#19. Paint a picture of your main character.

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Take a look at the drawing you made of your protagonist, back when we started reading our novels. Do you think you would draw him/her differently now? Or do you think he/she looks about the same in your mind’s eye?

Yesterday’s journal entry asked you to assess how the main character (or another key character) has changed. Perhaps some of those changes are physical. Maybe some are based on the character’s internal conflicts.

For today’s journal, make a list of five characteristics (both internal and external) of your book’s protagonist. Here’s an example:

  1. Jim Hawkins is male.
  2. He’s a youth, but we don’t know exactly how old.
  3. He knows how to read, which is unusual in the 1700’s.
  4. He is brave (like in the quote from yesterday’s journal submission: “I passed my word” where he chose to stay with the pirates instead of running away). –internal conflict = proving his manhood
  5. He lives with his mother, but his father has died. That puts him in charge of his family’s business, running an inn. –external conflict = supporting his mother financially
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  1. A Christmas Carol BY: Charles Dickens

    1.Scrooge is a male
    2. he’s grumpy
    3.he hates Christmas
    4. he’s mean
    5.and two of his loved ones had past away

  2. 1.) Elizabeth is female
    2.) She is 20 i believe
    3.) she is the quiet type
    4.) She hated Mr. Darcy- Internal conflict, because it is how she feels.
    5.) She’s not the most beautiful of the daughters, external conflict- because it is out of the characters control

  3. 1.Karana is a female
    2.She is an Indian so that helps me imagine what she wears.
    3.She is sixteen.
    4Internal conflict is she is sad that some of her people died.
    5.Her external conflict is trying survive on the island by herself.

  4. 1: Scout Finch is female.
    2: She lived in the 1930’s(helps imagine the clothing she wore during the story).
    3: She’s very young. Roughly 5 years old, I believe.
    4: She is curious.
    5: She is serious.

  5. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
    1. Buck is a dog.
    2. He has a heavy set muscular body good for hard work.
    3. He is the kind of dog that sticks up for himself if another dog wants to fight him he holds his ground and fights back.
    4. He can be a really nice dog if you treat him good and don’t try to hurt him.
    5. He guards and protects his friends and the humans who care for him.

  6. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.

    1. Billy Coleman is a male-External.

    2.He starts out in the beginning of the book being an adult, and then he is about ten year old when the story begins, and by the end of the story that the book tells he is 14 so he changes throughout the entire book-External.

    3. He becomes so attached to his dogs he is with them more than people so he becomes mentally attached and different.-Internal

    4.He is always out hunting late at night so it makes him tired and changes his physical appearance-External.

    5. He doesn’t eat regularly because of all of the coon hunting he does so his weight changes-External.

  7. Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls.

    1. Billy Coleman is a male.

    2.He starts out in the beginning of the book being an adult, and then he is about ten year old when the story begins, and by the end of the story that the book tells he is 14 so he changes throughout the entire book.

    3. He becomes so attatched to his dogs he is with them more than people so he becomes mentally attached and different.

    4.He is always out hunting late at night so it makes him tired and changes his physical appearance.

    5. He doesn’t eat regularly because of all of the coon hunting he does so his weight changes.

  8. Around the world in 80 days

    1. Mr Pheleas Fogg is a male.
    2. The book doesn’t tell you how old he is really but i think he is about 34 years old.
    3. He is good a keeping his word and accomplishing his adventures.
    4. He is not in any relationship or married he just lives alone.
    5. He travels the world.

  9. 1.Jim Hawkins is male.
    2.He’s a youth, but we don’t know exactly how old.
    3.He knows how to read, which is unusual in the 1700′s.
    4.He is brave (like in the quote from yesterday’s journal submission: “I passed my word” where he chose to stay with the pirates instead of running away). –internal conflict = proving his manhood
    5.He lives with his mother, but his father has died. That puts him in charge of his family’s business, running an inn. –external conflict = supporting his mother financially

    • I posted the wrong coment sorry so heres the right one
      1. Jody Foster is male.
      2. He’s a youth, but we don’t know exactly how old.
      3. He knows how to take care of horses.
      4. He is intelligent.( Internal conflict= by knowing how to take care of horses)
      5. Their family doesn’t have very much money which means they can’t pay helping hands on the farm.( external conflict= he has to work on the farm)

  10. 1. Othello is male.
    2. He’s a middle-aged, but we don’t know exactly how old.
    3. He knows how to read, which is unusual in the 1700′s.
    4. He is mad, he has heard from Othello that Desdemona has been cheating on him with Cassio. But there has been evidence that Iago purposely made that supports the idea that she did cheat. –internal conflict = He thinks that Desdemona no longer loves him, even though they are newlyweds, but that she loves Michael Cassio.
    5. He committed murder, by killing Desdemona because of what he had heard of what she has been doing with others. –external conflict = now has to live with the fact that he has killed someone because of the lie that someone has made up.

  11. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
    1. Jane Eyre is female.
    2. She is about 18 or 19 years old.
    3. She is good at sketching and painting. She can also play the piano very well.
    4. She doesn’t have a lot of confidence herself or her choices (because when she was a small her aunt was very mean to her). -internal confict= doesn’t have any self-esteem.
    She hears strange laughters and had a dream that a woman came and tore her weeding veil, but when she woke up it was really torn. -external conflict= is scared about what could happen to her if it wasn’t a dream.

  12. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom

    5 internal and external problems with Corrie ten Boom:
    INTERNAL:
    1. She feels scared about trying to hide the Jews.
    2. She doesn’t know where to send the Jews so they can hide.
    3.She has no husband, and is crushed when she finds out that her true love has been engaged to another woman.
    4. She is scared to death about being in the concentration camps.She has no idea what is going to happen to her family and herself.
    5. And most importantly, Corrie, her sister Betsie, and her father Casper never stop believing and having faith in God.

    Internal conflict- She’s very brave, and goes on with live trying as hard as she can, even when the settings around her are at their worst.

    EXTERNAL:
    1. Through out the book, Corrie is growing older.
    2. She has to face the outgoing raids by the Gestapos every day.
    3. She has to find ways to import the Jews without getting caught.
    4. She is beaten every day in the concentration camps.
    5. Corrie has to find ration cards in order for the Jews to eat and find shelter.

    External conflict- She goes through a lot, and sacrifices her life for the innocent Jews when she could be killed for trying to help them.

  13. Roots by Alex Haley
    1. He is an African.
    2. He is a male.
    3. He has an internal conflict when he gets moved away from his family.
    4. He knows how to read after he becomes a slave. That is very unusual.
    5. Having to protect and support his wife and family is the external conflict.

    • I think you can give more specific details on internal vs. external conflict. Try something like this: learning to live with an amputated limb is his external conflict. His internal conflict deals more with….?

      GO DEEPER. You’re not really reaching for it in this weak response. No credit. Try again.

    • Roots by Alex Haley
      1. Kunta Kinte is a male.
      2. Kunta Kinte grows from a new born baby to a man with a family.
      3. An external conflict is that Kunta has to live without his right foot.
      4. An internal conflict is that Kunta doesn’t know if he will ever see his family again.
      5. Kunta is good at adapting to new places very quickly.

  14. 1.Tom Sawyer is a male.

    2.Book does not say exactly how old he is but I am pretty sure he is in his teen year.

    3.He is very good at getting in trouble and tricking people to doing what he wants them to do.

    4.He is not married(he is in love with the new girl)-internal conflict=doesn’t think she will ever give him the time of day.

    5.He gets beaten(by his aunt whenver he does something wrong)-external conflict= he has many scars.

  15. The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss.
    1. Fritz is a male.
    2. When the ship crashed he was 15 but they have been on the island for two years.
    3. He is the oldest of the families sons.
    4. Over the course of the book he has learned how to use many native american weapons.
    5. He rides a wild ass for transportation.

    • Internal Conflict: He wants to train his eagle he caught to hunt so it will hunt for small game for the family.

      External Conflict: He does not know how to hunt and get food without a gun so he learns other ways throughout the book.

  16. 1.Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
    2.Mack is a male
    3.He is a good mechanic
    4.He likes to make things that go wrong right
    5.He was once married

  17. 1.Emma Woodhouse is female.
    2.She’s 18 years old.
    3.She’s good at painting and piano. She’s also very rich—the richest woman in her neighborhood.
    4.She wants to prove herself to be a good matchmaker, but the match between Miss Smith and Mr. Elton failed miserably. Here’s an example: “She could think of nothing better; and though there was something in it which her own heart could not approve—something of ingratitude, merely glossed over—it must be done, or what would become of Harriet?” (page 146). I believe Harriet’s starting to get mad about Emma’s constant pushing her to marry the wrong guy. That’s what it means by “ingratitude… glossed over…”INTERNAL CONFLICT= Emma is trying to prove she’s a good match maker, but getting into other people’s business is backfiring on her.
    5.As one of the richest people in her neighborhood, Emma Woodhouse has a certain responsibility to be generous toward poorer people. That’s why the Woodhouses give a leg of pork to the Bateses. EXTERNAL CONFLICT = She tries to show her generosity toward poorer people, so society will think better of her. (I couldn’t think of anything else. Nobody gets in any fights in this story. But some of the poorer people have trouble making enough money to provide food for their families, and that’s an external conflict, I guess. It’s not Emma’s conflict, but it is a very real problem in this time period, and it effects Emma.)

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