Rejection by Mariama Bâ

Rejection - Mariama Bâ

In Rejection by Mariama Bâ we have the theme of abuse, gender inequality, control, blame, rejection, acceptance, freedom and anger. Narrated in the form of an epistolary narrative the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Bâ may be exploring the theme of abuse. Modou’s relationship with Binetou is inappropriate (going by western standards) and if anything Modou […]

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Mercury by D.H. Lawrence

Mercury - D.H. Lawrence

In Mercury by D.H. Lawrence we have the theme of paralysis, desire, selfishness, individualism and fear. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Lawrence may be exploring the theme of paralysis. None of the crowd on top of Merkur do anything of interest. It is as though they are paralysed […]

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The Crow by Charles Mungoshi

The Crow - Charles Mungoshi

In The Crow by Charles Mungoshi we have the theme of obsession, fear, brutality, control and relief. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed young boy it becomes clear to the reader after reading the story that Mungoshi may be exploring the theme of obsession. Both the narrator and Chiko are obsessed with killing the crow. If anything they […]

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The Story of Nosente by Nosente of Umgqwashe

The Story of Nosente - Nosente of Umgqwashe

In The Story of Nosente by Nosente of Umgqwashe we have the theme of marriage, acceptance, control and change. Narrated in the first person by an elderly woman called Nosente the story is translated by Monica Hunter and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Nosente may be exploring the theme of marriage. Nosente is not allowed […]

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Deportation at Breakfast by Larry Fondation

Deportation at Breakfast - Larry Fondation

In Deportation at Breakfast by Larry Fondation we have the theme of conflict, uncertainty, change and identity. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Fondation may be exploring the theme of conflict. There is a sense that the narrator is in conflict with himself. He is uncertain as to what […]

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Bread by Margaret Atwood

In Bread by Margaret Atwood we have the theme of perception, connection, control, greed and change. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Atwood may be exploring the theme of perception and change. It is as though by her continued use of the word ‘imagine’ in each paragraph that Atwood […]

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Forbidden Love by Can Themba

In Forbidden Love by Can Themba we have the theme of fear, love, apartheid, hypocrisy, defiance and acceptance. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Themba may be exploring the theme of fear. Dora’s family live their life in fear. An irrational fear of having any involvement with […]

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A Bag of Sweets by Agnes Sam

In A Bag of Sweets by Agnes Sam we have the theme of change, animosity, bitterness, letting go and connection. Narrated in the first person by a young woman called Kaltoum who is incurring difficulties with the arrival of her sister back in the village. Khadija married a Christian man much to the annoyance of each member of her family […]

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Class Act by Namhla Tshisana

In Class Act by Namhla Tshisana we have the theme of acceptance, connection, appearance, insecurity, conflict, bullying and identity. Narrated in the first person by a young twelve year old girl the reader realises after reading the story that Tshisana may be exploring the theme of bullying. The narrator is having a difficult time in school due to her appearance […]

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In Another Country by Ernest Hemingway

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In Another Country by Ernest Hemingway we have the theme of insecurity, alienation, struggle and connection. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator though many critics do believe that the narrator is Nick Adams. A character found in some of Hemingway’s other stories. What is also interesting […]

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The Test by Njabulo Ndebele

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In The Test by Njabulo Ndebele we have the theme of isolation, independence, connection, insecurity, confusion, tension, control and identity. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Ndebele may be exploring the theme of isolation. Thoba doesn’t follow the lead of the other boys when he is playing […]

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The New Tribe by Buchi Emecheta

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In The New Tribe by Buchi Emecheta we have the theme of change, love, insecurity, identity and acceptance. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Emecheta may be exploring the theme of change and love. Life changes dramatically for the Arlingtons when Julia arrives at their doorstep. Ginny […]

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The Wind and a Boy by Bessie Head

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In The Wind and a Boy by Bessie Head we have the theme of gender roles, pride, loyalty, change and modernity. 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 gender […]

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Transforming Moments by Gcina Mhlophe

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In Transforming Moments by Gcina Mhlophe we have the theme of insecurity, confidence, isolation, independence, identity, acceptance and change. Narrated in the first person it becomes clear to the reader from the beginning of the story that Mhlophe may be exploring the theme of insecurity and confidence. The narrator is worried about her self-image even going as far as describing […]

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The Last Breath by Sam Kahiga

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In The Last Breath by Sam Kahiga we have the theme of conflict, control, selflessness, sacrifice, love, gratitude and change. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Kahiga might be exploring the theme of conflict and love. The narrator is very much in love with Eva however his […]

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The Fur Coat by Sean O’Faolain

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In The Fur Coat by Sean O’Faolain we have the theme of desire, aspiration, appearance, change and identity. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that O’Faolain may be exploring the theme of desire. Molly strongly wants to get the fur coat. She believes that she will be properly dressed should […]

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Next Door by Kurt Vonnegut

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In Next Door by Kurt Vonnegut we have the theme of conflict, appearance, guilt, innocence and coming of age. Taken from his Welcome to the Monkey House collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Vonnegut may be exploring the theme of conflict. Paul’s […]

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A Chip of Glass Ruby by Nadine Gordimer

In A Chip of Glass Ruby by Nadine Gordimer we have the theme of sacrifice, prejudice, selfishness, justice, commitment and apartheid. Set in South Africa the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Gordimer may be exploring the theme of sacrifice. Mrs Bamjee throughout the story is […]

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Village People by Bessie Head

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In Village People by Bessie Head we have the theme of poverty, conflict, kindness, struggle, acceptance, desperation and connection. Taken from her Tales of Tenderness and Power collection the story is narrated by several different narrators and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Head may be exploring the theme of poverty and acceptance. It is obvious that the […]

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The Doll’s House by Katherine Mansfield

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In The Doll’s House by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of class, prejudice, connection, hope, appearance and equality. Taken from her The Doves’ Nest 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 class. The Burnell […]

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Eveline by James Joyce

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In Eveline by James Joyce we have the theme of memory, responsibility, decisions, conflict, escape, guilt, paralysis and letting go (or rather the inability to let go). Taken from his Dubliners collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unknown narrator and from the opening lines of the story it is apparent that Joyce is delving into […]

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