Emma by Carolyn Cole

In Emma by Carolyn Cole we have the theme of connection, independence, innocence, infidelity, desire, respect and change. Narrated in the first person by a young girl called Dory the reader realises after reading the story that Cole may be exploring the world of connection. Though Dory is still young she prefers the world of the adults around her. This […]

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Nitya by R.K. Narayan

In Nitya by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of selfishness, belief, tradition, modernity, control, respect, connection and independence. Taken from his Under the Banyan Tree 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 Narayan may be exploring the theme of tradition. Nitya’s […]

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Laura by Saki

In Laura by Saki we have the theme of marriage, reincarnation, unhappiness, acceptance, mortality and selfishness. 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 Saki may be exploring the theme of marriage. Laura’s marriage to Egbert is not one […]

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The Dube Train by Can Themba

In The Dube Train by Can Themba we have the theme of indifference, bravery, apartheid, control and unity. Narrated in the first person by a young male narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Themba may be exploring the theme of indifference. Despite the young woman being hassled by the tsotsi there is really nobody to help her. […]

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They Sold My Sister by Leteipa Ole Sunkuli

In They Sold My Sister by Leteipa Ole Sunkuli we have the theme of marriage, discontent, control, independence, tradition, freedom and equality. Narrated in the first person by a young twelve year old girl called Naliki the reader realises after reading the story that Sunkuli may be exploring the theme of marriage, particularly forced or arranged marriages. The narrator’s sister […]

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Minutes of Glory by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

In Minutes of Glory by Ngugi wa Thiong’o we have the theme of identity, insecurity, appearance, equality and independence. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Thiong’o may be exploring the theme of identity. Beatrice doesn’t really know who she is or more importantly who she would like to be. […]

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Old Man of the Temple by R.K. Narayan

In Old Man of the Temple by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of connection, acceptance, tradition, faith and dedication. Taken from his Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by the Talkative man and after reading the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of connection. […]

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Louise by W. Somerset Maugham

In Louise by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of selfishness, control, responsibility, fear, conflict, connection and guilt. Taken from his Collected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed male and after reading the story the reader realises that Maugham may be exploring the theme of selfishness. Louise has lived longer than […]

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The Two Grandmothers by Olive Senior

In The Two Grandmothers by Olive Senior we have the theme of tradition, modernity, identity, change, independence, connection, materialism, insecurity and coming of age. Taken from her Arrival of the Snake-Woman and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the form of several letters (an epistolary narrative) sent by a young unnamed girl to her mother. What is also interesting about […]

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The Boy Who Loved Ice Cream by Olive Senior

In The Boy Who Loved Ice Cream by Olive Senior we have the theme of desire, jealousy, insecurity, innocence, control, change, conflict and coming of age. Taken from her Summer Lightning 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 Senior may be exploring […]

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The Standard of Living by Dorothy Parker

In The Standard of Living by Dorothy Parker we have the theme of escape, materialism, friendship, greed, innocence, independence and freedom. Taken from her Complete Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Parker may be exploring the theme of escape. Annabel and Midge spend […]

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The American Embassy by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In The American Embassy by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie we have the theme of sacrifice, loneliness, change, freedom, frustration, identity, bravery, loss and grief. Taken from her The Thing Around Your Neck 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 Adichie may be exploring […]

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The Girl Who Can by Ama Ata Aidoo

In The Girl Who Can by Ama Ata Aidoo we have the theme of conflict, innocence, freedom, insecurity, connection and pride. Taken from her collection of the same name the story is narrated in the first person by a young seven year old girl and after reading the story the reader realises that Aidoo may be exploring the theme of […]

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Class Act by Namhla Tshisana

In Class Act by Namhla Tshisana we have the theme of acceptance, connection, appearance, insecurity, conflict, bullying and identity. Narrated in the first person by a young twelve year old girl the reader realises after reading the story that Tshisana may be exploring the theme of bullying. The narrator is having a difficult time in school due to her appearance […]

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Two Little Soldiers by Guy de Maupassant

In Two Little Soldiers by Guy de Maupassant we have the theme of friendship, connection, love, change, discontent, conflict, betrayal and jealousy. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Maupassant may be exploring the theme of connection. Jean and Luc enjoy each other’s company. So much so that at times […]

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A Tiger in the House by Ruskin Bond

In A Tiger in the House by Ruskin Bond we have the theme of compassion, connection, struggle, love, freedom and control. 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 Bond may be exploring the theme of love. The narrator and […]

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The Funeral by Ruskin Bond

In The Funeral by Ruskin Bond we have the theme of loss, mortality, uncertainty, change, loneliness, connection, determination and hope. Taken from his Collected 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 Bond may be exploring the theme of loss. The young […]

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What’s Your Dream by Ruskin Bond

In What’s Your Dream? by Ruskin Bond we have the theme of appearance, freedom, aspirations, connection, respect and greed. Taken from his Collected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by a young unnamed boy and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Bond may be exploring the theme of appearance. At first […]

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The Kitemaker by Ruskin Bond

In The Kitemaker by Ruskin Bond we have the theme of tradition, mortality, loneliness, happiness, independence, kindness, pride and change. Taken from his Collected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Bond may be exploring the theme of tradition. Mehmood once made his […]

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Forgiveness by Guy de Maupassant

In Forgiveness by Guy de Maupassant we have the theme of innocence, trust, infidelity, selfishness, control, deceit and forgiveness. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Maupassant may be exploring the theme of innocence. Bertha appears to be naïve of the ways of the world. If anything Bertha has lived […]

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An African Story by Roald Dahl

In An African Story by Roald Dahl we have the theme of revenge, hate, conflict, control and guilt. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is a frame narrative and after reading the story the reader realises that Dahl may be exploring the theme of revenge. The old man has not let go of what Judson has […]

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Tuesday Siesta by Gabriel García Márquez

In Tuesday Siesta by Gabriel García Márquez we have the theme of determination, respect, social opinion, connection and control. Taken from his Collected Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Márquez may be exploring the theme of determination. Mrs Ayala has traveled some distance […]

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The Mark of Vishnu by Khushwant Singh

In The Mark of Vishnu by Khushwant Singh we have the theme of tradition, modernity, faith, loyalty, respect and change. Taken from his Collected Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by a young unnamed boy and after reading the story the reader realises that Singh may be exploring the theme of tradition. Gunga Ram is a […]

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