Where Have All the Muscular Christians Gone?: Understanding Characterization
Lesson objective: to uncover the work writers do to convey a sense of character and to
apply that knowledge to a deeper understanding of a work.
Background: Students will previously have watched Chariots of Fire and submitted a
300 word reﬂection on the ﬁlm to the class blog.
Total estimated time: 45 minutes
Class assignment underway: essay that requires the application of theory to interpret
Part 1: Divide into pairs. According to the instructions I give you, prepare a list of
adjectives and character traits that describe either Eric or Harold. Then contribute your
work to a class discussion, defending your opinion if it differs from that of your
Part 2: With your partner, identify the role your assigned character played in Chariots of
Fire. Consider his goals and his identity in making your determination. Then share and
discuss your conclusions with the class.
Part 3: Now that we’ve discussed Eric and Harold’s characterizations and roles, take ten
minutes to write down your reasoning as to why the writers of Chariots of Fire would
made the characterization and role choices they did. Remember to consider the themes
and plot of the ﬁlm in making your response. Then share your thoughts with the class.
Download: Biology Pre-Draft Characterization (PDF)