(V) How to Determine a Character’s Feelings in a Story

A character’s feeling can be displayed in a number of ways. Often times it is up to the reader to decipher how the character feels. Consider the following sentence, “Jim smiled at everyone he passed that day.” Because Jim is smiling at random people, it can be assumed that Jim is happy. Readers can also determine a character’s feelings by the dialogue the character has. For example, “‘What’s the point?!’, John exclaimed.” In this sentence the reader can tell that John is frustrated, due to his dialogue. Another way a reader can tell a character’s feelings is through an author’s explicit description. For example an author may say, “Jenny is upset.” Because of this description, the reader undoubtedly knows that Jenny is upset.

Character's Feelings

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