Character Images (adapted from Ms. Liss’ Body Biography)


For your chosen character, create a visual and written portrait (upper torso) illustrating several aspects of the character’s personality/motivation/conflicts. 


You will have multiple opportunities to fill up your piece of paper.  We begin today, but you will add more as we complete our reading.


Below are several ideas to consider but feel free to come up with our own creations based on the text.  You will be presenting your final work to the class.  Be sure your final presentation includes; a review of happenings within the play, visual symbols, at least three lines that really stood out for you as indicative of your character.



Character Images Suggestions


  1. Placement:  Choose the placement of your text and artwork.  For example, the area where your character’s heart would be might be appropriate for illustrating character’s desires. The brain might be what s/he obsesses about. The shoulders might carry internal conflict.  The eye area might reveal how s/he sees the world.  Etc…Consider all parts of the body/torso and what the symbolic meaning is for each in regards to your character.


  1. Spine:  This is that person’s objective within the story.  What do you see as the most important goal for your character? What is driving the character’s thoughts and actions?


  1. Color – often symbolic. What color or colors do you associate with your character?


  1. Symbols: Do you associate any objects with your character that can illustrate your character’s essence?  If the objects aren’t in the play you can choose objects that seem to correspond with your character.


  1. Relationships: What impact do your character’s most important relationships have on him or her? How can you illustrate this?


  1. Subtext:  Think of a thought bubble in cartoons.  Subtext is the thing we are really thinking when we are speaking (but we don’t say!)