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Anger is a killing thing: it kills the man who angers, for each rage leaves him less than he had been before–it takes something from him.” ~Louis L’amour
According to Webster’s Dictionary, anger is: “a feeling of displeasure and hostility resulting from injury, mistreatment, opposition, etc.”
Synonyms include: animosity, annoyance, antagonism, exasperation, fury, hatred, indignation, ire, rage, and violence.
Even with a brief look at quotes, definitions and synonyms, it’s easy to see that anger has many sides. There’s a big difference between someone who is annoyed and someone enraged.
So how do we write anger to show these differences?
The easy way out is to tell: “Jim was angry.” Ho-hum.
The next easy way out is to express anger in tired cliches: mad as an old wet hen, mad as a hornet, etc. Double ho-hum.
Even when using body language and facial expression, it’s easy to fall back on tried and true phrases: yelling, slamming doors, pounding fists, lips drawn into a thin line (one of the big hangups in my own writing).
With anger, other emotions often come into play, as the definition and synonyms above suggest.
Discussion Question #1: What other emotions do you see as being part of anger?