J.M. Barrie and the Kiss

Through the reference to setting, body language, a character’s internal thoughts and feelings as well as other things I think an author is able to adapt the attitudes of the reader towards the actual kiss itself. Personally, I think the lead up to the kiss and the feelings afterward are more useful in helping the feelings of a character to develop. However, the physical kiss may be a turning point in the plot of the novel.

By focussing on the idea that a “kiss is a lovely trick to stop speech when words become superfluous” I think that it conjures the idea of an animated conversation leading to a romantic and passionate kiss. Despite this image, I also think that many of the extracts apply to this statement to varying extents but perhaps don’t conform to the ideal image. The formal awkward feeling of extract one doesn’t conform to the idea that is initially conjured up from the statement, as words are highly important in the extract because there is no conventional physical kiss.

J.M. Barrie’s use of verbs to illustrate feelings allow the reader to understand the relationship and balance of power between the characters. Additionally I think the use of verbs also shows how the balance of power changes after the “kiss”: for example Wendy before is presented as being confident and in control through the use of the verb “declared” which creates a sense of surety. In comparison after she gives Peter a kiss Barrie doesn’t use a verb to show her feelings instead he uses the noun- “slight primness”, I think this is significant because it shows Wendy’s shyness whilst also portraying her class and clear-cut character.

In comparison the extract from Gone With The Wind is much more fast paced with much less dialogue which you could take the view eliminates the awkwardness which is presented through dialogue. Despite this I think the extract presents a different kind of awkwardness, the power imbalance doesn’t create a f…

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