6th Grade - Analyze How Character Affects Plot, Conflict And Resolution

 
     
 
     
 
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Stories and Literature
Analyze how character affects plot, conflict and resolution
Analyze the effect of the qualities of the character (e.g., courage or cowardice, ambition or laziness) on the plot and the resolution of the conflict.
Explain how a character’s traits affect the plot, problems, and resolution in a story.
 

Sample Problems

(1)

What is the term for the people and animals in a story? (Characters)


(2)

What is the term for the qualities given to characters by the author? (Characterization)


(3)

What is the term for the events in a story? (plot)


(4)

What is the term for a problem in a story? (conflict)


(5)

What is the term for the solution to the problems? (resolution)


(6)

Can you think of examples from your experience when someone’s personality and choices caused something -- good, bad, or otherwise -- to happen in their life?


(7)

Do the personality and choices of a fictional character also affect what happens in a story or novel? Give examples.


Learning Tips

(1)

Read this excerpt from The Red Badge of Courage. (http://www.enotes.com/red-badge-text/chapter-vii)


He had fled, he told himself, because annihilation approached. He had done a good part in saving himself, who was a little piece of the army. He had considered the time, he said, to be one in which it was the duty of every little piece to rescue itself if possible. Later the officers could fit the little pieces together again, and make a battle front. If none of the little pieces were wise enough to save themselves from the flurry of death at such a time, why, then, where would be the army? It was all plain that he had proceeded according to very correct and commendable rules. His actions had been sagacious things. They had been full of strategy. They were the work of a master's legs.

(2)

What words would you use to characterize the speaker? (scared, cowardly, arrogant)


(3)

What has this character just done? (Ran away from battle)


(4)

What if this character had been very brave? Would he have chosen different actions and had different thoughts about the army?


(5)

What do you think about the relationship of this passage to the novel’s title, The Red Badge of Courage?

Extra Help Problems

(1)

ONCE there was a gentleman who married, for his second wife, the proudest and most haughty woman that was ever seen. She had, by a former husband, two daughters of her own humor, who were, indeed, exactly like her in all things. He had likewise, by another wife, a young daughter, but of unparalleled goodness and sweetness of temper, which she took from her mother, who was the best creature in the world.

No sooner were the ceremonies of the wedding over but the stepmother began to show herself in her true colors. She could not bear the good qualities of this pretty girl, and the less because they made her own daughters appear the more odious. She employed her in the meanest work of the house; she scoured the dishes, tables, etc., and scrubbed madam's chamber, and those of misses, her daughters; she lay up in a sorry garret, upon a wretched straw bed, while her sisters lay in fine rooms, with floors all inlaid, upon beds of the very newest fashion, and where they had looking-glasses so large that they might see themselves at their full length from head to foot.

The poor girl bore all patiently, and dared not tell her father, who would have rattled her off; for his wife governed him entirely. When she had done her work, she used to go into the chimney-corner, and sit down among cinders and ashes, which made her commonly be called Cinderwench; but the youngest, who was not so rude and uncivil as the eldest, called her Cinderella. However, Cinderella, notwithstanding her mean apparel, was a hundred times handsomer than her sisters, though they were always dressed very richly.


From “The Annotated Cinderella,” at http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/cinderella/index.html


(2)

Draw a line down the center of a piece of paper. On the left, write a list of character traits of the stepmother; on the right, a list of Cinderella’s character traits.

(3)

Read the rest of the story online (if you don’t already know it!) and imagine how the events of the story would be different if the two characters switched personalities.

(4)

Write the new version of Cinderella, with a beautiful, kind stepmother and a mean, nasty Cinderella. Would the conflicts in the story be different, or resolved differently?

(5)

How do a character’s personality traits influence the story’s plot and the resolution of conflicts?

 

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