What is a direct characterization for Mr. White in "The Monkey's Paw"?

A direct characterization for Mr. White in "The Monkey's Paw" occurs when W. W. Jacobs describes him as "the old man." Another example of direct characterization is when Jacobs writes, "His forehead cold with sweat ... Even his wife’s face seemed changed as he entered the room. It was white and expectant, and to his fears seemed to have an unnatural look upon it. He was afraid of her."

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Direct characterization is when an author specifically describes a character's physical appearance or personality. In contrast, indirect characterization reveals a character's personality through their thoughts, actions, speech, and dialogue. When an author uses indirect characterization, the reader must carefully examine the character and draw inferences about their personality.

In the classic short story "The Monkey's Paw," Jacobs primarily utilizes indirect characterization to describe the protagonist, Mr. White. However, there are a few examples of direct characterization in the story, which describe Mr. White's age and personality. Jacobs uses direct characterization by continually referring to Mr. White as the "old man." Although this example of direct characterization is not remarkably in-depth, the reader becomes familiar with Mr. White's age, which provides additional context to the story.

Another example of direct characterization can be found in the first paragraph when Mr. White is...

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