There are two kinds of characters in a story, the flat and the round character.

The flat character is one who doesn’t change throughout the course of the story. The character stays the same from the beginning to the end; flat.

The round character on the other hand is one that goes through a series of changes in the story. As the story progresses, the character evolves and changes from what it was to something new.

Most characters in many stories are round. Particularly in coming-of-age stories. And these characters are naturally endearing to the reader.

The flat characters are more difficult to love, and the reader can find it hard to relate with because it is not entirely in human nature to remain flat and unchanging.

However, flat characters do not only exist in literature. There are a good number of flat characters as there are round characters. It’s only logical that there are, since literature is supposed to be an expression of reality.

So which are you? Flat or round? Open to change and evolve or static in your ways and beliefs?


Author: Aderonke Adeleke

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