Character Analysis Research Paper

Complete each sentence prompt to build the elements of a complete character analysis.

You must include the following in your essay:
1. Five to ten vocabulary words from your various lists
2. Several of all types of syntax – sentence structure: simple, compound, complex and compound-complex.
3. Secondary source quotes in the introduction and conclusion.
4. Lead-ins and parenthetical documentation for every quote.

Thesis Statement

 You can’t begin a quality essay without establishing a guiding statement from which all ideas extend.
 Within the statement name the character, his beginning personality and/or behaviors, changes and ending traits in broad terms. Those
three things will be the foundation of your body paragraphs.

Introduction

1. Make a general comment about the subject matter of your thesis stmt / claim.

2. Relate your general subject matter to the author and what he addresses in the novel.

3. Explain why it is essential that this character be analyzed. Psychological, emotional, physical results, etc. Be broad but specific to your chosen character.

4. Begin the detailed description of the character and a general description of the influences on that character.

5. More details about the character and a general statement about how the
character changes or develops through the entire work. What point
are you trying to make?

6. Thesis Statement / Claim

Body Paragraph – Beginning of Novel Character Analysis

1. Topic Sentence – Make a statement about what this paragraph will
contain.

2. Expand on the topic sentence with a description of the character in general terms but more specific than in the introduction.

3. Include a primary source quote to support your analysis Include a lead-in and proper parenthetical documentation.

4. Describe what your primary source quote does to support your analysis. Why is it important for the reader to understand your analysis?
Do not begin with “this quote shows…”

5. Include a quote from your secondary source – the research.
Include a lead-in and proper parenthetical documentation.

6. Why is this statement important to include in your analysis? What
further insight does it provide? How does it relate to your topic?

7. Describe / summarize the character’s personality, behaviors, etc. as you
have analyzed it from the first several chapters of the novel. Include a statement that suggests a change as a transition to next paragraph

Follow the same sentence breakdown for the next two body paragraphs.

Conclusion

1. Restate the thesis statement/claim. See the first sentence of the sample essay.

2. Include a secondary source quote to support your overall ideas of character development and change within the novel.
Include a lead-in and proper parenthetical documentation.

3-5. Sentences  – write one sentence that summarizes the analysis in each of your body paragraphs.

6. Describe / summarize the character’s personality, behaviors, etc. as you
have analyzed it in this essay. Describe what the result is from the character’s transition or changes. What happens to him in the end?