Start writing fiction: characters and stories
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Start writing fiction: characters and stories

6.2.1 Can’t stop talking about characters

Figure 7

Note down your ideas about the Fitzgerald story.

  • You may have noted that Fitzgerald makes some use of summary; is this effective?
  • There is little or no use of physical description – is this a deficit?
  • There is a considerable use of dialogue, so we see the characters in action in a scene; is the dialogue effective in revealing what characters are like and the sorts of misunderstanding that arises between them?
  • In many narratives there might be a preponderance of one particular method over another at any one time – is there a dominant method of portrayal in this story?

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