Round character

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== Examples ==
== Examples ==
*Bilbo Baggins, ''The Lord of the Rings''
*Bilbo Baggins, Tolkien, J.R.R. ''The Lord of the Rings''.
*Isabel Archer, ''The Portrait of a Lady''
*Isabel Archer, James, Henry. ''The Portrait of a Lady''.
*Gwendolen Harleth, ''Daniel Deronda''
*Gwendolen Harleth, Eliot, George. ''Daniel Deronda''.
== Critical Debates ==
== Critical Debates ==

Revision as of 16:00, 11 June 2008

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



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.


  • Bilbo Baggins, Tolkien, J.R.R. The Lord of the Rings.
  • Isabel Archer, James, Henry. The Portrait of a Lady.
  • Gwendolen Harleth, Eliot, George. Daniel Deronda.

Critical Debates

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

Related Terms

flat character, stock character


Forster, E.M. Aspects of the Novel.

Prince, Gerald. Dictionary of Narratology.

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