The Special One by Bessie Head

In The Special One by Bessie Head we have the theme of injustice, inequality, letting go, patriarchy, abandonment, gossip and happiness. Taken from her The Collector of Treasures collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed male narrator and the reader realizes from the beginning of the story that Head may […]

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Witchcraft by Bessie Head

In Witchcraft by Bessie Head we have the theme of destruction, jealousy, fear, inequality, poverty, resilience and patriarchy. 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 realizes that Head may be exploring the theme […]

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The Teacher Who Changed My Life by Nicholas Gage

In The Teacher Who Changed My Life by Nicholas Gage we have the theme of struggle, conflict, freedom, hostility, inspiration, hard-work, acceptance and pride. Narrated in the first person by Gage himself the reader realizes from the beginning of the story that Gage may be exploring the theme of struggle. Gage and his siblings have […]

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Scared by Anthony Horowitz

In Scared by Anthony Horowitz we have the theme of isolation, bullying, bribery, selfishness, struggle and hate. Taken from his collection of the same name it becomes clear to the reader after reading the story that Horowitz may be exploring the theme of isolation. Pye Hall is isolated from everywhere else and Gary doesn’t like […]

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The Oval Portrait by Edgar Allan Poe

In The Oval Portrait by Edgar Allan Poe we have the theme of art, reality, creativity, selfishness and obsession. Taken from his Poetry and Tales collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realizes that Poe may be exploring the theme of reality. […]

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The Wish by Roald Dahl

In The Wish by Roald Dahl we have the theme of imagination, innocence, freedom and fear. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the reader realizes from the beginning of the story that Dahl may be exploring the theme of imagination. The young boy believes that by dodging the black and red parts of […]

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Changes by Mahatma Gandhi

In Changes by Mahatma Gandhi we have the theme of guilt, economics, lifestyle, happiness, change and acceptance. Taken from his The Story of My Experiments with Truth collection the reader realizes after reading the essay that Gandhi may be exploring the theme of guilt. While living in England Gandhi has lived the life of a […]

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Lederhosen by Haruki Murakami

In Lederhosen by Haruki Murakami we have the theme of uncertainty, infidelity, loss, separation, freedom and acceptance. Taken from his The Elephant Vanishes collection the story is partially narrated in the first person by an unnamed man and after reading the story the reader realizes that Murakami may be exploring the theme of uncertainty. Despite […]

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The Coachman’s Son by R.K. Narayan

In The Coachman’s Son by R.K Narayan we have the theme of desperation, desire, deceit, innocence, revenge, loyalty and fear. Taken from his Swami and Friends collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realizes that Narayan may be exploring the theme of […]

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Four Rupees by R.K. Narayan

In Four Rupees by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of uncertainty, confidence, reliance, poverty, bravery, control and contentment. Taken from his Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realizes that Narayan may […]

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What Happened by Austin Clarke

In What Happened by Austin Clarke we have the theme of racism, love, friendship, education, idealism, realism and anger. Taken from his When He Was Free and Young and He Used to Wear Silks collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realizes […]

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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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