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Kyle Rice2002 promtEvery individual goes through an embarrassing moment at least once in their life In the passage from Kiss and Tell by Alain de Botton embarrassment and comity takes its affect on a young woman by the named Isabel Trying to enjoy her night out Isabel discovers that her parents are attending the same theater as her boyfriend and herself launching into a multitude of complaints de Botton includes dialogue in contrast with tone throughout the novel to portray the comical theme of the novel de Botton also uses word choice and point of view to portray comedy throughout the novel in light of the seriousness of the situation The most obvious comical effect throughout the novel is displayed through dialogue Where did you get that dress Its very nice pity you dont have more of a cleavage for it is one of the main hysterical comments that comes from the mother The author uses this phrase as a mechanism to throw the reader off because it is not a common phrase that an individual would hear coming from a parent The quote forces reader to stop and re-read to truly make light of the comedy that really happens de Botton also throws in phrases such as the father asking How are you bean to reference a childhood nickname used between the daughter and the parents This showcases the true embarrassing features of the parents through their public display of personal family qualities Another comical theme present throughout the novel is tone and word choice displayed through each of the characters The author also makes the situation very relatable to the average persons own life When writing quotes like And hes about to sneeze while in a silent room de Botton reveals the purpose for creating a piece with entertaining tone Individuals apprehend the awkward situation like the uncontrollable urge to sneeze in a quiet setting while also relating to Isabels unfortunate association The
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