The Wrong House by Katherine Mansfield

The Wrong House - Katherine Mansfield

In The Wrong House by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of fear, mortality, panic, necessity and gratitude. 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 fear. Mrs Bean opens up […]

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Violet by Katherine Mansfield

Violet - Katherine Mansfield

In Violet by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of escape, depression, embarrassment, secrecy, trust, fear, uncertainty, connection, guilt and shame. Taken from her Something Childish and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed young woman and after reading the story the reader realises that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of escape. […]

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A Suburban Fairy Tale by Katherine Mansfield

A Suburban Fairy Tale - Katherine Mansfield

In A Suburban Fairy Tale by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of domesticity, commitment, sacrifice, communication, love, happiness, and connection. 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 domesticity. The […]

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The Luft Bad by Katherine Mansfield

The Luft Bad - Katherine Mansfield

In The Luft Bad by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of shame, appearance, dignity, insecurity, freedom, independence and acceptance. Taken from her In a German Pension collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed woman and after reading the story the reader realises that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of shame. The narrator is […]

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Father and the Girls by Katherine Mansfield

Father and the Girls - Katherine Mansfield

In Father and the Girls by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of fear, paralysis, appearance, class, innocence, conflict and freedom. Taken from her The Collected Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading section one of the story the reader realises that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of fear. […]

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Germans at Meat by Katherine Mansfield

Germans at Meat - Katherine Mansfield

In Germans at Meat by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of obsession, foolishness, conflict, patriotism, equality and tradition. Taken from her In a German Pension collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed woman and the reader realises after reading the story that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of obsession. Every character in the […]

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Susannah by Katherine Mansfield

Susannah - Katherine Mansfield

In Susannah by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of excitement, responsibility, stubbornness, embarrassment, punishment and forgiveness. Taken from her The Collected Stories collection the reader realises after reading the story that Mansfield is giving two versions of the same event. In the first version Susannah is excited and inquisitive about the exhibition. She can’t wait for the day to […]

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A Bad Idea by Katherine Mansfield

A Bad Idea - Katherine Mansfield

In A Bad Idea by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of helplessness, determination, ignorance, selfishness and guilt. Taken from her The Collected Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed man and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of helplessness. The narrator has gotten […]

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Daphne by Katherine Mansfield

Daphne - Katherine Mansfield

In Daphne by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of heartbreak, failure, control, confidence, letting go and love. Taken from her The Collected Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed male narrator and the reader realises after reading the story that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of heartbreak. The narrator loves Daphne however […]

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Bank Holiday by Katherine Mansfield

Bank Holiday - Katherine Mansfield

In Bank Holiday by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of impatience, conflict, perfection, struggle, fear and connection. Taken from her The Garden Party and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Mansfield has managed to walk the reader around the park where […]

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The Gulf by Geraldine McCaughrean

The Gulf - Geraldine McCaughrean

In The Gulf by Geraldine McCaughrean we have the theme of escape, frustration, disappointment, hope, happiness, fear, freedom, gratitude and unselfishness. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that McCaughrean may be exploring the theme of escape. Juan is on the run from his captors. We do not know […]

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The Great Secret by George H. Smith

The Great Secret - George H. Smith

In The Great Secret by George H. Smith we have the theme of blackmail, fear, control, power and secrecy. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Smith is exploring the theme of blackmail. Neither Bolasky nor Waters are able to figure out as to why thirty people are […]

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A Grave Misunderstanding by Leon Garfield

A Grave Misunderstanding - Leon Garfield

In A Grave Misunderstanding by Leon Garfield we have the theme of connection, suspicion, loneliness, loyalty, confusion, fear and paralysis. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed dog the reader realises after reading the story that Garfield may be exploring the theme of connection. The narrator’s owner and the ghost make a connection. It is as though the owner […]

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Voodoo by Fredric Brown

Voodoo - Fredric Brown

In Voodoo by Fredric Brown we have the theme of separation, hate, greed, trust, confidence and freedom. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Brown may be exploring the theme of separation. Both Mr and Mrs Decker’s marriage is over. Yet due to disagreements they are unable to […]

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Life by Bessie Head

Life - Bessie Head

In Life by Bessie Head we have the theme of optimism, freedom, passion, control, murder, patriarchy, pride and independence. 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 optimism. The women […]

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Love Letters by Kate Walker

Love Letters - Kate Walker

In Love Letters by Kate Walker we have the theme of romance, love, honesty, vulnerability and selfishness. Narrated in the first person by a young man called Nick the reader realises after reading the story that Walker may be exploring the theme of romance. Fleur wants some romance in her life. Just like Helen has. She wants Nick to write […]

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On Umbrella Morals by A.G. Gardiner

On Umbrella Morals - A.G. Gardiner

In On Umbrella Morals by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of honesty, morality, guilt, appearance, acceptance and social opinion. Taken from his Pebbles on the Shore collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the theme of honesty. For Gardiner there are two types of honesty. One in whereby a genuine mistake is made […]

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Love by Guy de Maupassant

Love - Guy de Maupassant

In Love by Guy de Maupassant we have the theme of memory, love, contentment, happiness and ignorance. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator it becomes clear to the reader from the beginning of the story that de Maupassant has written a memory piece based on one of the narrator’s memories when he was younger. What is remarkable […]

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University Days by James Thurber

University Days - James Thurber

In University Days by James Thurber we have the theme of hardship, control, frustration and struggle. Taken from his My Life and Hard Times collection the story is narrated in the first person by Thurber himself and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Thurber may be exploring the theme of hardship. Thurber is woeful when it […]

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Frost by Anton Chekhov

Frost - Anton Chekhov

In Frost by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of control, helplessness, class, charity, selfishness and greed. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Chekhov may be exploring the theme of control. The local fête is due to take place yet the weather is uncontrollable. It is windy and […]

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The Green Tree by Zakariyya Tamir

The Green Tree - Zakariyya Tamir

In The Green Tree by Zakariyya Tamir we have the theme of innocence, imagination, control, escape, friendship and coming of age. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Tamir may be exploring the theme of innocence. Rhanda is upset yet Talal through his actions is able to alleviate her fears […]

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