After reading "The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant" and completing the indirect characterization worksheet (You need to get this worksheet before attempting the essay!), students use this guide to write an essay analyzing a character. They choose one from the worksheet I mentioned earlier. (The one you need to buy:)
This guide is step-by-step. When I use it in my classroom, the students NEVER tell me they don't know how to begin, or they don't know what to write!
You can easily adapt this guide to any novel, stories!