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Shvoong Home>Books>Novels & Novellas>"The Kiss" - character analysis Review

"The Kiss" - character analysis

Book Review   by:Smash334     Original Author: Kate Chopin
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Kate Chopin “The Kiss” – character’s analysis “The Kiss” by Kate Chopin is about a women, Nathalie and two men, Harvy and Brantain, both interested in her. In turn, Nathalie loves Harvy, but also wants wealth, which could be given by Brantain. She plans to marry him, but at the same time, to still have Harvy’s love. Once, when she is talking with Brantain, Harvy comes in and kisses her ardently. Brantain, who is really embarrassed by this situation, goes out. Then, Nathalie shouts on Harvy and he claims, that he didn’t see her companion. Next day, she goes to Brantain and lies to him, that she really cares for him and that she and Harvy are like brother and sister. Eventually, she marries Brantain, but looses Harvy. In "The Kiss" we find a picture of relations between three different characters. Nathalie is intelligent, crafty and shrewd. She carefully plans, how to achieve her aims. She can also act, pretend and also use her charm. She is able to make Brantain believe in her lies about her and Harvy, although he clearly saw, that their kiss was not at all like the brother's and sister's kiss. She is determined and ruthless in achieving her aims - she uses lies and tries to manipulate people. But, she also overestimates her skills. She believes, that Harvy is so enchanted by her, that, even when she marries Brantain, he will love her. Nathalie tries to manipulate two men. She succeeds, as far as Brantain is concerned.
Brantain is naive and has a weak character. He believes everything Nathalie tells him, for example about her and Harvy, and doesn't see that she needs him only, because of his money. Brantain is guileless, frank and shy. He can't hide his feelings towards Nathalie, although he fears to tell her about them. In turn, Harvy, unlike Brantain, doesn't let Nathalie manipulate him. Although Brantain believed that his attitude to her was brotherly, he refuses to go steady with her anymore. He is not at all naive. He sees what's going on between Nathalie and Brantain. He says, that situation, when he kissed Nathalie in Brantain’s presence, was unavoidable. Perhaps, he even provoked that misadventure, in order to make Nathalie finally decide, whether she prefers him or Brantain. She is important to him, but at the same time, he doesn't want to be manipulated. “The Kiss” shows a relation between three different characters. One of them, Nathalie, tries to manipulate and use the other two. She succeeds in case of Brantain, but Harvy is not so naive. Nathalie wanted to have both love and wealth, each from another man. It appeared, that it was unachievable.
Published: November 17, 2007   
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