The Importance Of Characterization In Literary Fiction

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Characterization in literary fiction that has special importance, and authors develop their sense of responsibility for full and effective character development. Character is everything in literary fiction. Characters can also be animals or whatever the writer chooses to act in his/her story. Simply, characters literally make things happen in a story. This essay will describe and give a broader picture of how the characterization is developed in the short stories and how would the story look like without characters by supporting with examples of some short stories.

First, Characters are an important element in short stories because they drive the story as a whole. The types of characters that are involved in a story create different types of conflicts and tensions as well as different types of resolutions. Actually characters get things going in the story. For example, in the short story “Thank you ma’am”, Mrs. Jones is described as being “a large woman with a large purse that had everything in it but hammer and nails”, while Roger is described as being “fourteen or fifteen, frail and willow-wild, in tennis shoes and blue jeans”, So, that’s the physical appearance of these characters in this story.

The actions of the story, is that Mrs. Jones took Roger home, made him wash, fed him and gave him money. Roger tried to snatch Mrs. Jones pocketbook, but then tried to gain her trust. So, these characters are round because we really get to know them. They are like “real”
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