Reunion by Tim Winton

In Reunion by Tim Winton we have the theme of connection, reconciliation, conflict, family, letting go and struggle. Taken from his The Turning and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by a woman called Gail and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Winton may be exploring the theme of connection. Carol […]

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Going Out for a Walk by Max Beerbohm

In Going Out for a Walk by Max Beerbohm we have the theme of conformity, escape, conflict, social opinion and tradition. Taken from his And Even Now collection the reader realises from the beginning of the essay that Beerbohm may be exploring the theme of conformity. Beerbohm does not believe in going for a walk for the simple purpose of […]

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A Fellow Traveller by A.G. Gardiner

In A Fellow Traveller by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of uncertainty, freedom, control, generosity, appearance, equality and modesty. Taken from his Leaves in the Wind collection the reader realises from the beginning of the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of uncertainty. Gardiner is unsure of when the mosquito came into the train carriage. He does […]

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Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut

In Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut we have the theme of equality, control, independence, conflict, change and fear. Taken from his Welcome to the Monkey House collection the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Vonnegut may be exploring the theme of equality. The Handicap General ensures that everybody is equal. However rather than this being a euphoric […]

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On Catching the Train by A.G. Gardiner

In On Catching the Train by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of uncertainty, control, reason, identity, confidence and anxiety. Taken from his Pebbles on the Shore collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of uncertainty. Gardiner unlike others does not have any faith in the punctuality of trains or any faith […]

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On Shaking Hands by A.G. Gardiner

In On Shaking Hands by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of civility, conflict, change, perception and choice. Taken from his Many Furrows collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of civility and the difficulties that one can incur with the simple act of shaking another individual’s hand. There are many wrong […]

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The Sporting Spirit by George Orwell

In The Sporting Spirit by George Orwell we have the theme of pride, nationalism, jealousy, hatred and passion. Taken from his Shooting an Elephant collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Orwell may be exploring the theme of pride and nationalism. Orwell argues that the sport played by either side may not necessarily be of the utmost importance. […]

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My First Love by Ruskin Bond

In My First Love by Ruskin Bond we have the theme of love, beauty, connection, freedom, letting go and innocence. Taken from his Collected Short Stories collection the story itself is a memory piece which is narrated in the first person by an unnamed man. What is also interesting about the story is the fact that though the narrator considers […]

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Like Mother, Like Son by Pauline Cartledge

In Like Mother, Like Son by Pauline Cartledge we have the theme of unhappiness, desperation, control, dependency and revenge. Narrated in the way of an epistolary narrative the story is only fifty words long and it becomes clear to the reader after reading the story that Cartledge may be exploring the theme of unhappiness. Taking the first section of the […]

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Death and the Compass by Jorge Luis Borges

In Death and the Compass by Jorge Luis Borges we have the theme of revenge, murder, mystery and deception. Taken from his Collected Fictions collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Borges is writing a mystery. One in whereby the police may not […]

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A Rupee Goes a Long Way by Ruskin Bond

In A Rupee Goes a Long Way by Ruskin Bond we have the theme of hope, ingenuity, contentment and impatience. Taken from his Collected Short Stories collection the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Bond may be exploring the theme of impatience. Ranji is impatient about spending his rupee. He draws himself up a list of things […]

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The Book of Sand by Jorge Luis Borges

In The Book of Sand by Jorge Luis Borges we have the theme of curiosity, confusion, addiction, conflict, torment and obsession. Taken from his Collected Fictions collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Borges may be exploring the theme of curiosity. The narrator’s curiosity is […]

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Petrified Man by Eudora Welty

In Petrified Man by Eudora Welty we have the theme of appearance, connection, gossip, gender roles, revenge and empowerment. Taken from her The Collected Stories collection the reader realises after reading the story that Welty is using the setting of the story (a beauty parlour) to explore the theme of appearance. Leota is prone to gossip and talking about other […]

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The Key by Eudora Welty

In The Key by Eudora Welty we have the theme of happiness, connection, love, insecurity, hope and arrogance. Taken from her The Collected Stories collection the reader realises after reading the story that Welty may be exploring the theme of happiness. Neither Albert nor Ellie seem to be happy. Albert is hoping that by going to Niagara Falls he will […]

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On Keyhole Morals by A.G. Gardiner

In On Keyhole Morals by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of respect, appearance, privacy, acceptance and curiosity. Taken from his Windfalls collection the reader realises from the beginning of the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of respect. The gentleman who talks to Gardiner about those in his neighbouring cabin does not seem to afford the couple […]

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On Fear by A.G. Gardiner

In On Fear by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of fear, bravery, temptation, perception and control. Taken from his Leaves in the Wind collection the reader realises from the beginning of the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of fear and bravery. For Gardiner the man who overcomes his fear is a hero. The very fact that […]

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On Being Idle by A.G. Gardiner

In On Being Idle by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of idleness, perception, self-importance, acceptance, connection and honesty. Taken from his Windfalls collection the reader realises from the beginning of the essay that Gardiner is exploring the theme of idleness. Gardiner himself knows that he prefers to be idle yet he is offended should somebody suggest the same to […]

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On Courage by A.G. Gardiner

In On Courage by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of selflessness, courage, control, shame and individualism. Taken from his Pebbles on the Shore collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of selflessness. The soldier on the Formidable by giving his seat away on the life boat acted selflessly. He thought of […]

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Big Brother by Premchand

In Big Brother by Premchand we have the theme of innocence, pride, experience, education, sacrifice and connection. The story itself is narrated in the first person by an unnamed man who is recalling an incident when he was a young boy. It also becomes clear to the reader after reading the story that Premchand may be exploring the theme of […]

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The Law of Life by Jack London

In The Law of Life by Jack London we have the theme of acceptance, mortality, connection, tradition, loneliness, struggle and selfishness. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that London may be exploring the theme of acceptance. Koskoosh appears to be accepting of the fact that he is going to die. […]

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Forbidden Clothes by Jamila Gavin

In Forbidden Clothes by Jamila Gavin we have the theme of freedom, obedience, conflict, identity, tradition, culture, rebellion, respect, friendship and acceptance. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Gavin may be exploring the theme of freedom. Nasreen feels free when she is with Louise. She is able to dress […]

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The Blue Bouquet by Octavio Paz

In The Blue Bouquet by Octavio Paz we have the theme of conflict, fear, innocence, connection, love and self-importance. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed man the reader realises after reading the story that Paz may be exploring the theme of conflict. The narrator is in conflict with the owner of the boarding house preferring instead to take […]

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Those People Next Door by A.G. Gardiner

In Those People Next Door by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of ignorance, identity, criticism, selfishness, jealousy and tolerance. Taken from his Many Furrows collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of ignorance. Gardiner himself has no idea who his neighbour really is. Something that would also play on the theme […]

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On the Philosophy of Hats by A.G. Gardiner

In On the Philosophy of Hats by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of appearance, perception, class and character. Taken from his Pebbles on the Shore collection it becomes clear to the reader from the beginning of the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of appearance. For Gardiner and the hatter appearances seem to be important. So important […]

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A Guardian Angel by Ruskin Bond

In A Guardian Angel by Ruskin Bond we have the theme of connection, love, freedom, memories, separation and acceptance. Taken from his Collected Short Stories collection the story is a memory piece and is narrated by a man known only as Ladla. What is also clear to the reader is that Mariam has a close connection with Ladla and he […]

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