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Characterization In Kings

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Characterization is a writer's method of developing an individual by describing physical appearance or actions, by revealing the person's speech or thoughts, or by indicating other characters' reactions to him or her. Characterization may explore personality, emotions, social status, personal history, or psychological states. Meir Sternberg also emphasizes the roles of gapping and, correspondingly, gap-filling in the process of characterization. The fullest characterizations, or at least the most narrative space devoted to a single character, are of those kings and prophets who appear in multiple episodes. Solomon is a good example of a character who occupies a great deal of narrative space, is credited with both considerable political and intellectual accomplishments, delivers the longest and most passionate speech in Kings, and yet remains an elusive personality. The tales of Elisha, however, create a more fully formed character.

Keywords: Elisha; Meir Sternberg; Solomon



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