The Romance of a Busy Broker by O. Henry

The Romance of a Busy Broker - O. Henry

In The Romance of a Busy Broker by O. Henry we have the theme of love, conflict, control and gender roles. Taken from his Selected Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Henry may be exploring the theme of love. Maxwell is very much […]

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The Dream by O. Henry

The Dream - O. Henry

In The Dream by O. Henry we have the theme of indifference, fear, escape, acceptance and jealousy. Taken from his Selected Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Henry may be exploring the theme of indifference. For the position Murray finds himself […]

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The School for Sympathy by E.V. Lucas

The School for Sympathy - E.V. Lucas

In The School for Sympathy by E.V. Lucas we have the theme of thoughtfulness, appreciation, equality, sympathy and humanity. Taken from his A Choice of Essays collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Lucas may be exploring the theme of thoughtfulness. Each child is given a role to play on a daily basis. Some are blind, lame or […]

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Masterji by Ruskin Bond

Masteryi - Ruskin Bond

In Masterji by Ruskin Bond we have the theme of respect, compassion, corruption, fraud, kindness and acceptance. Taken from his Collected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Bond may be exploring the theme of respect. There is no doubting that the narrator […]

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The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

The Little Match Girl - Hans Christian Anderson

In The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen we have the theme of hope, struggle, loneliness, resilience, control and longing. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Andersen may be exploring the theme of hope. The Little Match girl is forced to sell matches for her father regardless of […]

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Patriotism and Sport by G.K. Chesterton

Patriotism and Sport - G.K. Chesterton

In Patriotism and Sport by G.K. Chesterton we have the theme of ignorance, individualism, patriotism and elitism. Taken from his All Things Considered collection the reader realises from the beginning of the essay that Chesterton may be exploring the theme of ignorance. By having newspapers link patriotism to sport Chesterton feels those in power are being ignorant and irresponsible. He […]

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On Doing Nothing by J.B. Priestley

On Doing Nothing - J.B. Priestley

In On Doing Nothing by J.B. Priestley we have the theme of peace of mind, laziness, envy, desire and very early on in the essay the reader realises that Priestley may be exploring the theme of peace of mind. Priestley while on the moors with his friend finds a sense of calmness and peace of mind. Something that he does […]

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The Worship of the Wealthy by G.K. Chesterton

The Worship of the Wealthy - G.K. Chesterton

In The Worship of the Wealthy by G.K. Chesterton we have the theme of flattery. Taken from his All Things Considered collection the reader realises from the beginning of the essay that Chesterton is exploring the theme of flattery and his hesitancy to give flattery to those who are wealthy. Chesterton also feels as though journalists go to extremes when […]

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Tryst with Destiny by Jawaharlal Nehru

Tryst with Destiny - Jawaharlal Nehru

In Tryst with Destiny by Jawaharlal Nehru we have the theme of freedom, power, independence, struggle, hope and commitment. Taken from The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Speeches the reader realises from the beginning of the speech that Nehru may be exploring the theme of freedom. India has broken away from British rule and now stands as a nation of […]

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The Riot by Khushwant Singh

In The Riot by Khushwant Singh we have the theme of fear, hostility, religion, control, conflict and change. Taken from his The Portrait of a Lady and Other Stories collection the reader realises from the setting of the story that Singh is exploring the theme of fear. People are afraid to leave their homes at night. It is as though […]

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On Waking Up by A.G. Gardiner

In On Waking Up by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of sleep, control, happiness, contentment and change. Taken from his Windfalls collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of sleep. For Gardiner there is no better time than just having woken from sleep. Man is calm and refreshed and ready to […]

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Chief Seattle’s Speech

In Chief Seattle’s Speech we have the theme of friendship, control, religion, trust and acceptance. Taken from the original Seattle Sunday Star article the reader realises from the beginning of the speech that Chief Seattle comes in peace or friendship towards the white man. He knows of the atrocities that have been caused between both the Native Americans and the […]

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The Cobbler and the Machine by Mulk Raj Anand

In The Cobbler and the Machine by Mulk Raj Anand we have the theme of tradition, gratitude, modernity, enthusiasm, poverty and guilt. Taken from his Selected Short stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Anand may be exploring the theme of tradition. […]

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On Getting Off to Sleep by J.B. Priestley

In On Getting Off to Sleep by J.B. Priestley we have the theme of insomnia, irritation, restlessness, ignorance, arrogance and sympathy. Taken from his Papers from Lilliput collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Priestley may be exploring the theme of insomnia. Throughout the essay Priestley finds difficulty in sleeping. No matter what he tries to do. He […]

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The Machine That Won the War by Isaac Asimov

In The Machine That Won the War by Isaac Asimov we have the theme of doubt, reliability, trust, chance, responsibility, independence and self-importance. Taken from his Nightfall and Other Stories collection the reader realises after reading the story that Asimov may be exploring the theme of doubt. All three men in the story (Swift, Henderson and Jablonsky) have or had […]

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The Story of Muhammad Din by Rudyard Kipling

In The Story of Muhammad Din by Rudyard Kipling we have the theme of mortality, generosity, authority, conformity, freedom and independence. Taken from his Plain Tales from the Hills collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed man and after reading the story the reader realises that Kipling may be exploring the theme of mortality. Muhammad […]

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The Untold Lie by Sherwood Anderson

In The Untold Lie by Sherwood Anderson we have the theme of marriage, responsibility, commitment, happiness, freedom, fear, acceptance, selfishness, control and regret. Taken from his Winesburg, Ohio collection the reader realises after reading the story that Anderson may be exploring the theme of marriage. Hal is in trouble having gotten Nell pregnant. He is also unsure as to whether […]

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Of Revenge by Francis Bacon

In Of Revenge by Francis Bacon we have the theme of morality, letting go, control, acceptance and selfishness. Taken from his The Essays collection the reader realises from the beginning of the essay that Bacon is against the act of revenge. He considers it to be morally wrong and not of the spirit of man. It is better to live […]

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Of Studies by Francis Bacon

In Of Studies by Francis Bacon we have the theme of education, knowledge and balance. Taken from his The Essays collection the reader realises from the beginning of the essay that Bacon believes that studying has three benefits. Firstly some people study for delight or personal use. To humour themselves while at the same time not imposing their knowledge on […]

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On Smiles by A.G. Gardiner

In On Smiles by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of happiness, trust, change and appearance. Taken from his Many Furrows collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of happiness or rather the happiness one receives from seeing another person smile. For Gardiner there is also a difference between a natural smile […]

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On the Rule of the Road by A.G. Gardiner

In On the Rule of the Road by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of liberty, frustration, equality and control. Taken from his Leaves in the Wind collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of liberty, both personal and social. Gardiner finds it difficult when an individual’s personal liberty impinges on the […]

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Tight Corners by E.V. Lucas

In Tight Corners by E.V. Lucas we have the theme of struggle, risk, self-importance, appearance and good fortune. Taken from his Giving and Receiving collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Lucas may be exploring the theme of struggle. The narrator knows that he does not have the money to buy the Daubigny but he hopes that by […]

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A Funeral by E.V. Lucas

In A Funeral by E.V. Lucas we have the theme of friendship, respect, generosity, acceptance and loss. Taken from his A Little of Everything collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Lucas may be exploring the theme of friendship. Lucas speaks highly of his friend (who is unnamed) and there is a sense that there will be a […]

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On Superstitions by A.G. Gardiner

In the essay On Superstitions by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of fear, control, superstition, logic, tradition, insecurity and escape. Taken from his Alpha of the Plough Second Series collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of fear. Man has a fear of the unknown and to alleviate this fear he […]

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On the Pleasures of No Longer Being Very Young by G.K. Chesterton

In the essay On the Pleasures of no Longer being Very Young by G.K. Chesterton we have the theme of youth, maturity, innocence, conflict and happiness. Taken from his All is Grist collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Chesterton may be exploring the differences between youth and maturity. A young person may not necessarily have the same […]

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