Last one :)
What's the difference between major and minor characters?
Not a whole lot.
- The main character contains the story conflict; the major characters contain a good bit of it, too. Minor characters don't; they trigger the conflict in others.
- Major characters have more room to breathe and develop--they don't have to go from A directly to B; they can go from A to drunk to Timbucktoo to B (kicking and screaming). Minor characters have simple internal conflicts, if any.
- Minor characters might make choices; major characters (as a part of the story conflict) must make choices.
- Minor characters can make one mistake (think horror movie); major characters can (and should) make lots.
Shakespeare never could have conveyed that without his minor characters (Falstaff, anyone? The gravedigger in Hamlet? The acting troupe in Midsummers?).