The Function of Social Acceptance in the Short Stories Kiss Me and The Metaphor

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The Function of Social Acceptance in the Short Stories Kiss Me and The Metaphor The short story Kiss Me by Andrew Pyper and the text The Metaphor by Budge Wilson deal primarily with the motion of social perception. In the literary work Kiss Me, the narrator is an ordinary man until he is the victim of an life changing accident. This accident leaves him disfigured, remorseful, and full of self-pity as he struggles to obtain the regular way life he once knew. The protagonist from The Metaphor is a young student named Charlotte who conflicts by having to choose between fitting in with her peers or befriending her extravagant and unpopular elementary school teacher. By examining how the narrator and Charlotte betray another person in an …show more content…
Finish degrees, work for a while, save, travel, attend other 's weddings, find careers we could live with, children"(Pyper 42). They had their whole life planned out, with ordinary expectations. In society their plans were considered normal, with the majority of young couples looking to achieve similar goals. In the story they were socially normal, they were happy. On the other hand, after the accident their plans for the future changed, they were no longer socially normal and no longer happy. The narrator describes himself as a monster, after the accident. "I am the face you turn from on the street because it 's rude"(Pyper 39). Since he feels not accepted, not normal, he acts in this manner, isolating himself. He believes that someone 'ugly ' cannot be with someone as pretty as Leah. He is afraid of what people would think if they were seen together. Charlotte is also influenced by societal pressures in the same way the narrator is. As a young teen she is trying to find her place in the world and thus wants to be accepted by her peers. Charlotte has the chance at a new school, and she "knew that it was rare and precious opportunity [she] could approach life without being branded with [her] old failures, [her] old drawbacks"(Wilson 187). With the fresh start at a new school, she is exceedingly self aware and will do anything to fit in and to climb the social ladder. She wants high school to be different than elementary

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