Conflict reveals character

Tags: CharacterizationCharacterization


A novel illustrates the transformation of a character into someone capable of overcoming their fatal flaw. The trajectory of that transformation is revealed through the conflict that the character faces over the course of the novel. The character's response to those conflicts show the reader who they are and who they are becoming.

  • Show don't tell - Conflict in the novel "shows" the reader who the protagonist is rather than simply telling them.


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