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Prepare an outline for a character analysis essay:

Think about your overall impressions of your character. What is he/she like? What are some of his/her most interesting/meaningful/significant personality traits? Why?

Choose two or three traits that your character exhibits throughout the story and create an outline that explains HOW you know these are his/her traits and WHY they are significant to the story (how they complicate the action or how they interact with other characters).

Complete each section of the following outline:
I.Introduction (Complete using full sentences)
A.Attention-Getter (quote, question, anecdote, shocking statement): B.Introduce story’s title and author:
C.Give brief background: What is the story about?
D.Thesis: In one sentence, state what your character’s traits are and how/why they affect the story/themes/other characters. II. Trait I (Complete using short answers/words/phrases—NOT full sentences) A.What is it? ___________________________________

B.How do you know? (What do others say about the character? What does the character do? Look again at your characterization chart) C.How does this trait affect the story? (How does this trait help or hurt the character’s relationships with others? Does it help/hurt him personally? Does it get him into or out of trouble?) D.Why?

III Trait II
A.What is it? _____________________________________
B.How do you know? (What do others say about the character? What does the character do? Look again at your characterization chart) C.How does this trait affect they story? (How does this trait help or hurt the character’s relationships with others? Does it help/hurt him personally? Does it get him into or out of trouble?) D.Why?

IV.Trait III
A.What is it? __________________________________
B.How do you know? (What do others say about the character? What does the character do? Look again at your characterization chart) C.How does this trait affect they...
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