ENG 125 Wk2 Discussion 2 Assignment

Character Analysis and Setting


In the stories you have read in Chapters 4-7, you have been introduced to several kinds of characters. Using a story that is different than the one you analyzed in the Literary Techniques and Their Connection to Conflict in Literature discussion, describe a character you sympathize with by answering the following questions: 

  • Why did this character interest you? What choices does the character make, and how do the choices (or the result of the choices) contribute to the theme of the story?
  • What kind of conflict (internal/external) did this character encounter, and how did he/she handle it?
  • How does the setting contribute to the character’s development?
  • How does the setting contribute to the character’s experience and give the story more meaning?

As you consider these questions and answer them, incorporate readings found in Chapters 4-7 to help illustrate the points you make. Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length. The minimum word count does not include references.

Guided Response: Respond to at least two of your classmates’ initial posts. Each response should be at least 75 words in length and should address two or more of the following questions: 

  • Did your classmate acknowledge the complexities in the character he/she chose? If so, how so? If not, what should he/she consider?
  • Are there other conflicts that your classmate should consider? For example, if your classmate primarily discussed a character’s external conflicts, offer an internal conflict that the character faces, or vice versa.
  • Does your classmate adequately connect the character with the setting? Are there details that he/she did not discuss but are important to the story? Why are these details important?