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Topics in Literature
Any of the persons involved in a story or play, or the distinguishing moral qualities and personal traits of a character.
Developing Character aka dynamic character
A character who during the course of a story undergoes a permanent change in some aspect of character or outlook.
A character whose personality is summed up in one or two traits.
A minor character whose situation or actions parallel those of a major character, and thus by contrast sets off or illuminates the major character; most often the contrast is complimentary to the major character.
A character whose personality is complex and many sided.
A character who is the same sort of person at the end of a story as at the beginning.
A stereotyped character: one whose nature is familiar to us from prototypes in previous literature.
Those figures who fill out the story but who do not figure prominently in it.
A person, real or fictional, who, whatever his or her past or conditioning, can change by an act of will.
The leading male/female character, usually larger than life, sometimes almost godlike.
A central character in a work of literature who lacks traditional heroic qualities such as courage, physical prowess, and fortitude.
In drama, a character, found in some plays, who, speaking directly to the audiences, introduces the action and provides a string of commentary between the dramatic scenes. The narrator may or may not be a major character in the action itself.
contributed by Gifford, Katya
9 November 2004