After looking at all the different study guides, we’ve concluded that these guides are not helpful for understanding character analysis. Many leave out helpful information that students need to fully understand the specific character in any meaningful way, and they all promote shallow, limited understanding of complex characters. This leads to misinterpretation and a limited view of the character, with the many possible readings that many characters invite downplayed if not outright ignored. While study guides such as these can be useful for acquiring a general, cursory knowledge of a work, anyone seeking to do in-depth analysis of a character or a text should most certainly look elsewhere for information.