Can you help me with an English essay assignment that I don't understand because the assignment says "I believe" but my teacher says "character"? I just don't understand the chart on page 6 that...

Can you help me with an English essay assignment that I don't understand because the assignment says "I believe" but my teacher says "character"?

I just don't understand the chart on page 6 that follows the essay on page 4, because the chart says you write what you believe but my teacher says to write about the character.

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Your confusion stems from the use and meaning of the word "character." In literature, "character" refers to an imaginary individual written about in a work of fiction. This character has traits that can be analyzed; emotional, psychological, and/or cognitive growth that can be developed; and attributes and physical qualities that can be described. However, "character" has another meaning and this is the one at play in your assignment. Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary defines this use of "character " as being the personal qualities an individual possess. Examples would be how you respond to danger; to praise; to friendship; to pressure etc. This is often referred to as inner character or character traits or even inner character traits. The instructions for your essay are to write your own version of Holmberg's essay in which she is prompted by an offhand remark to examine her inner character and come to some new conclusions about herself and how she...

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