The Legacy by Virginia Woolf

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In The Legacy by Virginia Woolf we have the theme of ego, jealousy, independence, identity, gender roles, equality, awareness and change. Taken from her The Complete Shorter Fiction collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Woolf may be exploring the theme of ego. Throughout the […]

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Nobody Knows by Sherwood Anderson

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In Nobody Knows by Sherwood Anderson we have the theme of secrecy, insecurity, equality, control, uncertainty, coming of age and maturity. Taken from his Winesburg, Ohio collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises how important the setting is, particularly when it comes to the theme of […]

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Up in Michigan by Ernest Hemingway

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In Up in Michigan by Ernest Hemingway we have the theme of independence, connection, innocence, gender roles, experience, obsession, disillusion and awareness. 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 Hemingway, through his use of the setting of the story, […]

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The Killers by Ernest Hemingway

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In The Killers by Ernest Hemingway we have the theme of appearance, confusion, paralysis, courage, change, acceptance and coming of age. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and very early on in the story Hemingway, through the setting of the story, appears to be exploring the theme of appearance […]

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The Shining Houses by Alice Munro

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In The Shining Houses by Alice Munro we have the theme of change, appearance, conflict, modernity, independence and acceptance. Taken from her Dance of the Happy Shades collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Munro may be exploring the theme of change. By setting the […]

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Game by Donald Barthelme

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In Game by Donald Barthelme we have the theme of isolation, hostility, trust, freedom, paralysis, doubt and connection. Taken from his Unspeakable Practices, Unnatural Acts collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Barthelme may be exploring the theme of isolation. Shotwell is not prepared […]

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The School by Donald Barthelme

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In The School by Donald Barthelme we have the theme of uncertainty, innocence, mortality, fear, curiosity and reassurance. Taken from his Amateurs collection the story is narrated in the first person by a teacher called Edgar and after reading the story the reader realises that Barthelme may be exploring the theme of uncertainty and curiosity. Throughout the story Edgar remains […]

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A City of Churches by Donald Barthelme

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In A City of Churches by Donald Barthelme we have the theme of acceptance, conformity, reliance, religion, paralysis and independence. Taken from his Sadness collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Barthelme may be exploring the theme of acceptance and conformity. None of the characters […]

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Mother by Sherwood Anderson

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In Mother by Sherwood Anderson we have the theme of disillusion, acceptance, hope, escape, paralysis and ambition. Taken from his Winesburg, Ohio collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises how significant or symbolic Anderson’s description of the setting is. Throughout the story he uses words like […]

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The Corn Planting by Sherwood Anderson

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In The Corn Planting by Sherwood Anderson we have the theme of dedication, pride, love, sacrifice, connection, loss and acceptance. Set in the 1900s on a small farm in America the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and very early on the reader realises that Anderson may be exploring the theme of dedication and pride. […]

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A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin

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In A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin we have the theme of responsibility, escape, independence, freedom, identity, consumerism and temptation. Set in the 1890s the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Chopin may be exploring the theme of responsibility and identity. By […]

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The Tiredness of Rosabel by Katherine Mansfield

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In The Tiredness of Rosabel by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of escape, loneliness, class, dissatisfaction, disillusion and happiness. Taken from her Something Childish 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 escape. While Rosabel […]

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Goodbye, My Brother by John Cheever

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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