What makes a character complex


The analysis of figure conception examines the Development, shape and clarity of a figure in the design of the characters by the narrator.

With following Key questions the analysis of figure conception can be approached:

  • Is it a static or dynamic figure?

    • Does the figure change or is it the same in character?

    • Are individual traits changing?

    • Is she going through a character development?

  • Is it a complex or one-dimensionally conceived figure?

    • Does the character of the figure have numerous or only a few features?

    • Does the figure create the image of an individual personality?

    • Is the character more of a stereotyped character (e.g. the bad guy, the jealous husband)

  • Is it a closed or around an open figure?

    • Is the character of the figure comprehensible or does it seem rather puzzling?

    • In principle, does the figure have development potential in itself and in its social relationships?

    • Do the motives for feeling, thinking and acting ultimately remain unexplained?

Whether a figure can be precisely classified in this alternative grid naturally depends on the design by the narrator or author of the text. Depending on the text, the decision also allows a certain amount of room for interpretation. It can happen that the assessment of a character according to whether it is conceptually more static or more dynamic is controversial even in a comparatively short epic text. (→ see Kurt Marti, Naples)