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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

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. […]

Read more

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 […]

Read more

Grace by James Joyce

In Grace by James Joyce we have the theme of alcoholism, redemption, religion and paralysis. Taken from his Dubliners collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader becomes aware that Joyce, through his use of the word Grace for the title of the story, is word playing. The […]

Read more

A Mother by James Joyce

In A Mother by James Joyce we have the theme of stubbornness, frustration, status, appearance and paralysis. Taken from his Dubliners collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and it is after reading the story that the reader realises that Joyce, through his character description of Mrs Kearney at the beginning of the story, may be exploring the theme […]

Read more

Ivy Day in the Committee Room by James Joyce

In Ivy Day in the Committee Room by James Joyce we have the theme of hypocrisy, loyalty, politics 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 loyalty. It is […]

Read more

A Painful Case by James Joyce

In A Painful Case by James Joyce we have the theme of loneliness, isolation, guilt, order 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 the reader realises that Joyce, through the use of colour, is highlighting to the reader how lonely the […]

Read more

Clay by James Joyce

In Clay by James Joyce we have the theme of poverty, conflict, disconnection, escape and paralysis. Taken from his Dubliners collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Joyce, by giving the reader a description of Maria’s daily tasks, may be exploring the theme of paralysis. Maria has a job to […]

Read more

Counterparts by James Joyce

In Counterparts by James Joyce we have the theme of resentment, failure, powerlessness and paralysis. Taken from his Dubliners collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and some readers will recognise that Joyce, through the use of the title of the story, is suggesting to the reader the idea of repetition. The term counterparts […]

Read more

A Little Cloud by James Joyce

In A Little Cloud by James Joyce we have the theme of discontent, frustration, responsibility, resentment, escape 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 the reader gets an idea of exactly how discontent the main character Little Chandler really is. Joyce tells […]

Read more

The Boarding House by James Joyce

In The Boarding House by James Joyce we have the theme of powerlessness, social opinion, paralysis and marriage. Taken from his Dubliners collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and what is interesting about the story is that the reader is given the point of view of two of the main characters in the […]

Read more

Two Gallants by James Joyce

In Two Gallants by James Joyce we have the theme of betrayal, treachery and paralysis. Taken from his Dubliners collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and one of the first things the reader will notice after they have read the story is that Joyce is using irony when it comes to the title […]

Read more

After the Race by James Joyce

In After the Race by James Joyce we have the theme of money, status, class, politics and paralysis. Taken from his Dubliners collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unknown narrator and very early on in the story Joyce appears to be exploring the theme of paralysis. As the cars are at ‘the crest of the hill […]

Read more

Eveline by James Joyce

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 […]

Read more

Araby by James Joyce

In Araby by James Joyce we have the theme of innocence, adventure, escape, desire, frustration and disappointment. Taken from his Dubliners collection the story is a memory piece and is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator who is looking back at an incident that happened when he was younger. It is also very early in the story […]

Read more

An Encounter by James Joyce

In An Encounter by James Joyce we have the theme of escape, failure, paralysis, disaffection, poverty, disappointment, loyalty, education and coming of age. Taken from his Dubliners collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed male who is looking back on an incident from his childhood and after reading the story the reader realises that Joyce […]

Read more

The Sisters by James Joyce

In The Sisters by James Joyce we have the theme of paralysis and freedom. Taken from his Dubliners collection the story is narrated in the first person by an young unnamed boy and after first reading the story the reader realises that Joyce may be exploring the theme of paralysis. There is the obvious fact that Father Flynn has suffered a third stroke, […]

Read more

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson

In The Lottery by Shirley Jackson we have the theme of acceptance, family and tradition. Set in a mall village in New England the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and very early on in the story (the second paragraph) the reader realises that Jackson is using foreshadowing. The stones that the young boys are collecting and […]

Read more

The Enormous Radio by John Cheever

In The Enormous Radio by John Cheever we have the theme of privacy, secrecy, obsession, doubt, change and control. Set in an apartment building in 1940s New York the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed, omniscient narrator and has a suspenseful mood. Cheever succeeding in drawing the reader further into the story, right to the end, […]

Read more

Elephant by Raymond Carver

In Elephant by Raymond Carver we have the theme of acceptance, struggle, security, letting go and dependency. Taken from his Elephant and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story it would appear that Carver is exploring the theme of dependency. The narrator’s brother (Billy) is […]

Read more
1 10 11 12 13 14 15