Reading Reflection: Charles – 5 Facts of Fiction (Week 4)

Fact #1: Fiction is all about a character.
The more you know about your character the more you care about them. The author chooses them to be this way for a reason. What are those reasons?
– If the author wrote about Laurie/Charles as a good character who always obeyed the rules, it wouldn’t be as interesting.
Who is the main character?
– Laurie/ Charles, the story is about Laurie pretending to be Charles.
What does he or she look like?
– Laurie wears blue jeans, a belt and a cap, and ‘Charles’ doesn’t wear a jacket.
Can you describe your character’s personality?
– Laurie/ Charles is a trouble maker, he is quite mischievous.
How does this character get to be this way?
– Laurie probably didn’t know how to behave properly since he had never been to school, then continued with the same attitude because of all the attention he was getting

Fact #2: Fiction is all about what your character wants. 
What does your character want more than anything else?
– I personally think that Laurie wants to act older and more mature. I also think he might want attention.
Why does your character want it?
– Because now that he is at school he wants to fit in by acting older.
Some characters want a lot, some want a little. It doesn’t really matter so long as what your character wants is extremely important. The more important it is, the more your character will do to get it, and that’s what makes the plot so interesting.

Fact #3: Fiction is all about how your character gets or does not get what he or she wants.
Is your character successful?
– If Laurie wanted to get attention then he was successful, since he got a lot of attention, but it wasn’t good attention.
– If Laurie wanted to act older, he was partially successful, since he acts older, but not in a good way, he acts ruder and meaner.
Or does your character’s quest end in failure?
– If Laurie wanted to act older or get attention, he was mainly successful, just not in a good way.
Does what they want change?
– If Laurie wanted attention or to seem older, his objective doesn’t change much, although in the middle of the story it mentions how ‘Charles’ (Laurie) is good for a while, but then he turns bad again.
Either way it can still be a great story. How does your character succeed or fail?
– They get what they want, but they don’t necessarily get it in a good way, if they wanted attention, sure, they got attention, but it was bad attention, not good attention.
What obstacles does your character encounter? What solutions does your character craft to meet the challenges of his or her world?

Fact #4: Fiction is all about how your character changes.
How does your character change as a result of what happens?
– Laurie starts acting better around the middle of the story, possibly because of all the negative attention he is getting, but then he starts acting bad again.
What was your character like at the beginning?
– At the very beginning, Laurie was a young, sweet toddler, who then turned ‘bad’.
What is your character like at the end?
– Pretty much the same as the start (not very well behaved.).
What has your character learnt?
– Laurie learnt that not all attention is good, then he started acting better, but after that he was bad again, which confused me.
What did you learn from reading the story?
– I didn’t really learn anything

Fact #5: Fiction is all about a world an author creates.
This makes the story believable… How did the author create the world of this story?
– This world is very similar to our present world, but I think it was set a while ago, because of the punishments, clothing and teaching material.
What kinds of people, places, things and ideas did the author include?
– I think that the author tried to use realistic people and places to make the story more believable.
What successes, disasters and conflicts does this world have?
– I think that we didn’t learn enough about the world they were living in to answer this question.
What are the good things in this world? What are the bad things? How does the setting help the author explore their theme? Complete the following sentence: “This is a world where…”
– This is a world where everything is the same as normal, the world isn’t any different to ours.

1 Comment on Reading Reflection: Charles – 5 Facts of Fiction (Week 4)

  1. libby2016
    August 15, 2017 at 11:22 am (1 year ago)

    Well done Juliet – some really insightful comments. Hopefully the class discussion helped to fill out a few of your ideas.


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