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'The Kiss' and 'The Fury' are both in the Love Genre. Explore the Similarities and Differences Between These two Short Stories.

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H/W 1/7/02 'The Kiss' and 'The Fury' are both in the Love Genre. Explore the Similarities and Differences Between These two Short Stories. Throughout 'The Fury' and 'The Kiss,' love is expressed in its many different manners, for example, in 'The Kiss.' The types of love are infatuation and teen crush, " I'd idolized Bill Taylor for months." This quotation is straight to the point ands introduces the reader to what or who the story is going to be about. On the other hand, contained anger and jealousy are obvious in 'The Fury,' "[Mrs. Fletcher] resented sharing him." The two titles of the stories contradict each other completely. When you read 'The Kiss,' you imagine it to be full of love and passion, however, 'The Fury' sounds full of loathing and not about marriage. The narration of the two stories show a contrast in the way the reader reads them. 'The Kiss' is narrated in first person, whereas 'The Fury' is written in the omniscient person. ...read more.

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This immediately brings the reader to thinking that maybe Mr. Fletcher tends to stray from his wife, therefore, she has to "defend her rights with vigor." In contrast, the relationship between Bill and the narrator in 'The Kiss' is more like a crush, as, at first, Bill "didn't choose" the narrator to be his dance partner, however, towards the end, they "kissed the night away." Looking deeper into this story, I have come to think that maybe Bill was bored at the party, knew that the narrator was besotted with him, so that was why he went over to her in the fist place. The opening paragraphs to the stories are quite similar. They both talk about a male from a female's point of view. However, 'The Kiss' focuses more on the positive aspects of Bill, but 'The Fury' shows us how angry Mrs. Fletcher gets with her husband. The narrator in 'The Kiss' talks about how she "idolized" Bill, on the other hand, Mrs. ...read more.

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In contrast, 'The Kiss' associates the clothes of the characters with their personalities. The way that the narrator repeats the "green cord jacket" that Bill wears, could mean that during the time that this story was written, the jacket and that "curls [that] rippled over his head like waves," were at that height of fashion, therefore, making Bill look cool and tough. In addition to this, "a strange man" is described as wearing " little round glasses and a pale blue tee-shirt," which brings the stereotypical reader to imagine that he is a school nerd, however, other people might see him as a clever and honest person. I enjoyed both the stories, as they differed in many ways, yet they were very similar. I thought that the way that 'The Kiss' symbolized a person with his or her clothes was very effective as is a different and original way of describing characters, and what increased the tension in 'The Fury' was the twist at the end of the story, as you don't really think about what Mrs. Fletcher does during the day. Rebecca Fry 9.4 ...read more.

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