Kittens by Dean Koontz

I denne study guide kan du få hjælp til at analysere novellen "Kittens" af Dean Koontz. Udover analysehjælpen kan du finde et summary af teksten samt idéer til fortolkning og perspektivering. 

Denne analysehjælp er baseret på den version af novellen, som findes i novellesamlingen Strange Highways (1995).

Præsentation af teksten

Titel: Kittens (1966) 
Forfatter:
Dean Koontz
Genre: Short story

Dean Ray Koontz (1945) er en amerikansk forfatter. Han har skrevet romaner, noveller og graphic novels, både under eget navn og diverse pseudonymer. Hans værker strækker sig over mange forskellige genrer, men han er især kendt for at skrive spændingsromaner, horror og science fiction. 

“Kittens” var den første novelle, som Koontz fik udgivet. 

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Title

The title of Dean Koontz’s short story “Kittens” raises certain expectations in the reader. Firstly, we assume the story will include kittens at some point. The title could also bring about false expectations. The word “kittens” suggests something playful and innocent, so readers could mistakenly assume they are about to read an amusing story with a happy ending. 

Kittens are first mentioned in the story when the main character, Marnie, remembers the kittens from a year before the current events, which, her parents told her, “had gone to Heaven” (p. 420, l.7). As the story progresses, our expectations about its tone and its ending are shown to be false. In this way, the title tricks the reader, and the outcome of the story is very dark. This is also shown in Marnie’s character. At first, she seems to be an innocent, ordinary child, but the ending reveals that there is a very dark side to her personality.

However, the title could also be seen as symbolic. The kittens could be considered a symbol of innocence, and this could be tied to the children in the story – especially to Marnie, but also to her two younger siblings. In this way, the act of the father drowning the kittens is symbolic of him killing the innocence of his daughter –thus leading her to commit a terrible act.

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