Indirect Characterization Of The Secret Life Of Bees

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Answer the following questions about direct and indirect characterization as it relates to The Secret Life of Bees.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Relating to indirect characterization, what does STEAL stand for?

    • A.

      Speech, Thoughts, Empathy, Attitude, Looks

    • B.

      Speech, Thoughts, Emotions, Affect on others, Looks

    • C.

      Specialty, Toughness, Emotions, Attitude, Looks

    • D.

      Strongness, Tenderness, Empathy, Affect on others, Laughter

    Correct Answer
    B. Speech, Thoughts, Emotions, Affect on others, Looks
    Explanation
    The acronym STEAL stands for Speech, Thoughts, Emotions, Affect on others, and Looks. These are the different aspects of a character's personality and behavior that can be indirectly revealed through the narrative. Speech refers to the character's dialogue and how they communicate. Thoughts refer to the character's inner monologue and what they are thinking. Emotions refer to the character's feelings and how they express them. Affect on others refers to how the character's actions and behavior impact those around them. Looks refer to the character's physical appearance and how it may reflect their personality.

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  • 2. 

    Lily's choice to lie to the Calendar Sisters about her whole life story is an example of indirect characterization. Which example of "STEAL" is this?

    • A.

      Speech

    • B.

      Thoughts

    • C.

      Emotions/Personality

    • D.

      Affect on Others

    • E.

      Looks

    Correct Answer
    C. Emotions/Personality
    Explanation
    Lily's choice to lie to the Calendar Sisters about her whole life story reveals her personality and emotions. By choosing to deceive them, it shows that Lily is willing to manipulate others to achieve her goals. This action reflects her character traits, such as being deceitful, cunning, or desperate. It also indicates her emotional state, possibly feeling insecure or desperate enough to fabricate a false narrative. This example of indirect characterization through Lily's actions provides insight into her emotions and personality.

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  • 3. 

    "Listen to me," he said, his fingers squeezing into my arms. "We were arguing like you said. We didn't see you at first. Then we turned around and you were standing there holding the gun. You'd picked it up off the floor. Then it just went off."This indirect characterization of T. Ray describes his...

    • A.

      Speech

    • B.

      Thoughts

    • C.

      Emotions/Personality

    • D.

      Affect on others/Relationships

    • E.

      Looks

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Speech
    D. Affect on others/Relationships
    Explanation
    The given passage provides indirect characterization of T. Ray through his speech and the affect it has on others. T. Ray's words, "Listen to me," and his physical actions of squeezing the narrator's arms, show his assertiveness and dominance. Additionally, his explanation of the situation and the way he tries to justify his actions reveal his manipulative and controlling nature. The passage also suggests that his speech and behavior have a negative impact on the narrator's relationship with him, as evidenced by the tension and fear conveyed through the narrator's perspective.

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  • 4. 

    _____________ characterization is when the author comes right out and explains the characters' traits without dropping hints. Ex:  Rosaleen was a colored woman who did not know how to read.

    Correct Answer(s)
    Direct Characterization
    Explanation
    Direct characterization is a type of characterization where the author directly states the traits of the character without leaving any room for interpretation. In the given example, the author explicitly describes Rosaleen as a colored woman who does not know how to read. This statement directly provides information about her race and her inability to read, without any need for inference or deduction.

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  • 5. 

    ______________ characterization is when the author does not come right out and explains the characters. Hints are dropped through their actions, interactions, and other aspects as well.

    Correct Answer(s)
    Indirect Characterization
    Explanation
    Indirect characterization is a technique used by authors where they do not explicitly state the traits or qualities of the characters. Instead, the author provides hints and clues through the characters' actions, interactions, dialogue, thoughts, and other aspects. Through these indirect methods, readers can infer and interpret the characters' personalities, motivations, and beliefs. This allows for a more nuanced and engaging reading experience, as readers are actively involved in piecing together the characteristics of the characters based on the information provided by the author.

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  • 6. 

    Lily love for her mother's old things is an example of _________________ characterization.

    Correct Answer(s)
    Indirect
    Explanation
    Lily's love for her mother's old things indicates her character indirectly. This means that the author does not explicitly state Lily's character traits, but rather shows them through her actions and feelings towards her mother's belongings. By expressing love for these items, Lily is indirectly revealing her sentimental and nostalgic nature, which provides insight into her character.

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  • 7. 

    Explain the difference between direct and indirect characterization.

  • 8. 

    Use examples from The Secret Life of Bees to show how Lily is described using indirect characterization.

  • 9. 

    Create a character or choose someone you know and describe them indirectly in 2 paragraphs.

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