Goodbye, My Brother by John Cheever

In Goodbye, My Brother by John Cheever we have the theme of paralysis, separation, letting go, change, acceptance and denial. Taken from his Collected Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by a thirty something year old man (whose surname is Pommeroy) and after reading the story the reader realises that he may not be a reliable narrator. Throughout the […]

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Separating by John Updike

In Separating by John Updike we have the theme of struggle, confusion, conflict, acceptance and separation. Taken from his The Early 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 Updike may be exploring not only the theme of separation but the theme of conflict […]

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The First Seven Years by Bernard Malamud

In The First Seven Years by Bernard Malamud we have the theme of desire, love, insecurity, conflict, independence, appearance and change. Taken from his The Complete Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Malamud may be exploring the theme of desire and insecurity. Feld […]

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A & P by John Updike

In A & P by John Updike we have the theme of desire, change, conformity, rebellion, liberation and consumerism. Taken from his The Early Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by a young nineteen year old boy called Sammy and after reading the story the reader realises that Updike may be exploring the theme of desire. Though […]

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The Jilting of Granny Weatherall by Katherine Anne Porter

In The Jilting of Granny Weatherall by Katherine Anne Porter we have the theme of loss, regret, rejection, acceptance, letting go, perseverance, paralysis and denial. Taken from her Flowering Judas and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator however there does appear to be sections of the story which are written using […]

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A Worn Path by Eudora Welty

In A Worn Path by Eudora Welty we have the theme of struggle, sacrifice, determination, perseverance, selflessness and love. Taken from her A Curtain of Green 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 Welty may be using the setting of the story to explore […]

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A Cup of Tea by Katherine Mansfield

In A Cup of Tea by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of jealousy, insecurity, materialism and class. 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 or rather the differences […]

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The Fly by Katherine Mansfield

In The Fly by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of control, ignorance, sacrifice, responsibility and war. 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 using the setting of the story (the Boss’ office) […]

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A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell

In A Jury of Her Peers by Susan Glaspell we have the theme of connection, inequality, independence, control and oppression. Taken from her collection of the same name the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Glaspell may be exploring the theme of connection. On several occasions […]

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The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

In The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman we have the theme of control, freedom and powerlessness. Taken from her collection of the same name the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed female narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Gilman may be exploring the theme of control. Throughout the story the narrator appears to be under […]

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The Storm by Kate Chopin

In The Storm by Kate Chopin we have the theme of liberation, freedom, passion and sexuality. Set in the late nineteenth century the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises how important the setting of the story is. In many ways the storm mirrors the passionate encounter between […]

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Bernice Bobs Her Hair by F. Scott Fitzgerald

In Bernice Bobs Her Hair by F. Scott Fitzgerald we have the theme of identity, acceptance, popularity, betrayal, jealousy and rejection. Taken from his The Short Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Fitzgerald may be exploring the theme of […]

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The Kiss by Kate Chopin

In The Kiss by Kate Chopin we have the theme of passion, money, choices, reliance, independence and acceptance. Taken from her The Kiss and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises how significant the opening line of the story is. Chopin tells the reader ‘It was […]

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Teddy by J.D. Salinger

In Teddy by J.D. Salinger we have the theme of dysfunction, acceptance, materialism and spirituality. Taken from his Nine Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader suspects that Salinger may be exploring the theme of dysfunction. Teddy’s parents appear to have a loveless marriage, something that […]

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De Daumier-Smith’s Blue Period by J.D. Salinger

In De Daumier-Smith’s Blue Period by J.D. Salinger we have the theme of loneliness, isolation, identity, misrepresentation, reinvention, connection and escape. Taken from his Nine Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by a young man called Jean De Daumier-Smith, or at least that is the name that the narrator calls himself by. The fact that the […]

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Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes by J.D. Salinger

In Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes by J.D. Salinger we have the theme of conflict, honesty, deception, betrayal and paralysis. Taken from his Nine Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader suspects that Salinger is exploring the theme of conflict. Throughout Arthur’s conversation with Lee, Arthur […]

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For Esmé—with Love and Squalor by J.D. Salinger

In For Esmé—with Love and Squalor by J.D. Salinger we have the theme of ignorance, alienation, loneliness, hope and recovery. Taken from his Nine Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by a man (and former soldier) named only as Sergeant X. However it is worth noting that there is a shift in the narration of the story […]

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Down at the Dinghy by J.D. Salinger

In Down at the Dinghy by J.D. Salinger we have the theme of acceptance, innocence, sensitivity, escape, connection and racism (or anti-Semitism). Taken from his Nine 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 Salinger is exploring the theme of […]

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The Laughing Man by J.D. Salinger

In The Laughing Man by J.D. Salinger we have the theme of innocence, escape, change and coming of age. Taken from his Nine Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator, who is looking back at a period of his life when he was nine years old. The story itself is a frame narrative […]

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Just Before the War with the Eskimos by J.D. Salinger

In Just Before the War with the Eskimos by J.D. Salinger we have the theme of rejection, alienation, connection and change. Taken from his Nine Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Salinger may be exploring the theme of rejection. Franklin never made it […]

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The Voyage by Katherine Mansfield

In The Voyage by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of innocence, responsibility, change and moving on. Taken from her The Garden Party and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and it would appear that the narrator’s point of view, mirrors that of the main protagonist in the story, Fenella. What is also […]

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Life of Ma Parker by Katherine Mansfield

In Life of Ma Parker by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of struggle, hardship, acceptance, escape (lack of it) and letting go. Taken from her The Garden Party 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 […]

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Hands by Sherwood Anderson

In Hands by Sherwood Anderson we have the theme of isolation, loneliness, alienation, fear, freedom and connection. Taken from his Winesburg, Ohio collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and very early on in the story the reader realises that Anderson may be exploring the theme of isolation and loneliness. Wing lives alone and […]

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