flat character

flat character

noun
an easily recognized character type in fiction who may not be fully delineated but is useful in carrying out some narrative purpose of the author.
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Main Entry:  flat character
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a literary character whose personality can be defined by one or two traits and does not change in the course of the story
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flat character

characters as described by the course of their development in a work of literature. Flat characters are two-dimensional in that they are relatively uncomplicated and do not change throughout the course of a work. By contrast, round characters are complex and undergo development, sometimes sufficiently to surprise the reader

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