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Chapter 13. Tell Me a Story: Narration > Narrative Building Blocks - Pg. 145

Tell Me a Story: Narration 145 A character is a person or an animal in a story. Main characters have important roles in the narrative; minor characters have smaller parts. They usually serve as a contrast to the main character or to advance the plot. Characterization is the different ways a writer tells readers about characters. Sometimes you may wish to describe the characters directly by naming their traits. Here's an example of direct charac- terization: John Reed was a schoolboy of fourteen years old; four years older than I, for I was but ten; large and stout for his age, with a dingy and unwholesome skin; thick lineaments in a spacious visage, heavy limbs and large extremities. He gorged himself habitually at table, which made him bilious, and gave him dim and bleared eyes and flabby cheeks. --Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, Chapter 1 Author! Author! The first woman to earn her living as an author seems to have been Aphra Behn (1640­ 1689), who wrote a number of popular poems, plays, and novels, including the romantic novels The Fair Jilt , The Rover , and The Amours of Philander and Sylvia. When not busy writing, Behn served as a spy for Charles II.