Only the Dead Know Brooklyn by Thomas Wolfe

Only the Dead Know Brooklyn - Thomas Wolfe

In Only the Dead Know Brooklyn by Thomas Wolfe we have the theme of connection, conflict, self-importance and identity. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Wolfe may be exploring the theme of connection or rather the lack […]

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Playing the English Gentleman by Mahatma Gandhi

Playing the English Gentleman - Mahatma Gandhi

In Playing the English Gentleman by Mahatma Gandhi we have the theme of identity, acceptance, change, perception and tradition. Taken from his autobiography The Story of My Experiments with Truth the reader realises after reading the essay that Gandhi may be exploring the theme of identity. There is a sense that Gandhi while a student in England wishes to fit […]

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On Finding Things by E.V. Lucas

On Finding Things - E.V. Lucas

In On Finding Things by E.V. Lucas we have the theme of happiness, good fortune, enthusiasm and deception. Taken from his Adventures and Enthusiasms collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Lucas may be exploring the theme of happiness. Lucas finds great joy in finding things. Particularly things that cannot be traced back to their owner. Things like […]

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On Writing an Article by A.G. Gardiner

On Writing an Article - A.G. Gardiner

In On Writing an Article by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of indecision, habit, confusion and insecurity. Taken from his Pebbles on the Shore collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of indecision. Gardiner is unable to pick a subject to write an article on. The problem isn’t that he can’t […]

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A Night’s Lodging by A.G. Gardiner

A Night’s Lodging - A.G. Gardiner

In A Night’s Lodging by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of struggle, dedication, enthusiasm, respect and frustration. Taken from his Many Furrows collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of struggle. Gardiner spends his entire evening trying to make himself comfortable in bed. No matter what he does (to the pillows […]

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The Bird by Leo Tolstoy

The Bird - Leo Tolstoy

In The Bird by Leo Tolstoy we have the theme of control, freedom, selfishness, responsibility and change. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Tolstoy may be exploring the theme of control. Serozha wants to use his gift from his uncle to control the lives of the birds that he […]

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The Dead Man by Horacio Quiroga

The Dead Man - Horacio Quiroga

In The Dead Man by Horacio Quiroga we have the theme of acceptance, mortality, fear, loneliness, helplessness and connection. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Quiroga may be exploring the theme of acceptance. The man lying by the wire fence has difficulty accepting that he is dying. His mind […]

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The Tunnel by Ruskin Bond

The Tunnel - Ruskin Bond

In The Tunnel by Ruskin Bond we have the theme of curiosity, friendship, dedication, innocence, care and respect. Taken from his Collected Short 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 Bond may be exploring the theme of curiosity. Ranji is a young […]

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Continuity of Parks by Julio Cortázar

In The Continuity of Parks by Julio Cortázar we have the theme of escape, responsibility, love, greed and betrayal. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Cortázar may be exploring the theme of escape. The owner of the estate is keen to finish off the novel he is […]

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One of These Days by Gabriel García Márquez

One of These Days - Gabriel García Márquez

In One of These Days by Gabriel García Márquez we have the theme of corruption, conflict, power and revenge. Taken from his Collected Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Márquez may be exploring the theme of corruption. The Mayor is unable to differentiate […]

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Reflections in a Cell by Mafika Gwala

Reflections in a Cell - Mafika Gwala

In Reflections in a Cell by Mafika Gwala we have the theme of frustration, brutality, honesty, trust, delinquency and independence. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Gwala may be exploring the theme of frustration. There is a sense that the narrator feels frustrated with both life outside […]

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On Approval by Saki (H.H. Munro)

On Approval - Saki

In On Approval by Saki we have the theme of struggle, change, jealousy and loneliness. Taken from his The Complete Short 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 Saki may be exploring the theme of struggle. Knopfschrank struggles to sell any of […]

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The Catbird Seat by James Thurber

The Catbird Seat - James Thurber

In The Catbird Seat by James Thurber we have the theme of resentment, change, dependency and gender roles. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Martin has a resentment towards Mrs Barrows. Something which some critics might feel is justified considering that Mrs Barrows is intent on making […]

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The Romance of a Busy Broker by O. Henry

The Romance of a Busy Broker - O. Henry

In The Romance of a Busy Broker by O. Henry we have the theme of love, conflict, control and gender roles. 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 Henry may be exploring the theme of love. Maxwell is very much […]

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The Dream by O. Henry

The Dream - O. Henry

In The Dream by O. Henry we have the theme of indifference, fear, escape, acceptance and jealousy. Taken from his Selected 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 Henry may be exploring the theme of indifference. For the position Murray finds himself […]

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The School for Sympathy by E.V. Lucas

The School for Sympathy - E.V. Lucas

In The School for Sympathy by E.V. Lucas we have the theme of thoughtfulness, appreciation, equality, sympathy and humanity. Taken from his A Choice of Essays collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Lucas may be exploring the theme of thoughtfulness. Each child is given a role to play on a daily basis. Some are blind, lame or […]

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Masterji by Ruskin Bond

Masteryi - Ruskin Bond

In Masterji by Ruskin Bond we have the theme of respect, compassion, corruption, fraud, kindness and acceptance. Taken from his Collected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Bond may be exploring the theme of respect. There is no doubting that the narrator […]

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The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

The Little Match Girl - Hans Christian Anderson

In The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen we have the theme of hope, struggle, loneliness, resilience, control and longing. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Andersen may be exploring the theme of hope. The Little Match girl is forced to sell matches for her father regardless of […]

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Patriotism and Sport by G.K. Chesterton

Patriotism and Sport - G.K. Chesterton

In Patriotism and Sport by G.K. Chesterton we have the theme of ignorance, individualism, patriotism and elitism. Taken from his All Things Considered collection the reader realises from the beginning of the essay that Chesterton may be exploring the theme of ignorance. By having newspapers link patriotism to sport Chesterton feels those in power are being ignorant and irresponsible. He […]

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On Doing Nothing by J.B. Priestley

On Doing Nothing - J.B. Priestley

In On Doing Nothing by J.B. Priestley we have the theme of peace of mind, laziness, envy, desire and very early on in the essay the reader realises that Priestley may be exploring the theme of peace of mind. Priestley while on the moors with his friend finds a sense of calmness and peace of mind. Something that he does […]

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The Worship of the Wealthy by G.K. Chesterton

The Worship of the Wealthy - G.K. Chesterton

In The Worship of the Wealthy by G.K. Chesterton we have the theme of flattery. Taken from his All Things Considered collection the reader realises from the beginning of the essay that Chesterton is exploring the theme of flattery and his hesitancy to give flattery to those who are wealthy. Chesterton also feels as though journalists go to extremes when […]

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Tryst with Destiny by Jawaharlal Nehru

Tryst with Destiny - Jawaharlal Nehru

In Tryst with Destiny by Jawaharlal Nehru we have the theme of freedom, power, independence, struggle, hope and commitment. Taken from The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Speeches the reader realises from the beginning of the speech that Nehru may be exploring the theme of freedom. India has broken away from British rule and now stands as a nation of […]

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The Riot by Khushwant Singh

In The Riot by Khushwant Singh we have the theme of fear, hostility, religion, control, conflict and change. Taken from his The Portrait of a Lady and Other Stories collection the reader realises from the setting of the story that Singh is exploring the theme of fear. People are afraid to leave their homes at night. It is as though […]

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