Alina Starkov’s Character Development in Leigh Bardugo’s Novel Shadow And Bone

  • Ravelyan Yulio Ragatama UIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya
  • Sodikin UIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya
  • Fathur Rohim UIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya
  • Nasikul Mustofa Efendi UIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya
  • Amiq UIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya
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Keywords: New Criticism, Strong, Personality Development


The novel Shadow and Bone tells a woman named Alina Starkov whose life changes after discovering a great power within Alina Starkov, who was once just an ordinary woman, now has to try to become strong to protect her male friend and fight Darkling, who wants to use her power. This study discusses the main character who tries to accept and develop his potential in order to become a strong figure. This study aims to explain the characteristics of Alina Starkov, the influence of Baghra in Alina's personality development, and how Alina fights Darkling. Using new criticism, the results obtained from this study characterization of Alina Starkov are: cowardice, insecure, overthinking, and weak. Baghra was influential in Alina's personality development. The trigger factors for Alina's personality development are Strong Motivation and Significant People. Alina manages to master her powers and becomes a strong female main character to defeat Darkling.