Tutor profile: Jeanaye P.
What is a one-dimensional character, and why are they considered bad?
One-dimensional characters are characters that do not have any deep motivations, emotions, or just come off as being bland. Such characters make it difficult for the reader to connect with them, and so can make the writing seem dull or unappealing. Humans are complex creatures with varying emotions and desires. Some feelings even pile upon one another until it is hard for that person to even understand what those feeling are. A one-dimensional character that does not portray that same ability will come off as flat and unrealistic, thus preventing the reader from fully submersing themselves into the story.
Why does Shakespeare spell some words so strange, and others normal?
Language is always developing, and this wasn't any different when Shakespeare lived. The man lived in a time when the language was transitioning from Middle English and so his works still held traces of some of the past spellings that would later fizzle out and become obsolete. In his own writing, there are cases where he would use one version of a word and later use another, indicating how unsure Shakespeare also was with how the spelling should have been executed. To answer the question more succinctly, the language was in transition and even Shakespeare seemed to find it hard to remember which spelling he should use.
What is critical reading, and why is it necessary in literature?
Critical reading is when a reader looks beyond the surface level of the writing and finds meaning behind the decisions the author made. Upon reading a book the first time, the reader may find that they simply enjoy the story, however, if critical reading is used upon a second or third reading, the reader will find layers to the character's motivations, actions, words, and perhaps many other things that the author did not allow to show on the surface, or that might not have been caught by the casual reader. In addition to what can be found about the characters, critical reading can provide a host of information about the time period of when the book was written, how the author themselves felt about certain subjects, and any agenda the author might have had when writing a character or scene the way that they did.
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