|Source||Silva Rhetoricae (http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/Silva.htm); Rutil. 2.7; Isidore 2.21.40; Sherry (1550) 66; Ad Herennium ("character delineation") (387-395); Hill (1883) ("character"); Johnson (1903) ("character")|
|Synonyms||description of character, character|
1. The description of a person's character. If this is restricted to the body, this is effictio; if restricted to a person's habits, this is ethopoeia. Characterismus is a kind of enargia (principally when describing physical attributes). (Silva Rhetoricae)
2. Character Delineation consists in describing a person's character by the definite signs which, like distinctive marks, are attributes of that character (Ad Herennium)
3. 2. Inward Principles.
3. 3. Concrete Form.
3. 4. Environment.
4. Character.—There is a common and unnecessary use of this word (like the redundant use of "situated "), which appears to have arisen from a failure to distinguish what may be required in a question from what may be required in an answer. (Johnson, 57)
1. He is a monster both in mind and in body; whatever part of mind or body you consider, you will find a monster ) quivery head, rabid eyes, a dragon's gape, the visage of a Fury, distended belly, hands like talons ready to tear, feet distorted, in short, view his entire physical shape and what else does it all present but a monster? Observe that tongue, observe that wild beast's roar, and you will name it a monstrosity; probe his mind, you will find a horror; weigh his character, scrutinize his life, you will find all monstrous; and, not to pursue every point in detail, through and through he is nothing but a monster.
4. Thus, "Question—What is the character of the soil? Answer—It is of a clayey character." In the answer the word character is absolutely useless. The answer should be, "It is clayey." This clumsy use of character has become not only frequent but habitual. A country editor writes in his paper, "A rain so copious as to be soaking in its character fell on Tuesday." Prescott, in the preface to his Conquest of Peru, writes: "To the materials derived from these sources I have added some manuscripts
|Related Figures||Figures of Description, enargia, effictio, ethopoeia|
|Last Editor||Ioanna Malton|