Table: Means of creating a literary hero

Literary Hero Creation Tool a brief description of Example
Title of the work May indicate the place occupied by the character in the system of images in the work “Hero of Our Time” M. Yu. Lermontov
Epigraph to a literary work May indicate the main character trait of the hero “The Captain’s Daughter”, “Eugene Onegin” by A. Pushkin
Direct author’s characteristic The writer deliberately reveals his attitude towards the hero, characterizing his actions, deeds, giving them his assessment “Onegin is my good friend …” (A. Pushkin)
Hero’s speech Internal monologues, dialogues with other heroes of the work characterize the character, reveal his inclinations, addictions Monologues and dialogues by Chatsky in “Woe from Wit” by A. Griboyedov
Actions, actions of the hero The basis of the narrative of a work of art, which depicts the actions of the characters through which the character of the hero is revealed Onegin’s letter from “Eugene Onegin” by Alexander Pushkin; Pechorin’s rescue of Bela from “A Hero of Our Time” M. Yu. Lermontov
Psychological analysis Detailed recreation of the character’s inner world (feelings, thoughts, emotions); changes in the hero’s inner life play a special role “Crime and Punishment” by F. M. Dostoevsky
Other heroes of the work The relationship of the character with other heroes of the work is shown by the author so that the reader sees the hero not in isolation, but in certain situations, in interaction with different people Pechorin – Maxim Maksimych, Bela, Mary, Werner, Vera, Grushnitsky, smugglers in “A Hero of Our Time” by M. Yu. Lermontov
Hero portrait The image of the hero’s external appearance: his face, figure, clothing, demeanor. Types of portrait: 1) naturalistic (portrait copied from a real person); 2) psychological (through the appearance of the hero, the inner world of the hero, his character is revealed); 3) idealizing or grotesque (spectacular and vivid, replete with metaphors, comparisons, epithets) 1) Master in “The Master and Margarita” by M. A. Bulgakov

2) Pechorin in “A Hero of Our Time” by M. Yu. Lermontov

3) A Pole in the story “Taras Bulba” by N. V. Gogol

Social environment, society The social conditions in which the character lives and acts “Garnet bracelet” A. I. Kuprin
Scenery Reveals the inner feelings of the hero Description of the southern nature conveys Pechorin’s experiences before and after the duel with Grushnitsky in “A Hero of Our Time” by M. Yu. Lermontov
Artistic detail The subject by which the writer characterizes the hero. A vivid artistic detail helps the reader to reveal the peculiarities of the character’s nature Oblomov’s robe in the novel “Oblomov” by I. A. Goncharov
The background of the hero’s life (if any) Description of childhood, adolescence, the formation of the hero as a person helps to deeper reveal the inner world of the character “Oblomov” I. A. Goncharov
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