Characters are at the heart of “Heart of Darkness,” and yet many characters do not even have names, referred to simply by their roles within the company or the story. This can help make their function all the clearer. Use the novel to illustrate principles of characterization for your class.
Class discussion: How can writers create characters? What are the means through which we understand characters? Is a character created through dialogue? Action? Narration? How is fictional characterization different in writing than in other mediums? Are Grave’s characters believable as real people? If so, why? If not, why not?
Activity: Divide the students into groups of three and give them each one character to research. Have them identify all of the ways in which that character is characterized in one given chapter of the book..
Assignment: Ask the students to develop a character similar...
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