Characterization in “the Rocking-Horse Winner” and “the Destructors"

Characterization in “the Rocking-Horse Winner” and “the Destructors"

Characterization in “The Rocking-Horse Winner” and “The Destructors”
English 102: Literature and Composition
Fall B 2011
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Thesis
Successfully forming your characters in fiction stories sets the basis for the story to unfold. In D.H Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner” and Graham Greene’s “ The Destructors” we can picture the two main characters and their perspective roles in the stories. However, the way they are developed and their description, varies to some degree.

Outline
      1. Motivation:
a.   Trevor: Wanted to be the leader of the gang
              b.   Paul: Wanted to help his family out with money problems
        2.     Conflict:
a. Trevor: Wanted to be a bigger part of the gang
b. Paul: Wanted to prove to his family that he was lucky, and to provide financial support
        3.     Tone
  a. Trevor: Quiet and devious
  b. Paul: Outspoken and good-hearted
        4.     Characterization:
  a. Trevor: withdrawn to leader of the gang
  b. Paul: Remains mostly the same

English 102
September 15, 2011
Characterization in:
“The Rocking-Horse Winner” and “The Destructors”
Successfully forming your characters in fiction stories sets the basis for the story to unfold. In D.H Lawrence’s “The Rocking-Horse Winner” the tone of the main character   is described as young and ambitious. His physical characteristics go along with this, and the conflict that he encounters is perfect for his tone and character. In Graham Greene’s “The Destructors” the main character is a bit different. His tone is more quite and stern. The conflict that he encounters is different and his motivations are as well. The characterization of each is revealed differently. In “The Destructors the main character and his motivation is portrayed slowly whereas in “The Rocking-Horse Winner” the tone, conflict and motivation of the main character is brought to our attention immediately.
In “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” Paul, is introduced in the first...

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