Indirect & Direct Characterization

Alex Ianni

Definition

indirect- the author reveals to the reader what the

character is like by describing how the character looks and dresses, by letting the

reader hear what the character says, by revealing the character’s private thoughts

and feelings, by revealing the characters effect on other people (showing how

other characters feel or behave toward the character), or by showing the character

in action. Common in modern literature


direct- the author tells us directly what the

character is like: sneaky, generous, mean to pets and so on. Romantic style

literature relied more heavily on this form

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Direct and indirect characterization