The Home-Coming by Rabindranath Tagore

In The Home-Coming by Rabindranath Tagore we have the theme of conflict, control, responsibility, love and isolation. Taken from his Collected 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 Tagore may be exploring the theme of conflict. Makhan will not listen to Phatik […]

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The Lost Jewels by Rabindranath Tagore

In The Lost Jewels by Rabindranath Tagore we have the theme of equality, materialism, control, trust, appearance, selfishness and independence. The story itself is a frame narrative with a merchant calling himself Bhusan Saha narrating the opening section of the story while the narrative is then taken over by an old schoolmaster. It is also after reading the story that […]

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The Castaway by Rabindranath Tagore

In The Castaway by Rabindranath Tagore we have the theme of mercy, kindness, jealousy, control, abandonment, honesty, shame and loyalty. Taken from his Collected Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Tagore may be exploring the theme of mercy. Kiran throughout the story shows mercy […]

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The Postmaster by Rabindranath Tagore

In The Postmaster by Rabindranath Tagore we have the theme of loneliness, happiness, gratitude, connection, memories and guilt. Taken from his Collected Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Tagore may be exploring the theme of loneliness. The postmaster finds it unbearably lonely living […]

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Kabuliwala by Rabindranath Tagore

In Kabuliwala by Rabindranath Tagore we have the theme of connection, love, escape, trust, friendship, sadness and charity. Taken from his Collected Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed man (Mini’s father) and after reading the story the reader realises that Tagore may be exploring the theme of connection. Mini though at first afraid […]

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Little Girls Wiser Than Men by Leo Tolstoy

In Little Girls Wiser Than Men by Leo Tolstoy we have the theme of connection, friendship, fear, conflict, shame and control. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Tolstoy may be exploring the theme of connection. Both Akoulya and Malasha share a connection with each other something that […]

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Fritz by Satyajit Ray

In Fritz by Satyajit Ray we have the theme of memory, innocence, worry, control, letting go, friendship, fear and conflict. Taken from his The Collected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by a man called Shankar and after reading the story the reader realises that Ray may be exploring the theme of memory. Jayanto can […]

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The Invisible Japanese Gentlemen by Graham Greene

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In The Invisible Japanese Gentlemen by Graham Greene we have the theme of hope, failure, conflict, independence, innocence and fear. Taken from his Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Greene may be exploring the theme of hope. The girl in Bentley’s […]

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The End of the Party by Graham Greene

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In The End of the Party by Graham Greene we have the theme of fear, conflict, connection and innocence. Taken from his 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 Greene may be exploring the theme of fear. Francis is not only afraid […]

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On Her Knees by Tim Winton

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In On Her Knees by Tim Winton we have the theme of pride, dignity, honesty, struggle, independence and class. Narrated in the first person by man called Victor the reader realises after reading the story that Winton may be exploring the theme of pride and dignity. Victor’s mother is a proud and dignified woman. Despite the fact that she is […]

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Examination Day by Henry Slesar

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In Examination Day by Henry Slesar we have the theme of fear, suppression, control, freedom and acceptance. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Slesar may be exploring the theme of fear. Dickie’s mother is anxious. She knows how important the Government test is and knows that Dickie […]

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The Battler by Ernest Hemingway

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In The Battler by Ernest Hemingway we have the theme of struggle, generosity, loyalty, control, connection and equality. 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 Hemingway may be exploring the theme of struggle. Ad has lived a life […]

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A String of Beads by W. Somerset Maugham

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In A String of Beads by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of appearance, class, jealousy, materialism, equality, independence and morality. Taken from his Collected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed male narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Maugham may be exploring the theme of appearance. Laura […]

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The Judgement Seat by W. Somerset Maugham

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In The Judgement Seat by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of honesty, infidelity, trust, conflict and guilt. 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 Maugham may be exploring the theme of honesty. Both Mary and John though […]

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The Son from America by Isaac Bashevis Singer

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In The Son from America by Isaac Bashevis Singer we have the theme of contentment, independence, tradition, appearance, faith, humility, change and acceptance. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Singer may be exploring the theme of contentment. Berl and Berlcha do not have a lot when it comes to […]

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The Evening Gift by R.K. Narayan

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In The Evening Gift by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of dependency, trust, class, conflict, loyalty and selflessness. 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 dependency. Sankar’s […]

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Mother and Son by R.K. Narayan

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In Mother and Son by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of guilt, insecurity, worry, independence, gender roles, letting go and paralysis. Taken from his Malgudi Days 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 guilt. Ramu’s mother feels […]

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A Willing Slave by R.K. Narayan

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In A Willing Slave by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of commitment, equality, selfishness, fear, control and independence. Taken from his Malgudi Days 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 commitment. Thayi’s husband for most of her […]

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The People Before by Maurice Shadbolt

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In The People Before by Maurice Shadbolt we have the theme of pride, modernity, control, frustration, tradition, gender roles, connection and selfishness. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed male narrator the story is a memory piece and after reading the story the reader realises that Shadbolt may be exploring the theme of pride. Though the narrator’s father finds […]

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Such Perfection by R.K. Narayan

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In Such Perfection by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of dedication, faith, fear, pride and guilt. Taken from his Malgudi Days 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 dedication. Soma has dedicated five years of his life […]

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Selvi by R.K. Narayan

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In Selvi by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of control, appearance, self-importance, selfishness, greed, desperation and freedom. Taken from his Malgudi Days 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 control. Mohan has absolute control over Selvi. He […]

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Leela’s Friend by R.K. Narayan

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In Leela’s Friend by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of injustice, class, acceptance, innocence, friendship and change. Taken from his Malgudi Days 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 injustice. Sidda is wrongly accused of stealing Leela’s […]

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Wife’s Holiday by R.K. Narayan

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In Wife’s Holiday by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of trust, desperation, selfishness, greed and control. Taken from his Malgudi Days collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story it becomes clear to the reader that Narayan may be exploring the theme trust. Kannan cannot be trusted. So desperate […]

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