character study

noun
a work of fiction in which the delineation of the central character's personality is more important than the plot.
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It's a little play because it's kind of a character study and not heavy on plot.
Through his pen, inanity became animate, and the captious craft of caricature
  was raised to character study.
The intense character study builds toward a surprising conclusion.
It is a good likeness and an unusually convincing character study.
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