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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The House of Asterion by Jorge Luis Borges

The House of Asterion - Jorge Luis Borges

In The House of Asterion by Jorge Luis Borges we have the theme of isolation, loneliness, connection, fear, escape, mortality and freedom. Taken from his Labyrinths collection the reader realises after reading the story that Borges is using the myth of the Minator as a template. Though rather than others being the primary narrator Asterion, who is a minatour, is […]

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The Wedge-Tailed Eagle by Geoffrey Dutton

The Wedge-Tailed Eagle - Geoffrey Dutton

In The Wedge-Tailed Eagle by Geoffrey Dutton we have the theme of respect, revenge, control, skill and remorse. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator it becomes clear to the reader from the beginning of the story that Dutton may be exploring the theme of respect. Both pilots when they are talking to the farmer scorn the farmer […]

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The Umbrella by Guy de Maupassant

The Umbrella - Guy De Maupassant

In The Umbrella by Guy de Maupassant we have the theme of fear, loss, independence, control, appearance and satisfaction. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that de Maupassant may be exploring the theme of fear. Mme Oreille is afraid to go to the Insurance Office. She fears what may happen […]

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French Joe by W. Somerset Maugham

French Joe - W. Somerset Maugham

In French Joe by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of connection, betrayal, disillusion, contentment and misfortune. 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 connection. The narrator feels a connection with […]

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Rejection by Mariama Bâ

Rejection - Mariama Bâ

In Rejection by Mariama Bâ we have the theme of abuse, gender inequality, control, blame, rejection, acceptance, freedom and anger. Narrated in the form of an epistolary narrative the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Bâ may be exploring the theme of abuse. Modou’s relationship with Binetou is inappropriate (going by western standards) and if anything Modou […]

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Mercury by D.H. Lawrence

Mercury - D.H. Lawrence

In Mercury by D.H. Lawrence we have the theme of paralysis, desire, selfishness, individualism and fear. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Lawrence may be exploring the theme of paralysis. None of the crowd on top of Merkur do anything of interest. It is as though they are paralysed […]

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The Crow by Charles Mungoshi

The Crow - Charles Mungoshi

In The Crow by Charles Mungoshi we have the theme of obsession, fear, brutality, control and relief. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed young boy it becomes clear to the reader after reading the story that Mungoshi may be exploring the theme of obsession. Both the narrator and Chiko are obsessed with killing the crow. If anything they […]

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The Story of Nosente by Nosente of Umgqwashe

The Story of Nosente - Nosente of Umgqwashe

In The Story of Nosente by Nosente of Umgqwashe we have the theme of marriage, acceptance, control and change. Narrated in the first person by an elderly woman called Nosente the story is translated by Monica Hunter and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Nosente may be exploring the theme of marriage. Nosente is not allowed […]

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Deportation at Breakfast by Larry Fondation

Deportation at Breakfast - Larry Fondation

In Deportation at Breakfast by Larry Fondation we have the theme of conflict, uncertainty, change and identity. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Fondation may be exploring the theme of conflict. There is a sense that the narrator is in conflict with himself. He is uncertain as to what […]

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About Love by Anton Chekhov

About Love- Anton Chekhov

In About Love by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of connection, honour, loss, letting go, acceptance and love. Taken from his Complete Short Stories collection the story for the main is narrated in the first person by a man called Pavel and after reading the story the reader realises that Chekhov may be exploring the theme of connection. Pavel […]

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On the World We Live In by A.G. Gardiner

On the World We Live In - A.G. Gardiner

In On the World We Live In by A.G. Gardiner we have the theme of individuality, loneliness, escape, fear, happiness and connection. Taken from his Pebbles on the Shore collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Gardiner may be exploring the individuality or the individual worlds that everyone lives in. Gardiner suggests that these may be lonely worlds […]

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The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry

The Ransom of Red Chief - O. Henry

In The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry we have the theme of exhaustion, control, hyperactivity, justice and innocence. Taken from his Selected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by a man called Sam (kidnapper) and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Sam and Bill, particular Bill, are mentally exhausted […]

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