The Pounding Room by Bentley Little

The Pounding Room - Bentley Little

In The Pounding Room by Bentley Little we have the theme of fear, uncertainty, curiosity, trust and letting go. Narrated in the first person by a man called Charles Nichols it becomes clear to the reader after reading the story that Little may be exploring the theme of fear. Charles is afraid of the environment he finds himself in. This […]

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Talent by Anton Chekhov

Talent - Anton Chekhov

In Talent by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of freedom, love, happiness, selfishness, struggle, innocence, escape and failure. Taken from his Collected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and the reader realises after reading the story that Chekhov may be exploring the theme of freedom. Yegor has fanciful ideas about […]

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Sixpence by Katherine Mansfield

Sixpence - Katherine Mansfield

In Sixpence by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of freedom, control, bravery, forgiveness, guilt and uncertainty. Taken from her Something Childish 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 realises that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of freedom. Dicky, though his […]

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Widowed by Katherine Mansfield

Widowed - Katherine Mansfield

In Widowed by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of love, loss, acceptance, happiness, freedom and simplicity. Taken from her The Collected Stories collection the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of love. Geraldine is very much in love with Jimmie. In many simple ways she admires him to the point […]

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A Man and His Dog by Katherine Mansfield

A Man and His Dog - Katherine Mansfield

In A Man and His Dog by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of appearance, acceptance and satisfaction. Taken from her The Collected 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 Mansfield may be exploring the theme of appearance. For the first paragraph […]

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All Serene by Katherine Mansfield

All Serene - Katherine Mansfield

In All Serene by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of appearance, doubt, trust, insecurity, escape, acceptance and freedom. Taken from her The Collected Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story it becomes clear to the reader that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of appearance. […]

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Drink by Sherwood Anderson

Drink - Sherwood Anderson

In Drink by Sherwood Anderson we have the theme of struggle, helplessness, perseverance, love and coming of age. 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 realises that Anderson may be exploring the theme of struggle and helplessness. Tom’s grandmother has […]

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This Flower by Katherine Mansfield

This Flower - Katherine Mansfield

In This Flower by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of love, perception, secrecy and ambition. Taken from her Something Childish and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and the reader realises after reading the story that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of secrecy. Roy and his lady friend are […]

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Late at Night by Katherine Mansfield

Late at Night - Katherine Mansfield

In Late at Night by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of pride, love, insecurity, class and acceptance. Taken from her Something Childish and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by a woman called Virginia and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of pride. The […]

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The Black Cap by Katherine Mansfield

The Black Cap b- Katherine Mansfield

In The Black Cap by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of appearance, boredom, adultery, class, paralysis and love. Taken from her Something Childish and Other Stories collection the reader realises after reading the story that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of appearance. The lady does not like her lover wearing his black cap. If anything her perception of […]

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The Tractor and the Corn Goddess by Mulk Raj Anand

The Tractor and the Corn Goddess - Mulk Raj Anand

In The Tractor and the Corn Goddess by Mulk Raj Anand we have the theme of self-importance, generosity, failure, responsibility, modernity, change and suspicion. Taken from his The Tractor and the Corn Goddess 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 […]

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The Richer, The Poorer by Dorothy West

The Richer, The Poorer - Dorothy West

In The Richer, The Poorer by Dorothy West we have the theme of money, selfishness, awareness and change. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator it becomes clear to the reader after reading the story that West is exploring the theme of money. Lottie lives her life in order to save. She may consider herself to be frugal […]

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Our Christmas Reunion by Edward Chinhanhu

Our Christmas Reunion - Edward Chinhanhu

In Our Christmas Reunion by Edward Chinhanhu we have the theme of love, respect, connection, friendship, innocence and AIDS. Narrated in the first person by a young boy called Tawanda the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Chinhanhu may be exploring the theme of love. Tawanda is preparing a goat for his brother’s arrival. He is excited […]

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One More Dead Body by Kartar Singh Duggal

One More Dead Body - Kartar Singh Duggal

In One More Dead Body by Kartar Singh Duggal we have the theme of hopes, aspirations, infidelity, shame, trust and fear. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator it becomes clear to the reader from the being of the story that Duggal may be exploring the theme of hopes and aspiration. Malkani wishes to live in the Rawal […]

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The Most Potent Medicine of All by Ruskin Bond

The Most Potent Medicine of All - Ruskin Bond

In The Most Potent Medicine of All by Ruskin Bond we have the theme of dedication, sacrifice, trust, compassion, desperation and love. Taken from his Collected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Bond may be exploring the theme of dedication. Wang’s wife […]

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The Story of Madhu by Ruskin Bond

The Story of Madhu - Ruskin Bond

In The Story of Madhu by Ruskin Bond we have the theme of friendship, connection, innocence, loss, loneliness 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 friendship. The narrator despite the […]

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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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