character study

character study
1. : analysis or portrayal in literature of the traits of character of an individual
a. : a brief narrative or sketch devoted primarily to character study
b. : a realistic portrait in one of the plastic arts or in photography typically of an anonymous sitter whose face or figure reveals strong personality or character traits

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a work of fiction in which the delineation of the central character's personality is more important than the plot.

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character study,
a representation or description of character in a story, sketch, play, book, motion picture, or the like: »

... weakened as a character study by oversimplification and dialogue that is too dramatically weak (Punch).

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