The Model by Bernard Malamud

In The Model by Bernard Malamud we have the theme of identity, insecurity, loneliness, connection, loss and paralysis. 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 loneliness. Mr Elihu lives on his own. […]

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The Doctor’s Word by R.K. Narayan

In The Doctor’s Word by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of honesty, friendship, uncertainty, letting go, fear, connection, trust, compassion and conflict. Taken from his An Astrologer’s Day 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 Narayan may be exploring the theme […]

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The Invalid’s Story by Mark Twain

In The Invalid’s Story by Mark Twain we have the theme of responsibility, imagination, inexperience, innocence, confusion and appearance. 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 Twain may be exploring the theme of confusion. The narrator for the […]

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Kid Playboy by Casey Motsisi

In Kid Playboy by Casey Motsisi we have the theme of appearance, loss, suffering, responsibility, trust, fear, selfishness and anger. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Motsisi may be exploring the theme of loss. Several of the characters in the story have lost something. The narrator has lost his […]

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Unto Dust by Herman Charles Bosman

In Unto Dust by Herman Charles Bosman we have the theme of mortality, war, equality, meaning and loyalty. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator the reader soon realises after reading the story that Bosman may be exploiting the theme of mortality. There are several deaths in the story and each one leaves the narrator thinking differently about […]

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The Love Potion by Herman Charles Bosman

In The Love Potion by Herman Charles Bosman we have the theme of tradition, love, hope, happiness and fear. Taken from his Mafeking Road and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by a male narrator called Oom Schalk Lourens and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Bosman may be exploring the […]

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Regret by Guy de Maupassant

In Regret by Guy de Maupassant we have the theme of love, acceptance, loneliness, paralysis, uncertainty, letting go and regret. Taken from his Selected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that de Maupassant may be exploring the theme of love. Savel despite the […]

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Witches’ Loaves by O. Henry

In Witches’ Loaves by O. Henry we have the theme of loneliness, escape, independence, connection, desperation, love, defeat and embarrassment. 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 it becomes clear to the reader that Henry may be exploring the theme of loneliness. […]

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Mr Know-All by W. Somerset Maugham

In Mr Know-All by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of contempt, control, honour, change, ego, appearance and honesty. Taken from his Collected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed male and from the beginning of the story it becomes clear to the reader that Maugham may be exploring the theme of […]

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The Wind Blows by Katherine Mansfield

In The Wind Blows by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of independence, discontent, frustration, fear, rivalry, control, change and liberation. Taken from her Bliss 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 fear. Mathilda is […]

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An Astrologer’s Day by R.K. Narayan

In An Astrologer’s Day by R.K Narayan we have the theme of fear, freedom, appearance, desperation, guilt and relief. Taken from his collection of the same name the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story it becomes clear to the reader that Narayan may be exploring the theme of fear and […]

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The Martyr’s Corner by R.K. Narayan

In The Martyr’s Corner by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of diligence, dedication, compassion, poverty, struggle, paralysis, corruption, security and resilience. Taken from his Lawley Road 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 Narayan may be exploring the theme […]

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Gateman’s Gift by R.K. Narayan

In Gateman’s Gift by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of fear, paralysis, insecurity, suffering, social opinion, pride and identity. Taken from his An Astrologer’s Day 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 Narayan may be exploring the theme of fear. Singh […]

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Out of Business by R.K. Narayan

In Out of Business by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of control, struggle, defeat, desperation, depression, identity, hope and unity. Taken from his An Astrologer’s Day 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 Narayan may be exploring the theme […]

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The Missing Mail by R.K. Narayan

In The Missing Mail by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of tradition, desperation, power, control, humanity and honesty. Taken from his An Astrologer’s Day 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 Narayan may be exploring the theme of tradition. Kamakshi is […]

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A Slander by Anton Chekhov

In A Slander by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of class, conflict, gossip, paranoia, appearance, trust and responsibility. 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 Chekhov may be exploring the theme of class. Each individual […]

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Kgotla by Bessie Head

In Kgotla by Bessie Head we have the theme of modernity, tradition, change, struggle, jealousy, insecurity and acceptance. 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 modernity and change. The […]

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Smile of Fortune by Gaele Sobott-Mogwe

In Smile of Fortune by Gaele Sobott-Mogwe we have the theme of appearance, infidelity, suffering, selfishness, corruption, honesty, trust and justice. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Sobott-Mogwe may be exploring the theme of appearance. Khumo likes to stay on the right side of people. He doesn’t […]

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The Test by Njabulo Ndebele

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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Psychology by Katherine Mansfield

In Psychology by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of friendship, connection, commitment, love, passion, fear and control. Taken from her Bliss and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story it becomes clear to the reader that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of friendship. Both the […]

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Taking the Veil by Katherine Mansfield

In Taking the Veil by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of naivety, innocence, love, suffering and connection. Taken from her The Doves’ Nest collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises just how naive Edna really is. She allows her heart to be taken by an […]

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The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde

In The Model Millionaire by Oscar Wilde we have the theme of appearance, generosity, friendship, gratitude, love, compassion, charity, commitment connection, struggle and happiness. 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 Wilde may be exploring the theme of […]

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A Happy Ending by Anton Chekhov

In A Happy Ending by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of marriage, happiness, loneliness, choice, control, indecision and desperation. 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 it becomes clear to the reader that Chekhov is exploring the theme of […]

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Buried Treasure by O. Henry

In Buried Treasure by O. Henry we have the theme of rivalry, love, commitment, greed, trust and success. Taken from his Selected Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by a man called Jim and after reading the story the reader realises that Henry may be exploring the theme of rivalry. The narrator and Goodloe both seek […]

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The New Tribe by Buchi Emecheta

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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