Entertainment / Literature / Character: Any representation of an individual being presented in a dramatic or narrative work through extended dramatic or verbal representation. The reader can interpret characters as endowed with moral and dispositional qualities expressed in what they say (dialogue) and what they do (action). E. M. Forster describes characters as 'flat' (i.e., built around a single idea or quality and unchanging over the course of the narrative) or 'round' (complex in temperament and motivation, drawn with subtlety, capable of growth and change during the course of the narrative). The main character of a work of a fiction is typically called the protagonist, the character against whom the protagonist struggles or contends (if there is one), is the antagonist. If a single secondary character aids the protagonist throughout the narrative, that character is the deuteragonist (the hero's 'side-kick'). A character of tertiary importance is a tritagonist. These terms originate in classical Greek drama, in which a tenor would be assigned the role of protagonist, a baritone the role of deuteragonist, and a bass would play the tritagonist. Compare flat characters with stock characters.

Other Words for Character

Character Noun Synonyms: brand, stamp, mark, symbol, monogram, insigne, badge, emblem, sign, seal, label, letter, number, figure, type, sort, arbitrary, peculiar, rune, hieroglyphic or hieroglyph

Type Character

Entertainment / Literature / Type Character: A literary character with traits commonly associated with a particular class of people. MORE

Symbolic Character

Entertainment / Literature / Symbolic Character: Symbolic characters are characters whose primary literary function is symbolic, even though the character may retain normal or realistic qualities. For instance, in Ellison's Invisible Man, the charac MORE

Dynamic Character

Entertainment / Literature / Dynamic Character: Also called a round character, a dynamic character is one whose personality changes or evolves over the course of a narrative or appears to have the capacity for such change. The round character contr MORE