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Direct and Indirect Characterisation

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A set of two posters explaining direct and indirect characterisation.

Direct characterisation:

The writer directly provides information about a character’s personality and tells the reader what the character is like.

Indirect characterisation:

The writer uses the character’s thoughts, words and actions to reveal information about them. They can also use how other characters respond to that character, including what they think and say about them.

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  • ACELT1605

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  • ACELA1477

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  • ACELT1604

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  • ACELT1798

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  • ACELY1801

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