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Intertextuality The difference between short stories and novels extends far beyond the obvious Short stories are often read in a single sitting and can be defined as a brief version of logical events usually revolving about a singular plot Whilst a novel may retain many of the characteristics of a short story the format builds upon these basic ideas and concepts expanding on themes and extending the plot and shaping the story through complicated interaction between characters The process of comparing two texts is known as Intertextuality By studying the novel To kill a mocking Bird Authored by Harper Lee and contrasting this with the short story A blow A kiss written by Tim Winton The most pronounced section at the start of any story is character development The story A blow A kiss opens with Albie and his father travelling home from a fishing expedition in the front of a truck Albie refers to his fathers warmth and smell as being enough to subdue their earlier bad luck Immediately a strong bond is realised between Father and son Other than this the only other clues to the identities of this pair is the references to Albies mother and the eventual evolution of their rural surroundings In the novel To kill a mockingbird Harper Lee has adopted a style most novels are written in The story opens with Scout reflecting on events of the past referring to developments in the story which are yet to occur To kill a mocking bird Is divided into two sections The first is almost entirely devoted to the development of characters Scout describes in vivid detail every thought look or sign of attitude that another character may be associated with These vivid descriptions set Harper Lees novel apart from the short story Whilst A blow A kiss relies on the reader to fill in the blanks from a stereotypical analysis of the father and son based on
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