Letter of Characterization

Dear Mr. Schroeder and Mr. Sostak,

Today I will be answering a question for my book Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran. So the question is: What details or words helped you to understand the personality of this character? Well so basically for example, there was this one character who was Marie Antoinette’s daughter who was sometimes called Madame Royale. Marie Grosholtz, the protagonist, describes her by saying, “It’s hard for me to imagine to imagine Madame Royale wearing anything but a scowl,”. This quote helps us understand that the 11-year-old daughter of Marie Antoinette is a bitter little girl. Also, Marie Grosholtz’s older brother’s wife, Abrielle, is seen as a shy girl with the quote: “Abrielle peeks around the workshop door. I’m reminded of a little mouse.” This quote tells us that she’s a tiny person and a frightful one. So basically, details and words like “scowl on her face” or “little mouse” tell us about these character by making us think about them and it does tell instead of show.

-Jenny Song