Indirect characterization is the process whereby an author shows us a character's traits through their speech and behavior. Direct characterization occurs when the narrator or another character in the text reveals the traits of a character by stating them. Indirect characterization certainly seems to be the more common of the two in the majority of texts.
One example of indirect characterization occurs when the man behind the desk speaks to Eckels: he describes the dangers of hunting dinosaurs, especially a Tyrannosaurus Rex, and when Eckels accusing the man of trying to scare him, the man says, "Frankly, yes. We don't want anyone going who'll panic at the first shot." He is very realistic and practical, and his behavior toward Eckels indicates this through indirect characterization.
Eckels's behavior reveals him to be someone who is defensive and proud. He requires lengthy explanations for why he is not allowed to step off the path or kill any animal he feels like, as though he does not...
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