Bud, Not Buddy Character Traits

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Instructor: Mary Evans

Mary has taught elementary school for six years and has a master's degree in education.

Just like real people, book characters can have very different personalities. That's what makes them interesting! In this lesson, you'll learn how to study the thoughts, feelings, and actions of characters to identify their traits in the book 'Bud, Not Buddy.'

What Are Character Traits?

Character traits are features that describe an individual's personality, or character. Have you ever read a book and gotten really strong feelings about the characters? Maybe you wanted to jump right into the story and save one character who was struggling. Or maybe you wanted to yell at a character who was mean. That's because, whether you know it or not, you were paying attention to the traits these characters displayed. You learned about them by paying attention to what they said, thought, and did - just like you get to know the people around you.

Bud's Character Traits

In Christopher Paul Curtis' children's novel, Bud, Not Buddy, we could describe the protagonist, Bud, as being brave. In Chapter 2, the Amoses throw Bud into their shed for beating up Todd. The shed is a scary place, but Bud faces his fear and eventually fights his way out. He's brave again in Chapter 9 when he decides to walk all alone from Flint to Grand Rapids. He's also brave in Chapter 12 when he finally introduces himself to Herman E. Calloway even though he's unsure about what will happen.

Bud is also perceptive. This means he's good at observing things that happen in the world around him and figuring things out based on what he sees. His ''Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself'' show us something Bud has noticed about the way people (mostly adults) behave. Bud's rules also show that he's clever and resourceful because he has figured out how he'd like to respond to those situations in order to help himself.

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