Characters are described by the author when the author tells us how a character thinks, feels, speaks, looks, and behaves. Sometimes the author tells us directly and sometimes you have to read the whole story and ask, “What do I know about this character
Character Analysis Questions:
- How would describe Nick?
- Why did Liz like Jasmine?
- Which word best describes Holly?
- Who would be most likely to…
- How do the students feel about Jesse?
- How did Anthony change during the story?
- What do other people think about Madison?
- How would you guess Dylan feels about the teacher?
- What proves that Joshua was brave?
- From this story you can tell that Vito was…
- What would you infer that Eric is feeling?
These responses must be supported with evidence from the text.
Strategy for Character Analysis:
- When you are trying to analyze a character ask yourself, “What do I know about the character?”
- Think about how the character looks, what he says, how he behaves, and how others feel about him.”
- Then think of a word that best describes the character.
- You may also compare character traits from text to text and author to author.