The Far and the Near by Thomas Wolfe

In The Far and the Near by Thomas Wolfe we have the theme of isolation, experience, paralysis, connection, perception and regret. 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 Wolfe may be exploring the […]

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How I Edited an Agricultural Paper by Mark Twain

In How I Edited an Agricultural Paper by Mark Twain we have the theme of inexperience, anger, ignorance, pride, confidence, responsibility and concern. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story it becomes clear to the reader that Twain may be […]

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The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde

In The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde we have the theme of humility, salvation, compassion, kindness, arrogance, loneliness, love and pain. 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 humility. Though the […]

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The Wind and a Boy by Bessie Head

In The Wind and a Boy by Bessie Head we have the theme of gender roles, pride, loyalty, change and modernity. 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 gender […]

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In the Graveyard by Anton Chekhov

In In the Graveyard by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of mortality, forgiveness, fear, discomfort, letting go, acceptance and insecurity. 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 it becomes clear to the reader that Chekhov may be exploring the theme of […]

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The House on the Border by Aziz Nesin

In The House on the Border by Aziz Nesin we have the theme of responsibility, powerlessness, fear, guilt, independence and acceptance. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed male narrator it becomes clear to the reader after reading the story that Nesin may be using the house that the narrator lives in as symbolism for a country. With each […]

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The Sniper by Liam O’Flaherty

In The Sniper by Liam O’Flaherty we have the theme of war and the effects war can have on an individual. Set during the Irish Civil War the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises just how difficult war can be with brother fighting and killing brother. Where […]

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The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara

In The Lesson by Toni Cade Bambara we have the theme of appearance, class, equality, shame and education. Narrated in the first person by a young African American girl called Sylvia the reader soon realises from the beginning of the story that Bambara may be exploring the theme of appearance. Miss Moore out of all the characters in the story […]

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Transforming Moments by Gcina Mhlophe

In Transforming Moments by Gcina Mhlophe we have the theme of insecurity, confidence, isolation, independence, identity, acceptance and change. Narrated in the first person it becomes clear to the reader from the beginning of the story that Mhlophe may be exploring the theme of insecurity and confidence. The narrator is worried about her self-image even going as far as describing […]

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The Last Breath by Sam Kahiga

In The Last Breath by Sam Kahiga we have the theme of conflict, control, selflessness, sacrifice, love, gratitude and change. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Kahiga might be exploring the theme of conflict and love. The narrator is very much in love with Eva however his […]

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A Haunted House by Virginia Woolf

In A Haunted House by Virginia Woolf we have the theme of struggle, loss, commitment, connection, love and acceptance. Taken from her The Complete Shorter Fiction collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed female narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Woolf may be exploring the theme of struggle. Both the deceased […]

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The Nightingale and the Rose by Oscar Wilde

In The Nightingale and the Rose by Oscar Wilde we have theme of love, sacrifice, selflessness, pity, materialism and gratitude. 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 the young boy is very much in love with […]

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The Ant and the Grasshopper by W. Somerset Maugham

In The Ant and the Grasshopper by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of justice, trust, fear, morality, embarrassment, happiness and struggle. 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 Maugham may be exploring the theme of justice or […]

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One Dollar’s Worth by O. Henry

In One Dollar’s Worth by O. Henry we have the theme of revenge, honesty, sacrifice, pity, love, change, compassion, gratitude and justice. 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 revenge. Mexico […]

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The Fur Coat by Sean O’Faolain

In The Fur Coat by Sean O’Faolain we have the theme of desire, aspiration, appearance, change and identity. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that O’Faolain may be exploring the theme of desire. Molly strongly wants to get the fur coat. She believes that she will be properly dressed should […]

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The Count and the Wedding Guest by O. Henry

In The Count and the Wedding Guest by O. Henry we have the theme of love, connection, loneliness, honesty, fear, acceptance and independence. 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. Maggie by […]

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

In The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde we have the theme of dedication, compassion, generosity, struggle, appearance, sacrifice, selflessness and corruption. 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 sacrifice and compassion. […]

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The Death of a Government Clerk by Anton Chekhov

In The Death of a Government Clerk by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of embarrassment, fear, anxiety, worry, insecurity and appearance. 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 […]

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A Joke by Anton Chekhov

In A Joke by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of fear, confusion, anxiety, uncertainty, innocence, commitment, paralysis and love. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed male narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Chekhov may be exploring the theme of fear. […]

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A Humble Drama by Guy de Maupassant

In A Humble Drama by Guy de Maupassant we have the theme of escape, connection, loneliness, paralysis, desperation and hope. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator the reader senses very early on in the story that de Maupassant is exploring the theme of escape. The narrator recalls how he feels when he sees someone that he might […]

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Next Door by Kurt Vonnegut

In Next Door by Kurt Vonnegut we have the theme of conflict, appearance, guilt, innocence and coming of age. Taken from his Welcome to the Monkey House collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Vonnegut may be exploring the theme of conflict. Paul’s […]

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Thank You Ma’m by Langston Hughes

In Thank You Ma’m by Langston Hughes we have the theme of kindness, dignity, trust, forgiveness and choice. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Hughes may be exploring the theme of kindness. Mrs Jones rather than looking for vengeance against Roger helps him to understand life a little better […]

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A Chip of Glass Ruby by Nadine Gordimer

In A Chip of Glass Ruby by Nadine Gordimer we have the theme of sacrifice, prejudice, selfishness, justice, commitment and apartheid. Set in South Africa the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Gordimer may be exploring the theme of sacrifice. Mrs Bamjee throughout the story is […]

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Transients in Arcadia by O. Henry

In Transients in Arcadia by O. Henry we have the theme of escape, loneliness, happiness, paralysis, change, identity and honesty. 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 escape. Both Madame Beaumont and Harold Farrington […]

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The Schoolmaster by Anton Chekhov

In The Schoolmaster by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of dedication, commitment, struggle, denial, selflessness, anger and pity. 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 Chekhov may be exploring the theme of dedication. Fyodor Lukitch never forgets about […]

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