So I am writing a really important essay on the characterisation of two different characters written in different books by the same author: Jane Austen. I am doing it on her two novels: Pride & Prejudice and Emma. I really need to nail this!!
I really need some help on CHARACTERISATION. I really like my reasearch question, but I want to go about it in the correct English literature way, so how do we analyse CHARACTERISATION?
I have no idea, anyone? I am reading the books right now, what should I be looking for?
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Charcterisation in novels??????????????? watch
- Thread Starter
- 26-07-2009 11:47
- 26-07-2009 19:43
Characterisation is about looking at how an author creates a character who is believable. You can look for things which would do this, such as how they talk, behave, interact with others, how they are described, what their names are, how old they are, where they socialise etc.
You can also look at clashes with characterisation, and things that just don't seem to gel. For instance, Oliver Twist. He is a wonderfully created character but Dickens has deliberatley made him middle class "Please Sir, can I have some more?" Why? What was his point? - The idea was that human qualities are natural as opposed to nurtured.
- 30-07-2009 15:44
You could have a look at E. M. Forster's Aspects of the Novel where he talks about 'round' and 'flat' characters. Basically he defines 'flat' characters as those who don't suprise the reader, are quite one dimensional, but are needed for a plot to function. These kinds of characters are often identified by a single character trait or mannerism - like lots of Dicken's characters. 'Round' characters are more interesting and are identified as being able to 'suprise' the reader convincingly. I think Forster looks at an example from Austen actually.
So, in Pride and Prejudice you may argue that Darcy is a 'round' character whereas Bingley and Mrs Bennett are 'flat'
Of course, this may be of no interest to you - it's just one thing you could look at for characterization...