A Quick Overview

What is characterization?

The process by which the author reveals a character's personality in a text. There are two types of characterization: direct and indirect.

Direct Characterization

The author tells the reader what the character's personality is like.

Indirect Characterization

The author shows the reader what a character's personality is like. The reader has to infer about the character's personality through the character's...

  • Speech
  • Thoughts
  • Effects on other characters
  • Actions
  • Looks

Now what?

As you are reading "Winter Dreams," remember STEAL! Understanding how Fitzgerald uses characterization will help you with the Completion Activity Characterization Biopoem as well as tomorrow's Mastery Assignment!