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HUMN 142 Studies in Literature Module 2 Study Questions – Character, Setti ng, Symbol Literary Terms 1. Define character, protagonist and antagonist. Give an example of a protagonist and antagonist from one of the assigned stories. A character is a personality which is created by the author. Typically this character is given thoughts, feelings and expressions, to help the reader become familiar. A Protagonist is a character in a story who is typically the main character, doesn’t necessarily have any heroic qualities. In Shirley Jackson’s “Sweat” Delia Jones would be described as the protagonist, she is a central character who endures mental/physical abuse from her husband. The antagonist of the story is a character, or maybe a force of nature, who is typically is opposition of the protagonist. To stick with my previous example of Zora Neale Hurston’s “Sweat”, the antagonist in this story is her husband, who beats her, is unfaithful to her, and tortures her with a rattlesnake. 2. Define setting. Give an example of a setting (physical, geographical, historical, etc.) from one of the assigned stories. Setting simply put is the time and place of a story, but it can also include things such as climate, and the mental state of characters. The story “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson begins by giving the reader a clear picture of a warm summer day in the town square. The author describes flowers blooming, and the gathering of all the towns’ people, she goes to let you know the exact time of day as well (p. 254).

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