Character Analysis Outline

Quotes as Evidence
Intro

Thesis
Title and author (date)
Name of character being analyzed

1st Body Paragraph
(not a plot summary)
a summary of the novel
characters
setting
general statement of conflict
(primary conflicts mentioned)
Themes!

Remember that for each quote you need to introduce
the quote (who is speaking / in what context are they
speaking); provide a citation; and you must explain the
significance of the quote (how does it relate to the
topic of the paragraph and to the theiss of the paper).

Who is speaking / context: ______________
____________________________________
___________________________________
Quote ______________________________
____________________________________

2nd Body
Analysis of Protagonist (Initial State)
*optional discuss methods of
characterization

____________________________________

X^x Body
What forces (conflicts) impact the
character, how does s/he respond
What changes do / don’t / should
take place

thesis? ______________________________

Last Body
Description of the terminal character
Analysis of how/ why & suitability of
change

Who is speaking / context: ______________

Conclusion
Relates character’s change (or lack
thereof) to theme; to the analyzer’s
life; expands the novel to the world at
large

____________________________(_____)

.

How does this relate to and support my
____________________________________
____________________________________

____________________________________
___________________________________
Quote ______________________________
____________________________________
____________________________________
____________________________(_____)

.

How does this relate to and support my
thesis? ______________________________
____________________________________
___________________________________
REPEAT AS NECESSARY

Zartler 2008

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