What is the direct characterization and indirect characterization of the main characters in the "The Lady or the Tiger"?
An author uses direct characterization to tell his/her readers what a certain character is like. For example, an author can state that the hero in his novel is fearless, stubborn, or even meticulous. In direct characterization, the author directly reveals to us the personality of the character by using adjectives and other descriptive words and phrases.
For example, we are told that the king in the story is "semi-barbaric" or "barbaric" in nature. He is also said to be a man of "exuberant fancy," with "an authority so irresistible that, at his will, he turned his varied fancies into facts." He is introspective, a man "greatly given to self-communing."
Similarly, his daughter is directly characterized as having the same barbaric nature; she is also "intense and fervid" (passionate) in temperament.
In indirect characterization , an author reveals what a character is like through an account of his/her thoughts, actions, speech, facial expressions, and effect on others. In the...
(The entire section contains 501 words.)
check Approved by eNotes Editorial