Identify an abstract noun that best describes the character you chose. This noun must be based on your reading and reflection of the Characterization in the story. 5. Follow the organizational form on the PLAN SHEET for writing your analysis 6. Identify at least three examples / quotes that support your topic sentence. 7. Write an outline on the practice sheet. Then write a draft on a separate piece of paper. Edit. 8. Rewrite a final copy on a separate sheet of paper double-spaced. Write your name in the top left. Followed by my name, the date, and class period. Grading: Your final product will be evaluated on the following state standard: •
LI.07 Identify and analyze unstated reasons for actions or beliefs based on explicitly stated information.

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