February 20, 2017

Homework Help: Literature

Posted by mysterychicken on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 7:03pm.

19. Authors use 5 methods of indirect characterization: speech, appearance, private thoughts, actions, and descriptions of how other characters feel about the character. They also use direct characterization, expressly describing what a character is like. Choose two stories from Collection 2 and explain how the author uses atleast 3 characterization methods.

I chose the short stories Thank You Ma'am and A Christmas Story. This is what I have for the first story; is it alright?

Thank You Ma’am:
Langston Hughes uses appearance to describe the character of Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones. In the story she is described as being a large woman with a large purse, which had a long strap that was slung around her shoulder. By her speech, we can tell that Mrs. Jones lives in Harlem because she talks with slang. For example, she asks Roger “Ain’t you got anybody at home to tell you to wash your face?” Even though her grammar isn’t correct, Mrs. Jones seems like a caring person because her words are kind to Roger, even after he tried to steal her purse. This part of her character is revealed when she tells him, “You ought to be my son. I would teach you right from wrong.” Lastly, you can tell how the other character, Roger, feels about her because in the end of the story, he’s lost for words which is why the only thing he can manage to say to her is “Thank You Ma’am.”


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