Indian Summer of an Uncle by P.G. Wodehouse

In Indian Summer of an Uncle by P.G. Wodehouse we have the theme of class, conflict, control, responsibility and escape. Narrated in the first person by a man called Bertram (Bertie) Wooster the reader realises after reading the story that Wodehouse may be exploring the theme of class. Aunt Agatha is a little bit more than disappointed that George intends […]

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The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion by Thomas Hardy

In The Melancholy Hussar of the German Legion by Thomas Hardy we have the theme of selfishness, conflict, commitment, freedom, social opinion, independence and love. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Hardy may be exploring the theme of selfishness. Humphrey throughout the story thinks of nobody but himself. He […]

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Sharmaji by Anjana Appachana

In Sharmaji by Anjana Appachana we have the theme of conflict, tradition, modernity, disillusion and escape. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Appachana may be exploring the theme of conflict. Sharma is late for work and is being questioned by Mahesh. What is interesting about the initial […]

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The Lady’s Maid’s Bell by Edith Wharton

In The Lady’s Maid’s Bell by Edith Wharton we have the theme of jealousy, connection, selfishness, uncertainty, helplessness, isolation, loneliness, respect and loyalty. Narrated in the first person by a woman called Alice Hartley the reader realises after reading the story that Wharton may be exploring the theme of jealousy. Mr Brympton appears to be jealous of his wife’s relationship […]

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The Little Regiment by Stephen Crane

In The Little Regiment by Stephen Crane we have the theme of conflict, love, responsibility, pride, vulnerability and camaraderie. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Crane may be using the setting of the story to explore the theme of conflict. Set during the American Civil War both […]

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A Story of a Wedding Tour by Margaret Oliphant

In A Story of a Wedding Tour by Margaret Oliphant we have the theme of control, insecurity, escape, freedom, independence and responsibility. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Oliphant may be exploring the theme of control. Rosendale does not really love Janey rather he loves how she looks. It […]

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The Middle Years by Henry James

In The Middle Years by Henry James we have the theme of desire, writing, admiration, loyalty, insecurity, confidence and fear. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story the James may be exploring the theme of desire. Despite the successes that Dencombe has had he longs for more success. It is as […]

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Them Others by Stacy Aumonier

In Them Others by Stacy Aumonier we have the theme of loss, connection, hope, suffering and struggle. Narrated using a frame narrative the reader realises after reading the story that Aumonier may be exploring the theme of loss. Mrs Ward fells the loss of Ernie who is missing in action. Her life changes in such a way that she doesn’t […]

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The Copper Beeches by Arthur Conan Doyle

In The Copper Beeches by Arthur Conan Doyle we have the theme of fear, cruelty, unhappiness, greed, desperation and love. Taken from Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes collection of stories the reader realises after reading the story that Doyle may be exploring the theme of fear. Miss Hunter though glad to sacrifice her hair in order to take up a position in […]

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A Warning to the Curious by M.R. James

In A Warning to the Curious by M.R. James we have the theme of curiosity, hopelessness, fear, anxiety, greed and connection. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that James may be exploring the theme of curiosity. Paxton’s downfall appears to be based solely on the curiosity he felt with regard […]

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In the Mountains by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

In In the Mountains by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala we have the theme of connection, contentment, loyalty, acceptance, freedom and independence. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Jhabvala may be exploring the theme of connection. Pritam though she has decided upon isolating herself from city life and life in general […]

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The Furnished Room by O. Henry

In The Furnished Room by O. Henry we have the theme of connection, desperation, love, selfishness, torment and honesty. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Henry may be exploring the theme of connection. The young man who rents the room in Mrs Purdy’s home is desperate to make some […]

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The Shrinking Shoe by Walter Besant

In The Shrinking Shoe by Walter Besant we have the theme of ambition, promise, love, loyalty, uncertainty, hope and commitment. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator that reader realises after reading the story that Besant may be exploring the theme of ambition. Geoffrey though still very young has wasted the last five years of his life seeking […]

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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce

In An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge by Ambrose Bierce we have the theme of conflict, time, freedom, acceptance, escape, commitment, control and reality. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Bierce through the setting of the story may be exploring the theme of conflict. The story itself […]

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Death in the Woods by Sherwood Anderson

In Death in the Woods by Sherwood Anderson we have the theme of endurance, struggle, poverty, connection, isolation, conflict, selfishness and suffering. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed male narrator the reader realises after reading the story that the narrator may not necessarily be reliable. He relates events in his own life and equates them to the life […]

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Stability by Philip K. Dick

In Stability by Philip K. Dick we have the theme of fear, stability, control, power and freedom. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Dick may be exploring the theme of fear. The main priority for the Controller is to ensure that the stability that exists in the world remains. […]

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The Reservoir by Janet Frame

In The Reservoir by Janet Frame we have the theme of innocence, curiosity, fear, connection, freedom and coming of age. Narrated in the first person by a young unnamed girl the reader realises after reading the story that Frame may be exploring the theme of innocence. The narrator and her friends though afraid of the reservoir are somewhat innocent. They […]

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The Man Who Walked on the Moon by J.G. Ballard

In The Man Who Walked on the Moon by J.G. Ballard we have the theme of identity, despair, longing, fraud, escape and freedom. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Ballard may be exploring the theme of identity. Scranton has made a sparse living by pretending to be an astronaut. […]

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A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li

In A Thousand Years of Good Prayers by Yiyun Li we have the theme of friendship, culture, freedom conflict, identity and pride. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Li may be exploring the theme of culture. Baba is somewhat lost while he is staying with his daughter in America. […]

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A Walk to the Jetty by Jamaica Kincaid

In A Walk to the Jetty by Jamaica Kincaid we have the theme of discontent, conflict, fear, separation, independence, memories and honesty. Narrated in the first person by a young seventeen year old girl called Annie John the reader realises after reading the story that Kincaid may be exploring the theme of discontent. Annie is discontent in life. She does […]

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Promenade by Henrietta Rose-Innes

In Promenade by Henrietta Rose-Innes we have the theme of connection, responsibility, guilt, mortality, loneliness and communication. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Rose-Innes may be exploring the theme of connection. Though the narrator does not know the boxer by name. He still feels a connection with him when […]

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The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu

In The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu we have the theme of resentment, connection, culture, identity, prejudice, acceptance, struggle and love. Narrated in the first person by a man called Jack the reader realises after reading the story that Liu may be exploring the theme of resentment. Jack though he has had a happy childhood longs to be like other […]

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Mrs Mahmood by Segun Afolabi

In Mrs Mahmood by Segun Afolabi we have the theme of fear, regret, insecurity, discontent, love, connection and escape. Narrated in the first person by a man called Mr Mahmood the reader realises after reading the story that Afolabi may be exploring the theme of fear. Mr Mahmood though living a comfortable life has fears and regrets from his past. […]

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The Plantation by Ovo Adagha

In The Plantation by Ovo Adagha we have the theme of tradition, modernity, greed, poverty and corruption. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reader the story that Adagha may be exploring the theme of tradition. Namidi spends his day working on his plantation. Something which would be considered a traditional way to earn […]

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Fluke by Romesh Gunesekera

In Fluke by Romesh Gunesekera we have the theme of trust, privacy, conflict, independence and prosperity. Narrated in the first person by a man called Vasabtha the reader realises after reading the story that Gunesekera may be exploring the theme of conflict. Throughout Mr Weerakoon’s journey to the conference centre and when he is in the conference centre there is […]

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