Structure

The short story “Kiss and Tell” by John Sam Jones explores the topic of sexual orientation in the academic environment. The plot follows two characters, a teacher and a student (Dylan and Seimon), and concerns how being gay affects their lives.

Although the story follows a traditional plot (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution), it is also structured in parallel scenes, presenting Dylan and Seimon in parallel.

Title

The title of the short story, “Kiss and Tell” is an idiom which refers to recounting one’s sexual experiences to others. This implies betraying the confidence of one’s partner by sharing the couple’s private experiences with others. This makes readers suspect that the story concerns a betrayal of confidence with regards to intimate matters. After reading the short story, we realise that the title refers to teenager Seimon disclosing to a classmate his sexual fantasi...

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