Triumph in the Face of Adversity by Kedibone Seku

Triumph in the Face of Adversity - Kedibone Seku

In Triumph in the Face of Adversity by Kedibone Seku we have the theme of hardship, struggle, fear, ambition and opportunity. Narrated in the first person by a young teenage girl called Thulisile the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Seku may be exploring the theme of struggle. Both Thulisile’s parents are dead and what is striking […]

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Fear of Fear by Mulk Raj Anand

Fear of Fear - Mulk Raj Anand

In Fear of Fear by Mulk Raj Anand we have the theme of determination, fear, resentment, independence and cruelty. Taken from his Selected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Anand may be exploring the theme of determination. Dev is determined not to […]

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Small Fry by Anton Chekhov

Small Fry - Anton Chekhov

In Small Fry by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of self-esteem, class, paralysis, struggle, control, hope, confidence and happiness. 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 the reader realises that Chekhov may be exploring the theme of self-esteem. Nevyrazimov has low […]

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A Chameleon by Anton Chekhov

A Chameleon - Anton Chekhov

In A Chameleon by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of identity, control, prejudice, class and corruption. 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 the reader realises that Chekhov may be exploring the theme of identity. No one appears to know who […]

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The Town Week by Robert Lynd

The Town Week - Robert Lynd

In The Town Week by Robert Lynd we have the theme of character, failure, struggle, change and restlessness. Taken from his Specially Selected, Essays of Choice collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Lynd has a preference for Monday. He believes that it is the proper start of the week. Things can be done before they fall into […]

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Such a Sweet Old Lady by Katherine Mansfield

Such a Sweet Old Lady - Katherine Mansfield

In Such a Sweet Old Lady by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of paralysis, unhappiness, gender roles, choice, control, loss and loneliness. Taken from her The Collected Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of paralysis. Mrs […]

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Carnation by Katherine Mansfield

Carnation - Katherine Mansfield

In Carnation by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of boredom, sensuality, control, friendship, desire and temptation. Taken from her Something Childish and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of boredom. Each girl with the exception […]

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An Indiscreet Journey by Katherine Mansfield

An Indiscreet Journey - Katherine Mansfield

In An Indiscreet Journey by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of escape, adventure, excitement, innocence and fear. Taken from her Something Childish and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of escape. The narrator […]

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The Wrong House by Katherine Mansfield

The Wrong House - Katherine Mansfield

In The Wrong House by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of fear, mortality, panic, necessity and gratitude. Taken from her Something Childish and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of fear. Mrs Bean opens up […]

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Violet by Katherine Mansfield

Violet - Katherine Mansfield

In Violet by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of escape, depression, embarrassment, secrecy, trust, fear, uncertainty, connection, guilt and shame. Taken from her Something Childish and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed young woman and after reading the story the reader realises that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of escape. […]

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A Suburban Fairy Tale by Katherine Mansfield

A Suburban Fairy Tale - Katherine Mansfield

In A Suburban Fairy Tale by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of domesticity, commitment, sacrifice, communication, love, happiness, and connection. Taken from her Something Childish and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of domesticity. The […]

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The Luft Bad by Katherine Mansfield

The Luft Bad - Katherine Mansfield

In The Luft Bad by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of shame, appearance, dignity, insecurity, freedom, independence and acceptance. Taken from her In a German Pension collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed woman and after reading the story the reader realises that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of shame. The narrator is […]

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Father and the Girls by Katherine Mansfield

Father and the Girls - Katherine Mansfield

In Father and the Girls by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of fear, paralysis, appearance, class, innocence, conflict and freedom. Taken from her The Collected Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading section one of the story the reader realises that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of fear. […]

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Germans at Meat by Katherine Mansfield

Germans at Meat - Katherine Mansfield

In Germans at Meat by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of obsession, foolishness, conflict, patriotism, equality and tradition. Taken from her In a German Pension collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed woman and the reader realises after reading the story that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of obsession. Every character in the […]

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Susannah by Katherine Mansfield

Susannah - Katherine Mansfield

In Susannah by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of excitement, responsibility, stubbornness, embarrassment, punishment and forgiveness. Taken from her The Collected Stories collection the reader realises after reading the story that Mansfield is giving two versions of the same event. In the first version Susannah is excited and inquisitive about the exhibition. She can’t wait for the day to […]

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A Bad Idea by Katherine Mansfield

A Bad Idea - Katherine Mansfield

In A Bad Idea by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of helplessness, determination, ignorance, selfishness and guilt. Taken from her The Collected Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed man and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of helplessness. The narrator has gotten […]

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Daphne by Katherine Mansfield

Daphne - Katherine Mansfield

In Daphne by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of heartbreak, failure, control, confidence, letting go and love. Taken from her The Collected Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed male narrator and the reader realises after reading the story that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of heartbreak. The narrator loves Daphne however […]

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Bank Holiday by Katherine Mansfield

Bank Holiday - Katherine Mansfield

In Bank Holiday by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of impatience, conflict, perfection, struggle, fear and connection. Taken from her The Garden Party and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Mansfield has managed to walk the reader around the park where […]

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The Gulf by Geraldine McCaughrean

The Gulf - Geraldine McCaughrean

In The Gulf by Geraldine McCaughrean we have the theme of escape, frustration, disappointment, hope, happiness, fear, freedom, gratitude and unselfishness. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that McCaughrean may be exploring the theme of escape. Juan is on the run from his captors. We do not know […]

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The Great Secret by George H. Smith

The Great Secret - George H. Smith

In The Great Secret by George H. Smith we have the theme of blackmail, fear, control, power and secrecy. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Smith is exploring the theme of blackmail. Neither Bolasky nor Waters are able to figure out as to why thirty people are […]

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A Grave Misunderstanding by Leon Garfield

A Grave Misunderstanding - Leon Garfield

In A Grave Misunderstanding by Leon Garfield we have the theme of connection, suspicion, loneliness, loyalty, confusion, fear and paralysis. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed dog the reader realises after reading the story that Garfield may be exploring the theme of connection. The narrator’s owner and the ghost make a connection. It is as though the owner […]

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Voodoo by Fredric Brown

Voodoo - Fredric Brown

In Voodoo by Fredric Brown we have the theme of separation, hate, greed, trust, confidence and freedom. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Brown may be exploring the theme of separation. Both Mr and Mrs Decker’s marriage is over. Yet due to disagreements they are unable to […]

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Life by Bessie Head

Life - Bessie Head

In Life by Bessie Head we have the theme of optimism, freedom, passion, control, murder, patriarchy, pride and independence. Taken from her The Collector of Treasures collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Head may be exploring the theme of optimism. The women […]

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