#36 Characterization

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#36 Characterization

Characterization is the way in which authors convey information about their characters. Characterization can be direct, as when an author tells readers what a character is like by what a character is like, ( Paul was cunning and greedy), or indirect as when an author shows what a character is like by portraying his or her actions, speech or thought, (On the crowded train station, Eric slipped his hand into the man's coat pocket and removed the wallet, undetected.) Descriptions of a character's appearance, behavior, interests, manner of speech and other mannerisms are all part of characterizations. For stories within the first person point of view, the narrative voice or way of telling the story, is essential to the characterization. Some character traits are active, adventurous, afraid, ambitious, anxious, anxious, argumentative, bewildered. bewildered, bossy, brave, brilliant, calm, bully, capable, carefully, caring, charismatic, charming, childish, clever, clumsy,  coldhearted, compassionate, competitive, considerate, cooperative, courageous, cowardly, critical, cruel, curious, daring, etcetera,

Characterization is a literary device that is used step by step in literature to highlight and explain the details about a character in a story. It is in the middle stage where the writer introduces the character with noticeable emergence and then following the introduction, of the character, the writer often talks about his behavior, then as the story progresses, the thought-process of the character. The next stage involves the character expressing his opinion and ideas, and getting into conversations with the rest of the characters. The final part shows how others in the story respond to character and personality.