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Run-On Sentences

Run-on sentences occur when writers try to combine more than one idea into a single sentence. They cause confusion because readers are not sure when one idea ends and the next one begins. Read our entry and test your knowledge with our quiz!


A character is a representation of a person in a narrative. Characters guide readers through the story and help readers understand the story’s plot and themes. A study of a character is achieved through the characters relationships with other characters in the narrative. Characters may seem flat or round, depending on whether a writer sketches or sculpts them. A flat character has only one outstanding trait or feature. Flat characters tend to stay the same throughout a story. A round character is portrayed in greater depth and in more generous detail. Round characters often change during a story; they learn or become enlightened, grow or deteriorate.

Characterization is the art of creating characters in a narrative. Characterization can be achieved through a character's description, actions, speech, or thoughts.

Characters and Characterization in popular culture: One of the most recognizable characters globally is Mickey Mouse. He is often characterized as a cheerful, yet shy, everyman through his interactions with his friends.

Characters and Characterization in literature: In the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, the main character is Huckleberry Finn. He is a boy in his early teenage years who has a hard time fitting into society. He is characterized, foremost, by his actions throughout the story. He is also characterized through his inner dialogue as a conscientious, good-hearted kid.

Characters and Characterization in general: Michael Jordan has become synonymous with basketball. He is characterized as a supreme athlete who has conquered all obstacles that ever stood in his path.