How do Characters Drive a Story?


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1. Their emotions and feelings help us connect with the story:
Emotions


Parrott's emotions by groups[edit source | editbeta]

A tree-structured list of emotions was described in Parrott (2001).[3][unreliable source?][4]
Primary emotion
Secondary emotion
Tertiary emotion
Love
Affection
Adoration · Fondness · Liking · Attractiveness · Caring · Tenderness · Compassion · Sentimentality
desire
Desire · Passion · Infatuation
Longing
Longing
Joy
Cheerfulness
Amusement · Bliss · Gaiety · Glee · Jolliness · Joviality · Joy · Delight · Enjoyment · Gladness · Happiness · Jubilation · Elation · Satisfaction · Ecstasy · Euphoria
Zest
Enthusiasm · Zeal · Excitement · Thrill · Exhilaration
Contentment
Pleasure
Pride
Triumph
Optimism
Eagerness · Hope
Enthrallment
Enthrallment · Rapture
Relief
Relief
Surprise
Surprise
Amazement · Astonishment
Anger
Irritability
Aggravation · Agitation · Annoyance · Grouchy · Grumpy · Crosspatch
Exasperation
Frustration
Rage
Anger · Outrage · Fury · Wrath · Hostility · Ferocity · Bitter · Hatred · Scorn · Spite · Vengefulness · Dislike · Resentment
Disgust
Revulsion · Contempt · Loathing
Envy
Jealousy
Torment
Torment
Sadness
Suffering
Agony · Anguish · Hurt
Sadness
Depression · Despair · Gloom · Glumness · Unhappy · Grief · Sorrow · Woe · Misery · Melancholy'
Disappointment
Dismay · Displeasure
Shame
Guilt · Regret · Remorse
Neglect
Alienation · Defeatism · Dejection · Embarrassment · Homesickness · Humiliation · Insecurity · Insult · Isolation · Loneliness · Rejection
Sympathy
Pity · Sympathy
Fear
Horror
Alarm · Shock · Fear · Fright · Horror · Terror · Panic · Hysteria · Mortification
Nervousness
Anxiety · Suspense · Uneasiness · Apprehension (fear) · Worry · Distress · Dread


HUMANE's proposal for EARL (Emotion Annotation and Representation Language)[edit source | editbeta]

The emotion annotation and representation language (EARL) proposed by the Human-Machine Interaction Network on Emotion (HUMAINE) classifies 48 emotions.[2]


A Character's Virtuous and Traits will effect their emotions and often drive their decisions and actions.:

Is the Character Virtuous?

Virtues of self control[edit source | editbeta]

Virtues of self-efficacy[edit source | editbeta]

  • Courage - willingness to do the right thing in the face of danger, pain, significant harm or risk
  • Patience - ability to delay or wait for what is desired
  • Perseverance - courageous patience, integrity
  • Persistence - ability to achieve objective regardless of obstacles

Virtues of regard[edit source | editbeta]

  • Fair-mindedness - concern that all get their due (including oneself) in cooperative arrangements of mutual benefit
  • Tolerance - willingness to allow others to lead a life based on a certain set of beliefs differing from ones own
  • Truthfulness/Honesty - telling someone what you believe to be true in the context of a direct inquiry

Virtues of respect[edit source | editbeta]

Virtues of kindness[edit source | editbeta]

  • Kindness - Regard for those who are within an individuals ability to help.
  • Generosity - Giving to those in need.
  • Forgiveness - Willingness to overlook transgressions made against you.
  • Compassion - Empathy and understanding for the suffering of others



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Character Traits can Drive a Person's Emotional State. This can affect their actions and decision making.






Character Clues


Character Clues
Authors reveal character traits by providing clues in the text.
Action Clues - Character traits are revealed through the actions and reactions of the character. Good readers carefully observe how the character behaves to make inferences about character traits.
Example: Standing up to a bully shows courage.
Verbal Clues - Character traits are revealed by whatthe character says and how those words are delivered. Sometimes clues can be found in what characters say about each other. Example: A character who yells, “No! We’re going to do it my way!” might be considered bossy.
Other Clues - Character traits can be revealed by
other clues such as:
  • physical appearance
  • how the character dresses
  • where he or she lives
  • interests and hobbies
Example: A tiny girl who wears frilly dresses might be considered dainty.





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Please see her resource on Teachers Pay Teachers.Laura Chandler Resources for character development


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