Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Great characters in literature

As we explore creating a character, I want you to think about characters that you remember in great detail. I would love to limit it just to literature, but I know many of you are movie buffs and will relate better to a movie character.

Choose a character, list at least 3 character traits of that person and explain why this character is a memorable character. Be sure to tell what book or movie they are from. Finally, explain what their voice says about them. How would you describe their voice/tone/mood?

Also, remember this is not a competition to see who can be the corniest- ex. Stiffler from American Pie because he is.... (C'mon, please be a little deeper than that!)

18 comments:

MattO3 said...

One of my favorite characters is Tim Wilkinson from Blackhawk Down. He is one of the least known people that is in the movie. He is an Air Force Pararescueman. He is strong, brave, and selfless. As a medic, his voice is calm, and his coolness under fire helps to calm the patients that he is working on.

GuerryF1 said...

I think that Harry Potter is a very memorable character because he is always changing in every book but he also has traits that never change. He always has to save people and do the right thing. He also always has a need to finish things that are important to him no matter how big they are. His tone changes during all of the books as he gets older.

AshleyB5 said...

Ok so one of my most memoriable characters on my point of view would have to be Dorie from "Finding Nemo". Dorie is hilarous, whitty, and smart. Dorie talks in a voice of someone who is kiddish and full of joy. I thought my mom was crazy when she came home from seeing this movie and told me that she thought a fish was funny. I was so so wrong though Dorie is defintaly one of my favorite characters that I read/seen.

thomasd said...

In the movie Slingblade, Billy Bob Thorton played the character Carl Childers. Nobody really knows whats Carls mental problem is. He is an extremely nice guy but killed a man who was sleeping with his mother. Carl really got along with a young boy he met when he was released from the insane asylum. He has the ability to work on small motors, so he gets a job working and living at lawn mower shop.

Talc0s S. said...

Atticus Finch, from Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird.

Dedicated, wise, and moral.

He's soft-spoken, and has a deliberate fashion of speech that invokes a kind of truthfulness his tone. His voice shows that he is protective, but accepting and understanding.

GingerC1 said...

Rese Witherspoon is very memorable in Legally Blonde. She has great self confidence, beleived in her self when no one did, showed self control, and determination. Her voice said that anything she wanted to do she could. She could accomplish anything she put her mind to. Her tone in the end of the moive makes her get somthing even greater than what she had in mind!

GrantM3 said...

After reading Matt’s post, it got me thinking of the move, Blackhawk Down. I remembered Norm Hooten or Hoot being one of my favorite characters. Hoot is wise, brave, and has leadership on the field. He is experience and is able to teach and keep the other officers calm. Hoot also is willing to go back into battle for his teammates that are still in the combat zone even when he doesn’t have to.

JimW3 said...

Memorable characters possess traits that are unlike any other character you have ever read about. Die Nadel from The Eye of the Needle by Ken Follet is a very memorable character. He is a spy in world war two and he has a personality unlike any other. Nadel has the ability to disappear, a strong mind, and an intelligent way of looking at things.

laceys7 said...

Edmond Dantes from The Count of Monte Cristo:
Brilliant
Mysterious
Patient

In the Count of Monte Cristo, Edmond Dantes vows to get revenge for the wrong that was commited against him. He is such a memorable character, because he goes to such elaborate lengths to get his revenge. It amazes me to see that any one man could do the things that he does. I think the one word to describe his tone is secretive. He makes things seem normal to the other characters in the book, but the reader knows exactly what his motives are when he buys something or saves someone.

laceys7 said...

Edmond Dantes from The Count of Monte Cristo:
Brilliant
Mysterious
Patient

In the Count of Monte Cristo, Edmond Dantes vows to get revenge for the wrong that was commited against him. He is such a memorable character, because he goes to such elaborate lengths to get his revenge. It amazes me to see that any one man could do the things that he does. I think the one word to describe his tone is secretive. He makes things seem normal to the other characters in the book, but the reader knows exactly what his motives are when he buys something or saves someone.

RyanL5 said...

One of my favorite charecters is Jack Bauer from the TV show 24. He is amazing in how he has learned to work under pressure and keep calm. I think every guy in the world wishes to be as kool as Jack. He can also take a impressivley large amount of pain without sqealing. Jacks the Man!

DJ B 5th said...

one of my favorit movie charcters, is Captin Ron, from the movie Captin Ron. He is a boat captin, who is very layed back, brave, and funny. he never panics when something goes, wrong and he is always able to get out of a bad situation. All of these thing make him the perfict boat captin.

natalies7 said...

Charlie from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is an admirable character because he is optimistic, compassionate, and strong. Charlie's positive attitude in spite of living in severe poverty keeps him going each day. He always puts other's interests before his own. His strength enables him to face adversity. Charlie is also able to enjoy the chocolate factory because he is not full of fear.

eliseh1 said...

One of my most favorite character's in "nonfiction" (but should be a memoir because it has been proven that he lied) is James Frey from A Million Little Pieces. He is strong willed in becoming clean, yet weak at the same time because he let himself become addicted to crack and other drugs. He is also stubborn and direct. His voice is destructive and is leading him to his death at the begging of the book, but towards the end it is strong willed and contructive to start a new clean life .

billyh7 said...

One of the most memorable characters that I can think of is Huckleberry Finn from the book Huckleberry Finn. He is an outdoorsman, loner, and really doesnt care what other people think about him. His tone clearly showed that he was an uneducated hillbilly.

Mrs. P.C said...

Lady Bret Ashley from Ernest Hemmingway's The Sun Also Rises. In fact, this character had such a impact on me that I named by daughter after her.
She is strong, knows what she wants and isn't afraid to speak her mind. The type of woman I want my child to be. The only problem is that this character is quite "loose", NOT a characteristic that I find favorable for my child! :)

adelleb3 said...

One of my favorite characters is Denzel Washington in Remember the Titans. He is a determined man who is willing to fight for what he believes in. He is courageous in the fact that he will stand against an entire community. He is also a very good leader who is enable to lead his team to victory. His voice in the story portrays him as a man with a winning mentality.

drewt7 said...

My favorite character is involved in the Ender's Game series. Her name is Petra and she is one of the several child geniuses in these stories. The reason I remember her so vividly is mainly because of her sense of humor. She makes many wise cracks at people but you really have to be paying attention to catch on to most. For those that have read some of the series and did not appreciate her humorisms, I suggest you go back and pay more attention. You will be surprised