Literary Terminology

What is character motivation?

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2020-05-15 07:48:32

What does a character want? --APEX

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2014-11-24 16:57:14

A character's motivation is something that propels inside of

them, their personality.

Another definition is to wonder what makes people behave the way

they do.

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.

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