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So you’ve thought about the static characters in your classic novel; let’s think about the dynamic characters in your novel.
Who has changed the most so far? Who has learned the most? Who’s grown the most?
Choose a dynamic character (it can be the protagonist, but it doesn’t have to be) and tell how they’ve changed throughout the course of the novel. What events changed the way they think? How are they different from when the novel first started? Be sure to use a quote from the book (and tell which page you found it on) when giving examples of how your dynamic character changes.
- I’m reading Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.
- I’ve chosen the character of Jim Hawkins.
- Jim is a dynamic character because he grows from a boy to a man in this story.
- A quote I’d like to use is “I passed my word” and it’s found on page 113.
- In this moment, when Jim says, “I passed my word,” he has been captured by pirates and Dr. Livesey suggests that Jim should run for his freedom. But to Jim, a man’s word is a man’s word. A boy would’ve run. A man would not; his integrity is too important to him. So I believe that at the moment when Jim says, “I passed my word”, he has crossed that thin line from boyhood to manhood.
So students, here’s what you should do, in a nutshell:
- State the title and author of the book.
- Name a dynamic character from your book.
- Briefly state how he/she has changed.
- Quote a passage from your book which demonstrates how that character has changed, and give the page number where your quote is found.