The Horse Dealer’s Daughter by D.H. Lawrence

In The Horse Dealer’s Daughter by D.H. Lawrence we have the theme of doubt, reliance, connection, desperation, escape and security. Taken from his Selected Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Lawrence may be, at the beginning of the story, exploring the theme of […]

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An Ideal Family by Katherine Mansfield

In An Ideal Family by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of change, trust, appearance, reliance, appreciation and awareness. 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 Mansfield appears to be exploring the theme of change. Through the narrator […]

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A Respectable Woman by Kate Chopin

In A Respectable Woman by Kate Chopin we have the theme of perception, appearance, identity, desire and freedom. Taken from her A Night in Acadie collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Chopin is exploring the theme of perception. Prior to meeting Gouvernail, […]

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Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield

In Her First Ball by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of experience, youth, independence, reliance and gender. 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 Mansfield appears to be exploring the theme of experience (or rather the lack […]

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Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield

In Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of paralysis, loneliness, connection and escape. Taken from her The Garden Party and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after first reading the story the reader realises that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of paralysis. In the opening paragraph […]

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The Egg by Sherwood Anderson

In The Egg by Sherwood Anderson we have the theme of ambition, sacrifice, failure and happiness. Taken from his The Triumph of the Egg collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator who is looking back at a period in his life when he was ten years old and from the beginning of the story and […]

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Spin by Tim O’Brien

Spin - Tim O'Brien

In Spin by Tim O’Brien we have the theme of conflict, memories, acceptance and letting go. Taken from his The Things They Carried collection the story is narrated in the first person by O’Brien (the character) and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that O’Brien (the writer) is exploring the theme of memories. The reader learns about two incidents that […]

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Love by Tim O’Brien

In Love by Tim O’Brien we have the theme of guilt, connection, longing, appearance, trust and letting go. Taken from his The Things They Carried collection the story is narrated in the first person by O’Brien (the character) and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that O’Brien (the writer) may be exploring one of the main themes […]

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Honor by William Faulkner

In Honor by William Faulkner we have the theme of selflessness, dedication, guilt and failure. Taken from his Selected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by a man called Buck Monaghan, a former pilot in WWI and very early on in the story the reader realises that Faulkner may be exploring the theme of failure. Buck is […]

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Red Leaves by William Faulkner

In Red Leaves by William Faulkner we have the theme of corruption, mortality, power and paralysis. Taken from his Selected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after first reading the story the reader realises that Faulkner may be exploring the theme of corruption. For the Chickasaw Indian, the black slaves serve […]

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I Want to Know Why by Sherwood Anderson

In I Want to Know Why by Sherwood Anderson we have the theme of passion, connection, disillusion, confusion, anger, acceptance (or rather the lack of it), innocence and coming of age. Taken from his The Triumph of the Egg collection the story is narrated in the first person by a young, unnamed sixteen year old boy who is looking back […]

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The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

In The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien we have the theme of escape, conflict, guilt, acceptance and responsibility. Taken from his collection of the same name the story is narrated in the third person and after first reading the story the reader becomes aware of the significance of the title of the story. O’Brien (throughout the story) lists all […]

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Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut by J.D. Salinger

In Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut by J.D. Salinger we have the theme of loss, disillusion, youth, insecurity, love and escape. Taken from his Nine Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after first reading the story the reader realises that Salinger may be exploring the theme of escape. There is the fact […]

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A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J.D. Salinger

In A Perfect Day for Bananafish by J.D. Salinger we have the theme of appearance, innocence, materialism and communication. 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 the reader realises that Salinger may be exploring the theme of appearance. As Muriel is waiting […]

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The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

In The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin we have the theme of freedom, independence, marriage and identity. Set in the 1890s the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after first reading the story the reader realises that Chopin is using a lot of symbolism. Though Mrs Mallard has a heart condition (weak […]

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Désirée’s Baby by Kate Chopin

In Désirée’s Baby by Kate Chopin we have the theme of identity, racism, gender and shame. Taken from her Bayou Folk collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after first reading the story the reader realises how important the title of the story is. By associating the baby solely with Désirée and not […]

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The End of Something by Ernest Hemingway

In The End of Something by Ernest Hemingway we have the theme of change, disillusion, commitment, independence and acceptance. 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 the title of the story can refer to either the end of […]

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That Evening Sun by William Faulkner

In That Evening Sun by William Faulkner we have the theme of fear, innocence and inequality. Taken from his Selected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by a young man called Quentin Compson and it is worth noting that the title of the story comes from a W.C. Handy song, popular at the time the […]

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Two Soldiers by William Faulkner

In Two Soldiers by William Faulkner we have the theme of isolation, innocence, determination, connection, loss, change and patriotism. Taken from his Selected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by a young, unnamed eight year old boy. From the beginning of the story Faulkner appears to be exploring the theme of isolation. The narrator and […]

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Dry September by William Faulkner

In Dry September by William Faulkner we have the theme of gossip, rumour, reliability, repression, justice, hypocrisy and prejudice. Taken from his Selected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and very early on in the story the reader realises that Faulkner is exploring what is commonly referred to as the White […]

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Barn Burning by William Faulkner

In Barn Burning by William Faulkner we have the theme of loyalty, conflict, power, control, authority, justice and renewal. Taken from his Selected Short 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 Faulkner is exploring the theme of loyalty and […]

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A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner

In A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner we have the theme of tradition, change, loneliness, acceptance, isolation and letting go. Taken from his Selected Short 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 Faulkner may be exploring the theme of tradition and change. […]

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The Dead by James Joyce

In The Dead by James Joyce we have the theme of mortality, connection, failure, politics, religion and paralysis. Taken from his Dubliners collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and very early on in the story Joyce delves into one of the main themes of the story, the theme of failure. This is first noticeable […]

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