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Mrs. Thompson Lit 134 October 2 Vocabulary

Characterization (n): the method a writer uses to revealthe personality traits of a character.  Authors reveal the personality of each character through characterization, or by describing the character's physical appearance, thoughts, spoken words, and actions.

Imputation (n): An accusation.  He hadn't done anything wrong, so he didn't like the imputation.

Parsimony (n): Stinginess.  Despite his great wealth, the man was known for his parsimony.

Depreciate (v): To lessen the price or value of.  The floodwater that soaked Anton's storage boxes depreciated his baseball card collection.

Prudence (n): Caution; good judgment.  It was a dangerous place and therefore her prudence was wise.

Round Character (n): A character who shows varied and sometimes contradictory traits. Round characters typically have fully fleshed-out and multi-faceted personalities, backgrounds, desires, and motivations.

Flat Character (n): A character who reveals only one personality trait.  Rather than being multi-dimensional, like a round character, a flat character tends to be one-dimensional.

Static Character (n): Remains the same throughout the story. Draco Malfoy is an example fo a static character. Although he gets many opportunities to grow and transform for the better, he prefers not to change.

Dynamic Character (n): Changes during the story.  Ebenezer Scrooge is a clear example of a dynamic character.  He goes from a miserly scrooge to a generous giver after encounters with three ghosts.

Stereotype (n): A generalization about a group of people that is made without regard for individual differences.  While many people believe the stereotype all teenagers are lazy, their beliefs are false.

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