You Are Too Many People!
Updated: Mar 17, 2020
"The difference between a flat and a multidimensional character."
I'm sure television and film enthusiasts could name a number of these characters off the top of their heads.
In fiction typically there's a protagonist, setting, characters, theme, events, rising action, conflict, falling action and a resolution. Most times the writer will develop the protagonist as a humble hero or someone with integrity that the reader will root for. That character almost always has integrity as well.
As with any good fictional story there will be conflict to oppose the goodwill of the protagonist; but that character will be flawed by internal conflicts making it multidimensional.
The antagonist is one sided and relentlessly opposes the protagonist with cruelty and in extreme cases, with violence. This character is one dimensional also known as a flat a character.
However, not every protagonist is multidimensional nor is every antagonist a flat character. Consider and analyze the following characters from a classical film and a classic television show below:
Glinda the Good Witch "The Wizard of Oz," 1939
The Wicked Witch of the West "The Wizard of Oz," 1939
Martin Lawrence "Martin," 1992
Cole "Martin," 1992
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Hmm, protagonists, antagonists, flat characters and multidimensional characters, they all sound like everyday people to me.