Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Characters of a Story

JRooz Review Center is a trusted provider of IELTS review classes in the Philippines. Over the years, it has been recognized as a registered agent of the British Council and IDP with its 100% passing rate. With the increasing demand of students, JRooz Review Center now also offers PTE review course.

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One of the valuable lessons that you will learn in both classes is how to improve your reading skills with various reading resources. Some people find reading a boring activity thus, making the Reading component of any exam an arduous task. One useful technique to enjoy reading is to understand the characters in a story and see the narrative through their perspective.


Characterization gives readers a feel of the occurrences in a story. It offers an understanding of the characters and their roles in the narrative. You will learn this and more when you take training programs such as the PTE review and IELTS review.

Characterization is most common in fictional materials. Recognizing the different types of characters in a story beyond the protagonist and antagonist enhances your reading experience and develops your understanding of the selection. There are various characters in a story.
•    The protagonist is the main character in a literary work. They typically face a conflict that needs to be resolved. The protagonist must evoke a sense of empathy to the readers.

•    Antagonists represent the opposite side of the spectrum. They are presented as an obstacle that the protagonist needs to overcome. It should be noted that antagonists do not need to be humans. They can be a force of nature (like in Twister), an animal (Jaws) or even an inaminate object (the asteroid in Deep Impact).

•    Confidante is a trusted ally of the protagonist that reveals his or her key personality, characteristics, thoughts, and motives. The confidante can be anything—an animal (Hedwig in Harry Potter), a person (Sam in Lord of the Rings), etc.

•    Dynamic Characters, also called developing characters, change outlook as the story progress.

•    Flat Characters reveal only one or two personalities in a story. Their traits do not change during the narrative.

•    Static Characters have a consistent outlook, personality, perception, etc. all throughout the story.

•    Foils are characters whose qualities are direct contrasts to another character (usually the protagonist’s). Foils serve to highlight the qualities of the more major characters like Draco Malfoy as a foil to Harry Potter.

•    Round Characters are characters portrayed with a complex personality.

•    Stock Characters are the most recognizable characters in a story. They have stereotypical characteristics, i.e. geek with big eye glass, bookworm, etc. The Archie comics is filled with these stereotype characters.
Knowing the different characters in a story and the various roles they play helps in developing a thorough understanding of the narrative. Learn more and develop your reading skills with JRooz IELTS and PTE Review.

  • “Character Types.” Ohio University. Accessed June 30, 2017.
  • Ervin, Terry W., II" Seven Common Character Types." Fiction Factor. Accessed June 30, 2017.
  •  “Types of Characters in Fiction.” Lexiconic Resources—Colin Welch’s Education Resources. Accessed June 30, 2017.
  • "Types of Character in Literature." Quizlet. Accessed June 30, 2017.
  • Wiehardt, Ginny. "What You Need to Know About Characters as a Writer and Reader." The Balance. Accessed June 30, 2017.

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