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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.

Example:

  1. I’m reading Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.
  2. I’ve chosen the character of Jim Hawkins.
  3. Jim is a dynamic character because he grows from a boy to a man in this story.
  4. A quote I’d like to use is “I passed my word” and it’s found on page 113.
  5. 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:

  1. State the title and author of the book.
  2. Name a dynamic character from your book.
  3. Briefly state how he/she has changed.
  4. Quote a passage from your book which demonstrates how that character has changed, and give the page number where your quote is found.
  5. Explain.
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35 responses »

  1. A Christmas Carol BY: Charles Dickens

    i have chosen Scrooge as my dynamic character because he is so dreadful about christmas and is mean and by the end of the book he is the most loving and excited about christmas

    my quote from th book is:”‘it’s Christmas Day!”‘
    at this part in the book he is excited about Christmas which showsw that he has changed there for he is a dynamic character.

  2. 1.) Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen

    2.) I chosen the character Charlotte

    3.) Charlotte is a dynamic character because when she sees the opportunity to marry Mr. Collins she does all she can to show him she is interested.

    4.)”I’m twenty – seven years old, I’ve no money and no prospects. I’m already a burden to my parents and I’m frightened. So don’t you dare judge me Lizzie. Don’t you dare!” (pg. 109)

    5.) I chose this quote because she is changing her mind on how she feels towards marriage. She said that she believed it to be a wonderful thing, now shes just doing it to be with him because of the security. Also she was never “rude” to anyone esspecailly not her family but in this quote shes tempting it.

  3. 1: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee.

    2: I’ve chosen Scout Finch.

    3:I think she has grown the most in the story because she was ignorant from the start. She soon began to mature and becomes more “lady like”, and she is witnessing her father deal with a case in court(which involes a suspected rape case).

    4:”Dill, you watch out now.” Page 200.

    5:She became more helpful and aware of things. She became more caring and logical than before.

    • 1: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee.

      2: I’ve chosen Scout Finch.

      3: I think she has grown the most in the story because she was ignorant from the start. She soon began to mature and becomes more “lady like”, and she is witnessing her father deal with a case in court(which involes a suspected rape case).

      4: ”Dill, you watch out now,” page 200.

      5: She became more helpful and aware of things. She became more caring and logical than before.

  4. The Call of The Wild by Jack London
    The Dynamic character I have chosen would have to be Buck, he has changed throughout the novel because he went from being a house dog to being kidnapped and being forced to become a sled dog. The event that changed the way they think would be when Buck started acting like a wild animal killing other animals to live, fighting other dog to become lead dog in the team and howling like his wild wolf ancestors before him. He is different from when the book started because he went from a nice dog, never stealing food and not getting into fight. To “No matter what the odds, he never ran from a fight.” (Page 43) “He did not rob openly, but stole secretly and cunningly, out of respect for the law of club and fang. In short he did the things he did because it was easier to do them than not to do them” (page 43). He also changed because he went from being weak to having “Muscles like iron, and he grew callous to all ordinary pain” (page 43-44).

  5. Mrs. Fogelsong, I’m not sure which character to use as a dynamic, either Holmes or Watson. Any help or suggestions?

  6. Where the Red Fern Gorws by Wilson Rawls
    The dynamic charcter in my book would have to be Billy. He changes by he has gotten older, he has gotten more wise, and he has gotten stronger so his physical appearance has changed as well.

    “To a ten-year-old country boy it was the most beautiful place in the whole wide world, and I took advantage of it all.” (pg 17).
    ” I was now 14 and was ready to be a coon hunter.” (pg65).

    The qoutes that I have chosen show how Billy has changed because they are at different times and he is now olser than he was in the beginning of the book. This is partly why he is the dynamic characters

  7. Around the world in 80 days by Jules Verne

    1.Mr. Fogg

    2.He changes when he wants to prove his friends wrong and has a argument and takes the offer of going around the world in 80 days.

    3.”A true Englishman doesn’t joke when he is talking about so serious a thing as a wager” replied Pheleas Fogg, solemnly.

    4. He is proving his word as a Man and is willing to take the adventure.

    (pg 24)

    • Because we’ve done 17 previous journals, I thought that you would choose a quote from a little later in the book. PLease do so, to earn credit. I want you to show that he has changed over the course of the novel, through his world travels and all that he has seen.

    • Around the world for 80 days by Jules Verne

      1.Mr. Fogg

      2.He is going to get married

      3.”‘Is our marriage still agreeable to you?’ “‘Mr.Fogg,” replied she, “It is for me to ask that question. You were ruined, but now you are rich again.'”

      4.He changes from being a lonely man to a happy man.

  8. I’m reading “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom

    1. My dynamic character is going to be the protagonist, Corrie Ten Boom. Obviously, she has had the most change in the book so far.
    2. She’s changed through out the book by her emotions and feelings sky rocketing. She ages from a little girl, to about 70 years old through out the entire book.
    3. They are different from when the novel started because when the book began, she wasn’t trying to hide the poor, frightened Jews. But when the war began and then Gestapos were raiding peoples houses looking for the innocent Jews, Corrie put her life at risk to save those people.
    4. Quote: “But the place where the hunger was the greatest was Germany. Germany was a land in ruins, cities of ashes and rubble, but more terrifying still, minds and hearts of ashes. Just to cross the border was to feel the great weight that hung over that land. (pg. 238)'”
    5. As you can see, this sentence explains how Corrie felt inside about what was going on.

      • I’m reading “The Hiding Place” by Corrie Ten Boom

        1. My dynamic character is going to be the protagonist, Corrie Ten Boom. Obviously, she has had the most change in the book so far.
        2. She’s changed through out the book by her emotions and feelings sky rocketing. She ages from a little girl, to about 70 years old through out the entire book.
        3. They are different from when the novel started because when the book began, she wasn’t trying to hide the poor, frightened Jews. But when the war began and then Gestapos were raiding peoples houses looking for the innocent Jews, Corrie put her life at risk to save those people.
        4. Quote: “But the place where the hunger was the greatest was Germany. Germany was a land in ruins, cities of ashes and rubble, but more terrifying still, minds and hearts of ashes. Just to cross the border was to feel the great weight that hung over that land (pg. 238)”.
        5. As you can see, this sentence explains how Corrie felt inside about what was going on.

  9. 1.The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

    2.Tom Sawyer

    3.He changes by becoming a better child. He starts going to church and memorizing bible verses. He even wins a bible for doing so. People also start respecting him a little more.

    4. “Now I know you’ll tell me” said the lady. “The names of the fisrt two disciples were-”
    Tom said,” DAVID AND GOLIATH!”

    5.He might not know the first two diciples names but he is becoming a better child.

    (pg66)

    • Okay Gage, since this is your second try, I’m going to SHOW YOU exactly how your quote SHOULD LOOK, when done correctly. Because I don’t want you to just do a copy/paste, I’m going to type o’s where the words should go. Please re-do it thus:
      “‘Now o oooo oooooo oooo oo,’ said the lady. ‘Ooo ooooo oo ooo ooooo ooo ooooooooo oooo–‘ Tom said, ‘OOOOO OOO OOOOOOO!'”

      SO: the apostrophe-style quotation mark (‘) is there to show us where dialog starts and stops. The dual quotation marks (“) are there to show where you’ve started quoting Twain and where you’ve stopped quoting Twain. Please try again, for full credit. Thanks.

  10. 1. I’m reading Othello by Julius Lester.
    2. I’ve chosen the character of Othello.
    3. Othello is a dynamic character because he changes from being in love with Desdemona, then wanting to kill her because of Iago tricking him into believing that Desdemona is cheating on him with Cassio.
    4. A quote I’d like to use is “’I See,’ he said cooly” and it’s found on page 115.
    5. In this moment, when Othello says,” ‘I See,’ he said cooly’” you as the reader can tell that something upsetting Othello since he said it in a “cooly” way. Iago has told Othello that Desdemona has had an affair with Cassio (Othello’s lieutenant). Iago has done this because he is jealous of Othello’s and Desdemona’s relationship, and now he is trying to ruin it. Since Iago told Othello that, he has been trying to get Desdemona to admit it. Also another thing to make Iago do what he did is that Othello gave the lieutenant position to Cassio and not Iago causing him to be mad and jealous at/of him. He has changed, making him a dynamic character, because he went from loving Desdemona to hating her, because of the lie that Othello has been told.

  11. 1.Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte.
    2. I have chosen the character of Jane Eyre.
    3. Jane is the dynamic character because she changes from this shy abused child to a vary head strong woman.
    4. A quote I’d like to use is ” While arranging my hair, I looked at my face in the glass, and felt it was no longer plain: there was hope in its aspect and life in its color; and my eyes seems as if they had beheld the fount of fruition, and borrowed beams from the lustrous ripple.” I found this on page 295.
    5. In this quote she looks at herself and realizes that she is a happy person for the first time in her life .

  12. Where the Red Fern Gorws by Wilson Rawls
    The dynamic charcter in my book would have to be Billy. He changes by he has gotten older, he has gotten more wise, and he has gotten stronger so his physical appearance has changed as well.

    “To a ten-year-old country boy it was the most beautiful place in the whole wide world, and I took advantage of it all.” pg 17
    ” I was now 14 and was ready to be a coon hunter.” pg65

    The qoutes that I have chosen show how Billy has changed because they are at different times and he is now olser than he was in the beginning of the book. This is partly why he is the dynamic characters

    • Your quotes aren’t quite right. You won’t be given credit until you put the page numbers in parentheses, with the period on the outside. So you can either do this with each quote:

      “I was now 14 and was ready to be a coon hunter” (page 65).

      That’s the one I showed in class yesterday. It’s called PARENTHETICAL CITATION.
      Or you can do this:

      The quote I’m using is “I was now 14 and was ready to be a coon hunter” which is found on page 65.

      That style is less formal and won’t be allowed on the test, so I suggest you go with parenthetical citation, because that’s what will be required on the test.

  13. Where the Red Fern Gorws by Wilson Rawls
    The dynamic charcter in my book would have to be Billy. He changes by he has gotten older, he has gotten more wise, and he has gotten stronger so his physical appearance has changed as well.

    “To a ten-year-old country boy it was the most beautiful place in the whole wide world, and I took advantage of it all.” pg 17
    ” I was now 14 and was ready to be a coon hunter.” pg65

    • Please re-do your response so that it includes an explanation of how the quote you’ve chosen exemplifies the dynamic nature of the character. (In English, that means, tell me how this quote shows that Billy changed.)

  14. 1. Roots by Alex Haley
    2. The character I chose is Kunta kinte.
    3. Kunta is a dynamic character because he is going from boy to man to slave.
    4. “He was bening over a likely prospect when he heard the sharp crack of a twig, followed quickly by the squawk of the parrot overhead.” That is the quote i have chosen on page 165.
    5. When Alex Haley tells this he is telling when kunta gets captured for the first time. Thats when he becomes a slave.

      • 1. Roots by Alex Haley
        2. The character I chose is Kunta kinte.
        3. Kunta is a dynamic character because he is going from boy to man to slave.
        4. “He was bending over a likely prospect when he heard the sharp crack of a twig, followed quickly by the squawk of the parrot overhead.” That is the quote i have chosen on page 165.
        5. When Alex Haley tells this he is telling when kunta gets captured for the first time. Thats when he becomes a slave.

  15. 1. The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss.
    2. Fritz is a dynamic character because he learns to live on an island.
    3. Fritz changes because he learns how to make everything he needs. He also learns how to use native indian weapons really good.
    4. “and the string with the balls at the end so completely surrounded the tree, that the skill of the Patagonian huntsmen required no further illustration. Each of the boys must needs have a similar instrument; and in a short time Fritz became quite an expert in the art.” I found this on page 113.
    5. With all the time Fritz has on the island he practiced enough and became an expert in a native american weapon. This weapon has two balls tied together with a long string, that you through at your target. He has changed a lot because before he was on the island he never knew about this weapon.

  16. 1.Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
    2.Mack
    3.Mack has changed from a happy-go-lucky character to a sad and dull character
    4.”And not a head turned, not a neck straightened up. The parade filed past and they did not move.” Page 90
    5.This quote shows how sad he is because he doesn’t even have the drive to turn around and watch the once per year parade

  17. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

    Tom Sawyer

    He changes by becoming a better child. He starts going to church and memorizing bible verses. He even wins a bible for doing so. People also start respecting him a little more.

    “Now I know you’ll tell me” said the lady. “The names of the fisrt two disciples were-”
    Tom said,” DAVID AND GOLIATH!”

    He might not know the first two diciples names but he is becoming a better child.

    • Gage, please re-do this journal entry with your dialog quote done correctly. Also, I’d appreciate it if you’d number your responses; that way I can see that you’ve fulfilled each of the response requirements. And where’s the page number for the quote? We must have the page number with each quote we use on the final. One more thing: If Tom doesn’t know who the disciples were, then how can you be sure he has really become a better person? Your quote seems to contradict Tom’s status as a dynamic character, rather than proving it.

      Please re-do this one for credit. Thanks.

  18. 1. I’m reading EMMA by Jane Austen.
    2. So far, one of the most dynamic characters is Mr. Elton.
    3. As the story begins, Mr. Elton is not interested in any girl in particular. The author makes us think that Mr. Elton is falling in love with Miss Smith, but then we realize that he’s actually in love with Emma Woodhouse. When she rejects him, he goes on vacation and comes home with a brand new wife–kind of like he’s rubbing it in Emma’s face that her rejection doesn’t matter to him.
    4. “‘Yes,’ said Mr. John Knightly presently, with some slyness, ‘he seems to have a great deal of good will towards you'” (page 88).
    5. At this point in the story, the reader realizes that Mr. Elton is actually falling in love with Emma. Her brother-in-law, John Knightly points out his “good will towards” Emma, meaning that Mr. Elton has slowly been falling in love with her. Falling in love is certainly a major change for a character, making Mr. Elton a dynamic character.

    I hope that Emma falls in love with someone before the end of the book. It’s too bad that she broke Mr. Elton’s heart, and it’s even worse that he got married to spite her, but I still would like to see Emma happily married before the story’s over. If I remember the movie right, she does eventually fall in love and get married.

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