What is character motivation?
A character's motivation is something that propels inside of
them, their personality.
Another definition is to wonder what makes people behave the way
In a novel or play character motivation is concerned with
explaining (in the work of literature itself) why the character act
in the way they do: for example, Jim Doe hates Jane Doe in a novel,
and the motivation (reason - as presented in the novel) is that at
some time in the past he did her an injustice which she has not
forgiven. Something that keeps them going.