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Developing Effective Teams

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Watch the following videos and write down the definitions for the following terms:

  • Direct characterization vs Indirect characterization
  • Antagonist vs. Protagonist
  • Confidante
  • Foil
  • Narrator
  • Archetype
  • Sympathetic vs. Unsympathetic

Direct VS Indirect Characterization

This short video is about direct and indirect characterization.

Antagonist VS Protagonist

Sympathetic and Unsympathetic Characters

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Write down the definition of sympathetic and unsympathetic characters.

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Write down the definition of archetype. Read the whole page, but you are only responsible for the definition of archetype.

Narrator and Confidante

Narrator: the actual person who is telling the story can also be a character within the story.

Confidante: a character who is usually used as a device to develop the protagonist, and is the recipient of privileged information.

"French Toast" Short Animated Film

For the following short film write down the character types that you notice, and tell me what makes them that type of character.

Questions to ask when analyzing a character

  • What is a particular character's motivation?
  • With what is a particular character struggling, internally or externally?
  • Does a particular character surprise readers? Or is he/she dull and uninspiring?
  • How do most people feel about a particular character? Positive or negative?
  • Which character is most affected by the main conflict of the narrative?
  • How does hte author choose to reveal the attributes of the characters?
  • How do the actions and motivations of the characters develop the meaning of the piece?

Characterization Organizer