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Importance of Good Character in School
by Ron Kurtus (revised 24 May 2012)
Great people are usually judged by their character. Make sure that your character is great. Having good character means that you have such admirable traits as honesty, responsibility and courage.
It is beneficial for you to have good character. Being honorable and honest in the work you do and in your relations with others are essential in your life. Having an honorable character also provides you with personal benefits and can enhance your grades.
Questions you may have include:
- What does having character mean?
- What are the benefits to a student?
- How does a student show character?
This lesson will answer those questions.
What character is
"Character" is sort of a catch-all word that describes your characteristic traits. If someone says you have character, it usually means that you are honorable and honest, have integrity, are courageous, and are reliable and responsible.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are students who lie, cheat, or steal. They may also be lazy, unreliable or inconsiderate of others. Some are cowards.
Quite a character
The phrase "He (or she) is quite a character" usually refers to an extreme or unique personality. You can be considered quite a character if you dress and act in your own unique manner that is different than almost everyone else. You can be quite a character but still have good character by being honest, reliable and determined.
Good character important
It is obvious that honesty and integrity are important. The same is true for reliability and other forms of character, such as being courageous or brave. You should be ethical and conscientious in your work. This is especially important when working on a team.
Having an honorable character is a natural progression from being healthy, skilled, excellent and valuable in school.
Being a student of good character is important in your relationship with your teachers and other students, as well as your own self-worth.
If you are known as an honest and honorable student, as well as a person who is reliable and responsible, you will be respected by those with whom you deal. Fellow students, teachers and your parents will trust you, know they can depend on you, and want you involved in their activities.
People don't like to deal with someone who lies, steals or is lazy. Even your best friend can be turned off by such behavior.
Esteem and virtues
Another important factor is that the honorable student has a greater self-esteem. You feel good about yourself. Finally, there is the religious aspect of having the virtues of honesty, morality and ethics.
You should take care of yourself to insure that you have good character. Your actions determine what people think of you and establish your reputation. They also determine how others will respond to what you do and say.
The way to have good character is to always make sure that you are honest, honorable and forthright. Make sure there is no implication of dishonesty in any form.
You should also seek to be considerate of others and conscientious in your work. This doesn't mean that you need to be perfect, but it does mean that you are trying to be someone of high character.
Finally, being courageous enough to take a stand to help those in need or trying something new builds character.
You need to be honest and reliable. You need to be responsible and courageous. Your reputation affects how people deal with you. Having good character results in respect from others and greater self-esteem. Having character requires a constant effort.
Always do the right thing
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I think characters are the most important part of a story, because without believable characters nothing else will hold together.
One of my favourite characters ever doesn’t even have a name, because she doesn’t need one. In Daphne du Maurier’s book Rebecca, the female lead’s name is never revealed to us. We come to know her as the second Mrs De Winter, but nothing more than that. That’s because her character is dependent on her being overshadowed by Maximillian De Winter’s first wife Rebecca, the story depends on us never really knowing her by her name, but by her character and her paranoia surrounding the dead wife of her bitter husband. It’s intrinsic to the story.
You can do all kinds of things when you are trying to create a believable character: you can make list after list, you can write yourself a template questionnaire which you answer for every character you make. It’s important to know your character, though. I’ve been known to catfish to develop a character, so I will make an online profile for them and then join a social media platform and interact with other people as the character. Funnily enough, you get to know your character more when other people are asking you questions, because they are things you wouldn’t necessarily think of when looking at the development yourself. This may seem unethical, and it probably is, but it has worked for me in the past. Of course, you have to be a very good storyteller and a very quick thinker.
Another thing I do is get photos of celebrities, because sometimes you have so many characters that it’s hard to hold them in your head. I put their picture on the wall with a note-card and a small bio, what their motivations are and what they are looking to achieve by the end of the story. By midway through a story I have plenty of images to keep my head together and focus on who is who. Nailing your character’s appearance is a huge part of moving forward – for me, at least – and having a vision of an actual person in your head definitely makes a difference to me.
How does your character interact with others? Are they friendly, obtuse, slutty, defensive? How? Learning that is a huge stepping stone.
What does your character want? Everyone wants something – I want something, I don’t just drift through life as a bit part to someone else’s story – even your smaller characters have motivations, hopes, desires and dreams. Obviously if your character only has a small part to play you may not want to spend too long thinking about it, but think about it nonetheless.
Perfect characters are boring, as are characters that get everything they want all the time, or lucky people. We want to see our heroes work for it, we want them to struggle and bleed for their redemption. Make your characters flawed. Everyone has flaws – I know I do. Everyone encounters obstacles in life, it’s hard to like people who don’t, and more importantly it’s hard to relate to people who don’t. We need to see our characters learn and grow. We need to be able to relate to them.
Dialogue is a topic unto itself but for the most part people speak differently. It’s a good way to distinguish characters from each other; some may talk a lot, some may be constantly sarcastic or mean, some may even be highly political or militant. There are so many ways to define character with dialogue, it’s just another tool in your arsenal. Don’t just rely on wordy descriptions of your character, show the audience who they are by what they say and do.
Most of all it’s important to give your characters dimension. Go people watching: make up stories for people you see in the street; sit in a café somewhere and observe what others do, the differences in the way they speak. Observe people. Think about your favourite characters in books or films and what it was that made them great; see if you can recreate that for your audience.
© 2015 Katerina Diamond
Katerina is the author of the Sunday Times bestselling crime thriller ‘The Teacher’ and number 1 Kindle bestselling novel ‘The Secret’.