Blankets by Alex la Guma

In Blankets by Alex la Guma we have the theme of poverty, inequality, deprivation, apartheid, control and paralysis. Taken from his A Walk in the Night and Other Stories collection the story is narrated, by way of flashbacks, in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realizes that […]

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All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury

In All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury we have the theme of jealousy, bullying, isolation, colonization, acceptance and pride. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realizes after reading the story the Bradbury may be exploring the theme of jealousy. Margot is the only person in her class who […]

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Little Brother by Bruce Holland Rogers

In Little Brother by Bruce Holland Rogers we have the theme of longing, struggle, control, consumerism, materialism and innocence. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realizes from the beginning of the story that Rogers may be exploring the theme of longing. For as long as he can remember Peter has […]

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The Jam by Henry Slesar

In The Jam by Henry Slesar we have the theme of addiction, struggle, friendship, loyalty, control and responsibility. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realizes from the beginning of the story that Slesar may be exploring the theme of addiction. The reason Stukey is driving so fast and erratic is […]

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Rain by Richard Rive

In Rain by Richard Rive we have the theme of love, betrayal, selfishness, innocence, hope, desperation and compassion. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator it becomes clear to the reader after reading the story that Rive may be exploring the theme of love. Siena is desperate to find Joseph. She has heard […]

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Grisha by Anton Chekhov

In Grisha by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of innocence, patriarchy, control and fear. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story it becomes clear to the reader that Chekhov may be exploring the theme of innocence. […]

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On Being Tidy by A.G. Gardiner

In On Being Tidy by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of change, order, tidiness and happiness. Taken from his Windfalls collection the reader realizes after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of change. Gardiner finds it difficult to change from being untidy to tidy. Though he tidies up his desk […]

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Scenes From a Family Christmas by Benjamin Law

In Scenes From a Family Christmas by Benjamin Law we have the theme of contentment, acceptance, appearance, confusion, innocence and disappointment. Taken from his The Family Law collection the story is narrated in the first person by Law himself and from the beginning of the story the reader realizes that Law may be exploring the […]

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Wrecking Ball by Benjamin Law

In Wrecking Ball by Benjamin Law we have the theme of memories, appearance, acceptance, racism, struggle, letting go and moving on. Taken from his The Family Law collection the story is narrated in the first person by Law himself and from the beginning of the story the reader realizes that Law may be exploring the […]

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A Talk Among Leisured People by Leo Tolstoy

In A Talk Among Leisured People by Leo Tolstoy we have the theme of dissatisfaction, desire, change, honesty, ideals and suffering. Taken from his Walk in the Light collection the reader realizes from the beginning of the story that Tolstoy may be exploring the theme of dissatisfaction. None of those in attendance are happy with […]

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Nostalgia by C.A. Davids

In Nostalgia by C.A. Davids we have the theme of abuse, bitterness, selfishness, letting go, ignorance, paralysis and acceptance. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realizes after reading the story that Davids may be exploring the theme of abuse (sexual). Ella has been abused by her father when she was […]

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Queer by Sherwood Anderson

In Queer by Sherwood Anderson we have the theme of privacy, paranoia, anger, uncertainty, control, fear and freedom. Taken from his Winesburg, Ohio collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realizes that Anderson may be exploring the theme of privacy. […]

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Disappearing by Monica Wood

In Disappearing by Monica Wood we have the theme of confidence, insecurity, obsession, acceptance, pride, change and control. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed woman the reader realizes after reading the story that Wood may be exploring the theme of confidence. The narrator is overweight and very conscious of it. In fact she […]

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It Used to be Green Once by Patricia Grace

In It Used to be Green Once by Patricia Grace we have the theme of shame, appearance, poverty, pride, good fortune and change. The story itself is a memory piece and is narrated in the first person by a woman who recalls events from her childhood and from the beginning of the story it is […]

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The Silence by Haruki Murakami

In The Silence by Haruki Murakami we have the theme of letting go, fear, anger, rivalry, forgiveness and acceptance. Taken from his The Elephant Vanishes collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realizes that Murakami may be exploring the theme of letting […]

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Going for Bread by Patricia Grace

In Going for Bread by Patricia Grace we have the theme of fear, bullying, ignorance, anger, racism, conflict, struggle and love. Narrated in the third person by an unknown narrator the reader realizes from the beginning of the story that Grace may be exploring the theme of fear.  Mereana is afraid to walk down the […]

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Neighbours by Tim Winton

In Neighbours by Tim Winton we have the theme of prejudice, acceptance and culture. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realizes from the beginning of the story that Winton may be exploring the theme of prejudice. The young couple are uncertain of their neighbours, at first not liking them because […]

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A Pair of Tickets by Amy Tan

In A Pair of Tickets by Amy Tan we have the theme of belonging, heritage, identity, letting go, connection and hope. Taken from her The Joy Luck Club collection the story is narrated in the first person by a woman called Jing-Mei Woo (June) and from the beginning of the story the reader realizes that […]

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Best Quality by Amy Tan

In Best Quality by Amy Tan we have the theme of self-worth, humiliation, confidence, sacrifice, selflessness and acceptance. Taken from her The Joy Luck Club collection the story is narrated in the first person by a woman called Jing-Mei Woo (June) and after reading the story the reader realizes that Tan may be exploring the […]

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