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Hamilton, Essential Literary Terms (112-149) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

"In depicting characters, authors use methods of either showing or telling."

I have always been told that you should show, don't tell, when writing anything. I know that I should do this, but I never had a good grasp on what it means to "show". Thanks to Hamilton, showing is presenting characters' words and actions without commentary. Every author seems to use this method of showing nowadays.

I can see why all modern literature is "shown", not told. Telling just seems boring to me. By having the author tell us everything, he/she just relies on words to let the reader relate to the characters. This seems impossible to me.


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