Direct characterization occurs when the narrator (or another character) directly tells readers details about a character. Indirect characterization is different. It is more subtle because it forces readers to infer for themselves the characteristics of a character. We do this by observing that character's actions, speech, and how other characters respond to the character. Chapter 1 gives readers some solid examples of both types of characterization in a very short amount of space. We get the following quote:
I was a very good student, if I may say so myself. I was tops at St. Michael's College four years in a row. I got every possible student award from the Department of Zoology.
This is an example of direct characterization . The narrator directly tells us that he was a good student, and then he backs it up with evidence. A reader can also use this quote for indirect characterization as well. We are told that he was a good student, but we have to infer exactly what that might mean. Most...
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