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== Examples ==
 
== Examples ==
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*Bilbo Baggins, ''The Lord of the Rings''
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*Isabel Archer, ''The Portrait of a Lady''
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*Gwendolen Harleth, ''Daniel Deronda''
  
 
== Critical Debates ==
 
== Critical Debates ==

Revision as of 11:57, 11 June 2008

A round character is one who is capable of change and evolution throughout a story.

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Definition

A round character is a term coined by E.M. Forster and is the direct opposite of a flat character. A round character is extremely realistic, behaving and speaking in a "real life" manner. The character is complex and increases in complexity throughout the story. A round character is capable of contradiction and change with evidence of emotional and psychological development.

Examples

  • Bilbo Baggins, The Lord of the Rings
  • Isabel Archer, The Portrait of a Lady
  • Gwendolen Harleth, Daniel Deronda

Critical Debates

{is the term contested, challenged, defined differently, etc.?}

Related Terms

flat character, stock character

References

Forster, E.M. Aspects of the Novel.

Prince, Gerald. Dictionary of Narratology.

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