Flat character

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A flat character is one that lacks a complex and realistic personality.

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Definition

Coined by E.M. Forster, a flat character is a term referring to a character who boasts no mental or emotional development. Much like a stock character, a flat character exhibits strong defining characteristics, speech habits, and the like, but still falls short of the complexity of a round character.

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Related Terms

stock character, round character

References

Forster, E.M. Aspects of the Novel.

Prince, Gerald. Dictionary of Narratology.

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