What is the character's function with regard to the plot? Is the character positive or negative? If you codify the character's function as positive, would you say his or her role is: (1) heroic, (2) charitable or altruistic, (3) friendly or helping, (4) competent, or (5) other? If negative, is the character (a) malevolent, (b) greedy or selfish, (c) foolish, (d) incompetent, or (e) other?
If the character represents a combination of functions, what are these?
Is the character victimized? Who victimizes the character? How is the character victimized?
Does the character attempt or commit a crime? What type of crime? How serious is the crime?
Does the character use controlled substances? What is used and how often is it used?
Does the character have sex? Or is the character said to have sex? If so, what kind of sex? extramarital? premarital, homosexual, other?
What are the character's goal(s)? How are these goals attained? through legal or illegal means? through sex, money, personal charm, embarrassment, other people, intelligence?
What motives does the character have for his or her actions?
What is the interaction between the characters?
How do you feel about the characters and why?
In filling out the exercises, assume that you are writing to, or talking with, a friend who has not seen this film or program. See the notes at the end of each exercise for definitions and further directions.