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The figure description (characteristic)

A text that describes a literary figure in more detail is called a characteristic.

The figure description (characteristics) provides information about ...

  • the Outer,
  • the Behaviors and Feelings,
  • Thoughts and intentions a figure as can be seen in the literary text.

Here you will learn how to examine literary figures and understand their external and internal characteristics.

The figure description (characteristic)

Descriptions about the Exterior of a figure inform readers about how the figure looks like.

The Behaviors of a character one can tell by how they act in certain situations behaves.

The A character's feelings, thoughts, and intentions can be derived either from their behavior open up or they will named directly.

Describe a character directly or indirectly

From one direct characterization one speaks when there is a figure self closer characterized or you from others directly described becomes.

From one indirect characterization one speaks when one derives the properties of a figure from its behavior or Way of speakingopen up got to.

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Prepare a characteristic: reading and marking

How to prepare for writing a characteristic:

Read the text exactly and mark Places that provide information about the appearance, behaviors and feelings, thoughts and intentions of a character.

Remember: In a literary text, characters can be characterized either directly or indirectly.

Develop properties

Take a closer look at the places where the figure described indirectly becomes.
Use this to deduce properties of the character and write down your thoughts in the margin of the text.

Make a clear note of the results

When you have read the text carefully, highlighted important points and noted your conclusions in the margin, you can put all these results together clearly.

For this purpose, write down the results in a table.
You can use the following generic terms to do this:
External behavior - feelings, thoughts, intentions.

You can already summarize the results here. So you don't have to list every detail if that would lead to repetition.

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The structure of a figure description (characteristic)

  • In the introduction do you call them figurethat you want to characterize in the figure description.
    You can do that too title of the novel and name the author.
  • in the Bulk do you use the Resultsthat you have previously worked out in the preparation phase.
    Present the individual aspects in a structured form.
    To do this, you can use the generic terms from the table or the mind map as a guide.

Bring these aspects forward in a meaningful order:
Describe that first Exterior of the figure.

Then go to that behavior and the Character's feelings, thoughts, and intentions a.

  • To the Enough can you own opinion Comment on the character: Do you find the character likeable or not?
    You can also summarize the most important characteristics of the character again.


Imagine figure

1. Describe the outside
2. Describe behaviors and thoughts

short own opinion on the figure
A characteristic is written in the present tense.
Also remember to cover everything with text passages.