Characterization of Kay and Bob

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Kay is the main character and narrator of Cynthia Forder’s short story “The Dragon”. Since she and Bob talk about college admissions, we can assume that they are their final year of high school, which makes them around 17-18 years old.

Kay seems to be an indecisive teenager who has not yet come of age, physically or mentally. There are many clues to why Kay is still immature and not willing to perceive the real world as it actually is. First, she has the illusion that Bob is in love with her and reacts childishly when she finds out this is not the truth. She can be characterized as a teenage girl who is not yet mature enough to be able to have an honest conversation about her true feelings. Bob also points this out, which might suggest that Kay is inde...

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