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character terms - Abrams M.H A Glossary of Literary Terms 7...

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The chief character in a plot, on whom our interest centers, is called the protagonis t (or alternatively, the hero or heroine ), and if the plot is such that he or she is pitted against an important opponent, that character is called the antagonist. A flat character (also called a type , or “two-dimensional”), is built around “a single idea or quality” and is presented without much individualizing detail, and therefore can be fairly adequately described in a single phrase or sentence. A round character is complex in temperament and motivation and is represented with subtle particularity; such a character therefore is as difficult to describe with any adequacy as a person in real life, and like real persons, is capable of surprising us. The above is taken from:
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Unformatted text preview: Abrams, M.H. A Glossary of Literary Terms, 7 th ed. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1999. Use the above handout to define the terms protagonist, antagonist, flat character, and round character. Brainstorm with the class using TV or film examples with which students will be familiar, ex. Is Bart Simpson a flat character or a round character? Is Abu the Quickie Mart clerk a flat character or a round character? Who is the protagonist in The Gladiator ? Who is the antagonist? You may also break students into pairs and have them exchange their questions with another pair and then share with the class. This should get students familiar with the terms that can then be applied to whatever text you are studying in your class....
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