Hi Guys! How are you all doing? I am doing quite fine myself thank you for asking. Today I thought I’d finally get into tackling the second portion of the blog post on writing holiday stories with the Alice in the Wonderland plotline (see HERE). I am positive my online students have written their stories by now so this is a perfect day to commence part 2 of the lesson.
The best way to develop your characters is to add adjectives. While some teachers will tell you to develop characters by putting them through problems it is really the adjectives the writer uses that describes the different stages of the character. That makes characterization and character development separate than the plotline.
Here is the plotline I handed out in the last blog post. Add two specific adjectives in steps 1 and 7 only. For example what adjectives would you use to describe Alice in her wonderland in this clip from YouTube (see HERE). Boring? British? Stylish? Sleepy? Blond? Blue eyed? Magical?
- The Beginning: Who is the character of the story?
- Where and when is the story taking place? *this is not part of character development.
- What is the problem the character run into?
- How did he get out of the problem?
- What is the second problem the character runs into?
- How did he get out of the problem?
- The End: How does the character change?
In step 7 show how your character has grown in the end. View the ending of the character Alice HERE to see how she grows wiser through this imaginary scavenger hunt of her hers.
For Young Adults
Children you must know that characterization is the same as character development. A character can’t be stagnant or anti dynamic because like each living creature there must be growth as the plotline unfolds. The most complicated characterizations I can think of are in the Harry Potter series. I hate to admit but the three main characters seem the most stagnant of the many characters written about in the series. The most dramatic characterizations I can think of are Professor Snape, Albus Dumbledore, and Lord Voldemort. While Professor Snape hides a deep secret till his very end he spends his life acting brooding, secretive, alert, antagonizing, submersive (sorry this is a word I created and I can only find it HERE), and elusive all in one. Albus Dumbledore and Lord Voldemort seem like two sides of the same coin. While Lord Voldemort fought for purity in the wizarding world it can be defined that Albus Dumbledore stopped him at every stage of the plan. However Lord Voldemort seemed very defiant in his own cause which can be said about Albus as well.
The splitting of characterisms (sorry this is a word I created) is very unique to Harry Potter. The idea of splitting Lord Voldemort into 6 Horcrux may be a blatant travesty in the eyes of many there is a hidden split that many cannot spot. And that split is the one I mentioned above. Could Albus Dumbledore have been Lord Voldemort’s 7 Horcux which he killed because he was hurt, angry, possessed, or conniving? Maybe cheery old Albus Dumbledore may have been more mischievous than a common Harry Potter fan thinks. Whatever the intention of J.K. Rowling was Lord Voldemort’s one side obviously didn’t last through the 7 books series and was succumbed as his plans unfolded.
Literary Devices Making Reading And Writing More Devious
Many students outside of elementary schools do not learn or study literary devices, which I think is a dishonor to literature. Literary devices like “onomatopoeia”, “metaphor”, “irony”, and “allegory” were prevalent during my childhood. One morning I joined my favorite elementary school teacher and the future current Pope on their morning walk. I think it may have been a Wednesday. The conversation turned into a discussion about literary devices and my teacher told him she has thought up “simile”, “hyperbole”, and the other teachers have come up with “alliteration” and “assonance” as literary devices. I asked my teacher if I can come up with some literary devices. The future current Pope said, “I don’t think so” and I got scared and asked if I can come up with 3-4 literary devices instead. They both agreed I can since I am the brightest and the most popular student in school and I left them to their own devices.
During my life from childhood to my college years, I came up with 6 literary devices puns, symbolism (which is close to a metaphor), personification (which is close to a metaphor), character development, foreshadowing, and the stream of consciousness. Young readers, remember it takes a lot of convincing to get literary devices “approved” and accepted by the masses and pop culture. I remember sitting with my teachers and professors with papers and text examples and going through how each of the literary devices I devised is a valid literary device. Needless to say many will tell you creatively about literary devices which aren’t really literary devices.
Sana’s Friends & Family
As I am probably famous for this now, most of my school friends have been American & boys. It wasn’t really until college that I really began adopting the same-sex friendship rule. Being good friends with only boys was a personal preference of mine and had nothing to do with girls or personalities or anything about girls really. However, my sisters (I think they are eight of them) had girlfriends they brought home that I would have a great time with. It was on a rare occasion that they would visit and I had my homework completed so each time that rare occasion arose I took full advantage of. “Some” of the “well-known” friends my older sisters had are Priyanka Chopra, Queen of Jordan Rania, Princess of Saudi Arabia Ameera Al-Taweel, Sonam Kapoor and maybe a princess from the far east). By the way, I was friends with all the Vanderbilt boys, who I hope marry some of my sisters some day.
Anyways, besides eating my oldest sister’s cooking, bi-polar dramas with my maternal grandmother, telling jokes my sober mom didn’t understand, and teasing me till I was frightful, they would watch television like Sesame Street with me and share “some” gossip about their high school life. One memory I have is when one of them started talking about contacts and the rest of them started naming people. I knew what contacts were but, the rest didn’t. There were a few seconds when all of them were silent, confused and then I had to explain to them that contacts are not names in their telephone books, but contacts they can wear in their eyeballs if they have eyeglasses. They collectively let out a scream, told me to leave, laughed and repeated the joke to my worried mother. I thought they were the most ridiculous girls I had ever met and I told this story to my favorite teacher. She may have included them in her books or a lesson plan.