What defines a character? What makes them memorable? In many cases characters and people in general are defined by what motivates them or by a single characteristic, be it physical, mental, emotional or psychological. Sometimes it is a quirky affectation for which a character is known. Let’s look at some notable examples from literature.
The Man in the Yellow Hat from Curious George
Molly Weasley is known for her fierce temper
Dumbledore is known for his love of candy and acceptance of all walks of life
Bella Swan is known for her clumsiness
Grant Jefferson (from the Monsterhunter International books) is defined by his “pretty-boy” lifestyle
Harry Potter has a predilection for saving people
Katniss Everdeen has a constant fight between self preservation and outward love. She is also known for her mockingjay pin.
Kaladin (Stormlight Archive) is defined by his honor and his hatred of lighteyes.
Voldemort is defined by his quest for immortality.
In many ways, these characters are defined by these traits. In a later post I will look into each of these characters more fully, but first, what do you think about how characters are defined by, sometimes, a single trait? Please share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below.