Writing is easy: a good character analysis essay outline
The outline is often an overlooked piece of writing. The outline serves to set you up for easy writing. If you create a good outline your writing process will be a piece of cake.
When you write an outline for a good character analysis essay you want to include a bullet point or a Roman numeral for every key paragraph or section. You should then include letters or numbers to represent each of the key points you are going to cover in that paragraph or section. If you have facts or quotes you can include them in your outline where you want them in your final paper.
Remember too that the outline is where you play around with the format and the order of your paper. If some paragraphs are just not fitting or others do not have enough support you will see it very quickly in the outline.
So what all should be covered in your character analysis essay?
Well for starters it is much more than a demonstration that you read your assigned book or short story. You want to evaluate the psychological factors that cause people to work the way they do or think the way they do.
- You want to find a character who is of interest of you and state in your introduction who that character is going to be and what role they play.
- Define your character as the protagonist or the supporting player or the antagonist.
- List the positive traits of your character in conjunction with their flaws or weaknesses. Usually the weaknesses are something they must overcome throughout the plot. Remember that no character is absolutely evil or absolutely good.
- Uncover the core quest of your character. The quest in question could be causing conflict or driving toward an action. Good quests are often rooted in a reward or revenge or even escape. Let the reader know why this quest is important to your character.
- Search for any symbolism in your book. Find objects that might represent something or be indicative of the quest of your character. Search for objects and explain why they are important. Why does your character carry a necklace in his pocket? What memory or vulnerability does it represent? Does your character have an empty picture frame because it was the only thing that survived a fire during the character’s childhood which killed her parents?
- Describe the character and their spiritual or emotional growth. Consider the character arc and how the character changes during the story. Does the character get darker as the story progresses as the Soviet soldiers kill all of their loved ones?