Creating Characters by Dwight V. Swain

By Dwight V. Swain

A jargon-free guide at the fundamentals of constructing attention-grabbing fictional characters

Vibrant, plausible characters aid force a fictional tale. in addition to a shrewdpermanent plot, well-drawn characters make us are looking to proceed studying a unique or end looking at a film. In developing Characters, Dwight V. Swain indicates how writers can invent attention-grabbing characters and increase them so they circulate a narrative along.

“The middle of character,” he says in bankruptcy 1, “lies in every one person tale person’s skill to care approximately whatever; to think implicitly or explicitly, that whatever is important.” development on that foundation—the skill to care—Swain takes the would-be author step by step during the basics of discovering and constructing “characters who flip you on.” This easy yet thought-provoking how-to is a important instrument for either the beginner and the pro author.

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144). Mémoires d’une jeune fille rangée 37 prétendis me dédoubler, me regarder, je m’épiai; dans mon journal je dialoguai avec moi-même. ] je n’existais que par moi, et pour moi. ]’ (MJFR, p. 264). ’ (MJFR, p. 268). ] un petit singe; sans aucun doute, c’est ainsi que ces beaux enfants me voyaient; ils me méprisaient: pire, ils m’ignoraient. Je contemplai, désemparée, leur triomphe et mon néant’ (MJFR, p. 86) (my emphasis). The inevitability of the death of the ‘jeune fille rangée’ is implied, with identity conveyed as a process of identifications rather than as fixed image: Je regardais le fauteuil de maman et je pensais: ‘Je ne pourrai plus m’asseoir sur ses genoux’.

In Mémoires d’une jeune fille rangée the older narrator positions herself as judge; she is the superego who opposes the young Simone, and this older and wiser narrator provides a different perspective from which to view the younger autobiographical selves resurrected in the text. 16 Viewed in the context of women’s autobiography, the text reveals not only Beauvoir’s narratives of self 12 In French Autobiography: Devices and Desires (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1993), pp. 220-21. 13 In The Myth of the Heroine: the Female Bildungsroman in the 20th Century (New York: Peter Lang, 1986), p.

Autobiography and Intertext There are a number of ways in which the text pushes at the boundaries of autobiography into neighbouring genres. Indeed, use of the term ‘mémoire’ in the title itself makes it difficult to draw clear distinctions between it and autobiography. 46 However, the narrator’s desire to return to ‘jeune fille rangée’ status under the wing of Sartre would appear to complicate this type of reading, as does a consideration of the role of irony in the text. In addition, the Bildungsroman definition does not encompass all the themes in the book, especially those concerned with death, as Moi notes: […] Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter reads as a sustained effort to write the Bildungsroman of an independent woman; the story of the young Simone is explicitly intended to counter that of Maggie Tulliver in The Mill on the 45 Autobiographical Tightropes, op.

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