What is the characterization method in “Dear Alexandros”?

In "Dear Alexandros," we see the characterization of Alexandros and Mr. Bentley through speech, physical action, and beliefs. We note Alexandros's marginalization in his awkward English and Mr. Bentley's privilege in his fluid English. We see Mr. Bentley's generous character through the physical action of his donation. We also note his miserly nature: he’s only giving $8. Lastly, Alexandros's focus on family and Mr. Bentley's separation from his family tell us about the characters' different beliefs.

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In John Updike's short story "Dear Alexandros," we can apply the characterization method to discern a lot about Alexandros and Mr. Bentley.

One element of characterization is speech.

We can discern that Alexandros is not as well-versed in English as Mr. Bentley based on the relative awkwardness of his letter. One example of Alexandros's unfamiliarity with English is when he writes, "I want to inquire about your good health, and then, if you ask me, tell you that I am keeping well."

As for Mr. Bentley, he’s fluent in English. Perhaps this...

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