of all the ways an author has of telling us about a character, how do we learn about the characters in the novel? take one character and give two different examples of characterization. you may...

of all the ways an author has of telling us about a character, how do we learn about the characters in the novel?

take one character and give two different examples of characterization. you may either describe two examples of what the author does or give two brief quotes from the novel.

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Characters are developed through direct and indirect methods.  Directly, an author may tell us something outright about the character. Indirectly, we have to read between the lines.

In The Old Man and the Sea, the two most prominent characters are Santiago and Manolin.

From his description, what others say about him, how he acts, the reader first sees Santiago as a defeated fisherman.  Eighty-four days have past and he has not caught a fish.  He is "unlucky".  We know from his thoughts and certain aspects of his physical description that though he seems to have nothing (food, patched and in disrepair sails, etc) that he has not given up.  He continues to dream of the big catch--he has courage that he will once again prevail.  His eyes are "cheerful and undefeated."

Santiago loves fishing and the sea.  He has a respect and love for the trade unlike other fishermen.  We learn much about him in his struggle with the fish through his thoughts and actions.

Manolin, unlike Santiago, is a young man.  We know he is important to Santiago because the old fisherman longs for his company when Manolin is not there. 

He loves and respects Santiago and does not want to work for anyone else.  By the end of the story, he is determined to make his own decisions regardless of his parents' wishes.

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