Bible as Literature: Paper Assignment One: Character Analysis
Format: Typed, double spaced, 3 -5 pages (3 page) minimum. Include a bibliography page (does NOT count as part of page requirements). You may use MLA style for in paper citations. Follow link for citation formatting. https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/02/ (Links to an external site.)
Q: What is a character analysis essay?
A: character analysis essay is a descriptive explanation of the various traits of a character as it appears in a literary work.
It is not merely a summary or a retelling of the obvious things about the character that are told in the novel or play. It is your personal understanding of how the character is developed. You connect with the character on a deeper level. Somewhat like an actor, you get under your object’s skin; trying to understand the person being described.
You go beyond the obvious in your character analysis. Start writing an outline after you have “felt” the character that you are going to analyze. Although “analysis” sounds like a cold and objective term, there is nothing objective in your understanding of a character. The interplay of the objective and the subjective gives rise to a synthesis. This synthesis is expressed as your analysis of the character. The real and momentous task is to give a clear and understandable account of the character to your reader.
Characters can be;
What your paper should address:
Note: you may develop your analysis with pairs if you so desire (Adam, Eve) (Ahab, Jezebel), (David, Jonathan) but apply all the factors to them as a pair in your paper. This does not mean you cannot discuss the other characters in the stories as they influence your chosen character. You can include minor characters and their role to enhance your analysis.
Examples: What is the relationship between Ruth and Naomi, why is Ruth the major protagonist or character when Naomi directs the action in many ways? Although Jacob and Rachel are standalone characters you can focus on one or the other investigating their motives for behavior and discuss: how do they meet, how do we know Jacob loves Rachel? What are Rachel’s secret desires?
Parts of the outline developed from: http://www.teachingcollegeenglish.com/2008/02/28/how-to-write-a-character-analysis-and-a-personnel-review/#sthash.ZSxdAEOp.dpuf
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