How to write a character analysis?

Students taking literature studies are likely to write a character analysis essay as part of their coursework.  Writing a character analysis means describing the characters’ personality, his role and how his role is significant in the literature. The analysis focuses on a piece of literary work whereby  students need to analyze a specific character in the story, scrutinize him describing him and how the character shapes the understanding of the overall theme. The main purpose of writing this type of essay is to present better insights of the story, describing the character in the story to enable readers to understand how this character function within the theme presented.

Most school assignments assign specific literature to be analyzed, however, if given the opportunity to choose your own literature,  make sure you choose a literary work with characters who play dynamic roles in the story. Writing this essay requires an in-depth reading of the literary work, paying attention to what the author intended to inform the audience about the character. Most stories are presented through dialogue or narratives. In this type of essay, you need to highlight the protagonist and the antagonist.  A protagonist is an important character who plays the villain, causing conflicts with the main character who in this case is termed as the antagonist. A good essay needs to present the character with many facets and focus on these complexities.

To identify an ideal character for your  analysis,  gather all the relevant information about the character by reading the story and take notes as you read. Look for the main ideas relating to the character, and how these ideas  fit within his/her personality.  Look out for important features like the actions, what motivates him and his role in the storyline.  Keeping the main idea, present an introductory paragraph about the character. The introduction needs to present the main ideas of the article, including the author’s name what the  analysis will be about, the background information to attract the reader’s attention.

Readers can easily know the personality of someone by what they say,  how they feel and what they do, it is not difficult to describe him/her personality based on one behavior or her thoughts.  A character’s personality traits are also visible  in her reaction, movement, and her general mannerisms. Apart from describing how the character looks like, explain his appearance and how it reveals his personality.  Highlights some of the notable features of the character.

If possible, include some important details about the character history and how this has influenced his personality and personal development within the story.

Other personal details include where the character as born and raised, his educational background and the general lifestyle that contributes to his behavior including his experience. To analyze the character, it is important to identify what makes he/she stand out. To develop a convincing character analysis, according to, use specific examples from the literary work as evidence to support the characters’ personality. If the character is described as being sloppy, provide specific detail to show this trait by paraphrasing his sloppiness as stated in the story.

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When writing a character analysis, the author is expected to present how the character evolves with time, including some of  the major turnaround in his life. Specify if the character grows stronger or falls apart with time or if the character develops a new relationship or discover new ways of coping with her situation. Remember to analyze the language of this character and specify how the use of certain types of language contributes to the theme of the story. Describe the character’s relationship with others in the story, including his close friends, and other significant people. To create a lively character analysis,  the author needs to consider some of the additional information provided by the character like indirect information like symbolism, and how such elements are introduced.   A good characterization presents an authentic and a believable description of the story. Describe how the character responds to several issues if his reaction is considered right or wrong.

Remember to present additional elements like the similarities and differences between the character in question, the reaction or thoughts of others based on the character behavior. Representation of the characters’ emotional world, including the plot structure, are important features that make a character analysis more interesting.

It is important to look for hidden messages and meaning and how the author uses artistic elements like a metaphor to help the audience understand the importance of the story theme. Find the underlying meaning that is not obvious and what makes the character more visible than others do when it comes to responding to different situations.

The conclusion is the last paragraph of an essay and the most important section of an essay, a good conclusion needs to restate the main ideas to remind the reader of the essay theme. A good conclusion should connect the main idea to other broader observation to provide better insights. When concluding, remember to present your interpretation of the character and explain why the character is significant in expanding the theme. Upon finalizing your essay, the writer can either praise the character or condemn him based on his general character analysis presented in the body paragraph.

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