Readers generally connect more with the characters than the plot of a story. Characters are like the brushes used to paint an artwork. The story is carried through them and their actions. Minor characters affect the book less, and major characters leave a lasting impression. In a study from Ohio State University it was discovered that, "When you 'lose yourself' inside the world of a fictional character while reading a story, you may actually end up changing your own behavior and thoughts to match that of the character" (Grabmeire 1).
All readers have come across the stereotypical character who is charming, good-looking, and the savior of the story and our hearts, but that is present in commercial fiction. In literary fiction, characters are something greater and deeper. In literary fiction, characterization is considered one of the most important elements in an author’s work. Characterization is the concept of creating a character.
A good use of characterization in literature always helps the reader to better relate to the events that are happening in the story (Characterization). Authors use this literary device to describe a character and help the reader relate to the character(s). It provides the reader
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald is a novel that focuses on Jay Gatsby, and his attempt to regain a relationship that was left in the past with Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby is an ambiguous character. Gatsby had many great qualities, such as being a dreamer, determined, devoted and wealthy. On the other hand, Gatsby possesses many flaws, a few being dishonest, possessive, naive, and living off an idea from the past. His inability to let go of the past and move on ultimately leads to chaos and reveals that Gatsby can not process the passage of time.
The Great Gatsby is a classic story that started as a book and has been made into four different movies that all have different adaptations, although how much do the characters truly differ in these variations. I have observed, the book, the 1974 movie, and 2013 movie for the reason that these seem to be considered the utmost popular. While reading and watching these, I have noticed that the characters don’t differ that much, nevertheless how each version differs tends to focus on different characters in greater amounts than others. In the book, it seems to focus the greatest amount on Nick, Gatsby, and Daisy, whereas in the 1974 version it focuses deeper about Gatsby, Daisy, and Tom, and in the 2013 version it focuses on Nick, Gatsby, Daisy, and Tom.
Circumstances and different actions shown by the characters influenced the development of the character to character relationships as the novel progresses.
Characters can change a great deal throughout the course of a story. Based off of "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," we see just how much a character will change. There are many reasons for the character shift (undergoes an inner change) that are left up for our interpretation, which can be read about in The Theory Toolbox. In "A Good Man Is Hard to Find," the grandma undergoes a great deal of shifting in her character.
The Great Gatsby uses progression and time to reveal characters and their changes from how the narrator, Nick, views them in his own mind. The longer he stays in New York he becomes more and more disillusioned of Daisy, Tom, and even Gatsby eventually to the point where he simply sees the misery and sadness in each one’s lives. From Daisy’s lack of character and decisiveness to Tom’s issues of commitment and eventually to Gatsby’s belief that he has the ability to change the past. When Nick first arrives in New York he knows no one and nothing of the people and the city itself, he knows only of his cousin Daisy who married the rich Tom Buchanan and lived happily ever after, and that he lives as a small man surrounded by giants. However as
Gatsby’s dreams and aspirations in life are rather interesting and amazing as he goes about his life in the book. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald helps highlight the social, moral, and political issue that were very present during the 1920’s and today. Gatsby is the focus of the book as before the book began, he was an ex-soldier who came to wealth by some rather illegal ways. Daisy a married woman is his person of interest, who was his ex-lover 5 years before the book started. Gatsby’s actions, and words demonstrate a clear obsession with Daisy that seems to have no end.
Another way that an author uses to develop a character is by what another character says or feels about them. For example, the chapter also says that, “Uncle Harley said that Tutu Max is the nosiest person he knows.” This implies that people may not like or are annoyed at Tutu Max for always being too interested in other people’s affairs. The last way a character is developed is by what
Jay Gatsby, the title character of the novel “The Great Gatsby” is a man that can not seem to live without the love of his life. Trying to win Daisy over consumes Gatsby’s life as he tries to become the person he thinks she would approve of. What most readers do not realize is that Jay Gatsby’s character mirrors many personality traits and concerns that the author of novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald, had. In fact, Gatsby and Fitzgerald are similar in that they both had a girl they wanted to win over, took a strong stance on alcohol, and ironically both had similar funerals, also, both people also symbolize the American dream.
The seclusion and wonder that shrouded Gatsby stems from his mysterious characterization that plagues him with gossip, rumors, and fake relationships throughout the entirety of the book. The mystique that Gatsby creates for himself has an enormous impact on the relationships he builds, or lack thereof, as this charisma casts Gatsby in a light of charm,majesty, as well as doubt throughout the entire
An example of character development can be found on page 14 paragraph 3, “Dr. Zamborska has never stopped wishing that he had been killed instead of his wife.” This line is significant because it reveals more about Dr. Zamborska and develops his character into a grief stricken parent. I liked this development because it told me that Dr. Zamborska was rueful over his wife’s demise. An additional reference demonstrating the humanity of Dr. Zamborska’s character is on page 18 paragraph 2, when Connor reflects, “My mother told me that even when Branwell was an infant, Dr. Z would bicycle over from his lab to feed him.”