7 Ways to Conduct the Character Analysis

No matter who you are, a fiction lover or an English student, character analysis is something that you should understand so you can develop a better appreciation for reading. In this article, we will show you 7 simple ways to conduct the character analysis.

1. Start with the Basic Info
It is best to start a character analysis by seeking for the most basic information that you would want to know like full name, nickname, age, gender and social status. This basic information gives your character a clear picture.

2. Antagonist or Protagonist
One big question that will immediately come into your mind while reading a story might be the role of the character in the story. The fact that your character is determined as protagonist or antagonist can help you to make judgments about the character without having an intensive analysis of the character's actions and decisions. It will be easier to understand why he or she had done such decisions and the reasons behinds his actions.

3. The Essence of Identifying the Character Type
Identifying the character type (flat, round, stock, static or dynamic) is the stepping stone on how you can start looking at the character that you are analyzing. It could be the basis for your own investigation and the center for the analysis of the character's actions and decisions. Knowing the type of the character can help you easily distinguish the character you are examining from the other characters involved in the story.

4. Go for the Dynamic
Most of the time, people choose the character they want to analyze. If that is the case, it is best recommended to choose a character that plays a dynamic role in the story and one that keeps the story rolling. This character evidently shows different emotions and acts according to it in an unpredictable way. If you choose this character, the analysis will be easier and challenging. On the other hand, by any chance that you are just given a character to be analyzed, it is always best to place yourself on their feet to feel and understand them.

5. Jot Your Queries First
The first time you read a book, may it be fiction or non-fiction, is very different the second time you will do. That is why it is better to set a focus the next time you will read a text and in this case, on the character you are analyzing. For you to easily narrow down the information in the text, you are highly encouraged to list down your questions about the character you are analyzing like "how does the author describe them? or What struggles does your character encounter?" and while you read, jot down the things that might answer your questions.

6. Language as Identity
They say that the way a person talks represents what he is and where he comes from. This the reason why taking a kin attention to the way the author makes the character your analyzing talk is one of the best ways to visualize and understand the character.

7. Texts as Proofs
Adding textual pieces of evidence is one way to build credibility to your work. Showing where your analysis and conclusion are derived from is always the best to convince the readers that your analysis is done thoroughly and carefully.

- LaPlante, Alice. The making of a story: a Norton guide to creative writing. New York: WW Norton, 2007.

- Clark, Roy Peter. Writing tools: 50 essential strategies for every writer. Hachette UK, 2008.

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