Three Pictures by Virginia Woolf

In Three Pictures by Virginia Woolf we have the theme of connection, desperation, mortality, change, struggle and control. Taken from her The Complete Shorter Fiction collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Woolf may be exploring the theme of connection. There is a sense that […]

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A Woman’s College from Outside by Virginia Woolf

In A Woman’s College from Outside by Virginia Woolf we have the theme of independence, class, equality, struggle, acceptance and confusion. Taken from her The Complete Shorter Fiction collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Woolf may be exploring the theme of independence. […]

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Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf

In Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf we have the theme of writing, insecurity, confusion and struggle. Taken from her The Complete Shorter Fiction collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Woolf may be exploring the theme of writing and the difficulties that can come […]

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A Canary for One by Ernest Hemingway

In A Canary for One by Ernest Hemingway we have the theme of control, identity, discontent and separation. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed man and after reading the story the reader realises that Hemingway may be exploring the theme of control. There is a sense that […]

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The Social Sense by W. Somerset Maugham

In The Social Sense by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of appearance, freedom, insecurity, independence, acceptance 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 Maugham may be exploring the theme of appearance. Though Gerrard has died […]

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A Face in the Dark by Ruskin Bond

In A Face in the Dark by Ruskin Bond we have theme theme of fear, perception, control and connection. 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 fear. Though Mr Oliver is not […]

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Princess September by W. Somerset Maugham

In Princess September by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of confusion, identity, jealousy, resentment, freedom, trust, control and innocence. 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 Maugham may be exploring the theme of confusion. Several […]

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Straight Flush by W. Somerset Maugham

In Straight Flush by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of connection, trust, individuality, fear, arrogance and letting go. 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 makes a […]

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Springtime à la Carte by O. Henry

In Springtime à la Carte by O. Henry we have the theme of love, worry, dedication, loneliness, connection and sacrifice. Taken from his Selected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Sarah is very much in love with Walter. However she is despondent […]

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Here Comes Mr Oliver by Ruskin Bond

In Here Comes Mr Oliver by Ruskin Bond we have the theme of loss, letting go, kindness, loyalty and gratitude. Taken from his Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by a young boy called Bond (assumed to be the author) and after reading the story the reader realises that Bond may be exploring the […]

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The Roman Image by R.K. Narayan

In The Roman Image by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of opportunity, fame, honesty, enthusiasm, reputation, appearance and change. Taken from his Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by a man called the Talkative Man and after reading the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the […]

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A Hero by R.K. Narayan

In A Hero by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of fear, insecurity, control, powerlessness, bravery 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 fear. Though Swami […]

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Civil Peace by Chinua Achebe

In Civil Peace by Chinua Achebe we have the theme of gratitude, optimism, struggle, survival, resilience and acceptance. Taken from his Girls at War and Other 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 Achebe may be exploring the theme of gratitude. Jonathan […]

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Through the Tunnel by Doris Lessing

In Through the Tunnel by Doris Lessing we have the theme of connection, isolation, determination, failure, independence, conflict and coming of age. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Lessing may be exploring the theme of connection. Jerry longs for the older boys in the bay to appreciate him. It […]

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Second Opinion by R.K. Narayan

In Second Opinion by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of conflict, failure, connection, acceptance, independence and appearance. Taken from his Malgudi Days collection the story is narrated in the first person by a young man called Sambu and after reading the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of conflict. Throughout the story there is […]

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God and the Cobbler by R.K. Narayan

In God and the Cobbler by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of connection, endurance, discontent, struggle, guilt, isolation and disillusion. 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 connection. Throughout the hippie’s journeys […]

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Emden by R.K. Narayan

In Emden by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of connection, loss, jealousy, redemption, appearance, guilt, struggle, independence and acceptance. 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 connection. Rao though his mind is […]

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The Edge by R.K. Narayan

In The Edge by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of control, connection, independence, pride, tradition, sacrifice, trust and struggle. 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. Ranga’s wife seems to wish […]

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Naga by R.K. Narayan

In Naga by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of independence, connection, struggle, responsibility, selfishness, loyalty and commitment. 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 independence. The young boy in the story though […]

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The Story-Teller by Saki

In The Story-Teller by Saki we have the theme of morality, conflict, control, pride and humility. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is a frame narrative and after reading the story the reader realises that Saki may be exploring the theme of morality. Unlike the Aunt’s story which has a happy if not unrealistic ending the […]

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Fur by Saki

In Fur by Saki we have the theme of selfishness, appearance, friendship, bitterness, kindness and revenge. 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 selfishness. There is a sense that Suzanne is […]

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The Moving Finger by Edith Wharton

In The Moving Finger by Edith Wharton we have the theme of control, loneliness, conflict, obsession, isolation, connection, dependency and letting go. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Wharton may be exploring the theme of control. There is a sense that Ralph was controlled by his first wife and […]

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To Da-duh, in Memoriam by Paule Marshall

In To Da-duh, in Memoriam by Paule Marshall we have the theme of conflict, connection, confidence, change, acceptance and pride. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed female narrator the story is a memory piece and after reading the story the reader realises that Marshall may be exploring the theme of conflict. Not only is there a sense of […]

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The Waltz by Dorothy Parker

In The Waltz by Dorothy Parker we have the theme of struggle, identity, independence, endurance, tolerance, choice, honesty and conformity. Taken from her Complete Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed woman and after reading the story the reader realises that Parker may be exploring the struggles that some women have when it comes […]

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The Beautiful Suit by H.G. Wells

In The Beautiful Suit by H.G. Wells we have the theme of desire, happiness, control, suppression, hope and freedom. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Wells may be exploring the theme of desire. The little man (or boy) longs to wear his suit as often as he can. The […]

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