by Adam Huddleston
This week’s literary device is the static character. A static character is one that experiences no arc throughout the story. Their motivations and personalities remain the same from beginning to end. This is not to say that a static character is also a “flat” character. Flat characters are one dimensional. A static character can be fleshed out as much as the author wishes.
Some examples of static characters are: Scar in “The Lion King”, Draco Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” series, and Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird”. They remain constant throughout their tales and often are employed to aid the protagonist or antagonist in their pursuits.
Hopefully, the use of static characters will help you in your craft. Happy writing!