The Interlopers by Saki

In The Interlopers by Saki we have the theme of conflict, bitterness, anger, reconciliation, mortality, connection, change and forgiveness. 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 conflict. Both Ulrich and Georg […]

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The Lumber-Room by Saki

In The Lumber-Room by Saki we have the theme of imagination, ingenuity, trust, freedom, arrogance, escape and pride. 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 world of a child versus that of an […]

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The Open Window by Saki

In The Open Window by Saki we have the theme of honesty, trust, conflict, confidence, deception, freedom and control. 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 honesty. Vera’s reasoning as to […]

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Spring Pictures by Katherine Mansfield

In Spring Pictures by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of struggle, escape, hope, materialism, loneliness and connection. Taken from her Something Childish and Other Stories 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 struggle.  The old woman (or […]

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Mr. Reginald Peacock’s Day by Katherine Mansfield

In Mr. Reginald Peacock’s Day by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of discontent, ego, control, disrespect, conflict, arrogance, selfishness, connection and insecurity. Taken from her Bliss 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 discontent. […]

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New Dresses by Katherine Mansfield

In New Dresses by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of control, gender roles, struggle, appearance, connection and confidence. 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 control. Throughout the story […]

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Millie by Katherine Mansfield

In Millie by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of loneliness, kindness, identity, independence, loyalty, struggle 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 loneliness. Millie lives with Sid […]

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The Stranger by Katherine Mansfield

In The Stranger by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of insecurity, freedom, jealousy, trust, control, independence and change. Taken from her The Garden Party 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 insecurity. Throughout the […]

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The Night Train at Deoli by Ruskin Bond

In The Night Train at Deoli by Ruskin Bond we have the theme of innocence, memories, connection, love, letting go, desire, acceptance and fear. Taken from his Collected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed man and after reading the story the reader realises that Bond may be exploring the theme of letting […]

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The Eyes Have It by Ruskin Bond

In The Eyes Have It by Ruskin Bond we have the theme of kindness, determination, independence, desire, perception, memory and confidence. Taken from his Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by a young unnamed blind man and after reading the story the reader realises that Bond may be exploring the theme of kindness. Throughout […]

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That There Dog O’ Mine by Henry Lawson

In That There Dog O’ Mine by Henry Lawson we have the theme of trust, connection, friendship, perseverance, dedication, struggle, escape and commitment. Taken from his When the Billy Boils collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Lawson may be exploring the theme of connection […]

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Señor Payroll by William E. Barrett

In Señor Payroll by William E. Barrett we have the theme of control, power, determination, connection and acceptance. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed man the reader realises after reading the story that Barrett may be exploring the theme of control. The Main Office of the company seems to want to rein in the Mexican workers and stop […]

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The Boy Who Broke the Bank by Ruskin Bond

In The Boy Who Broke the Bank by Ruskin Bond we have the theme of discontent, gossip, appearance, reliance, control, anxiety, panic and trust. 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 […]

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The Tiger in the Tunnel by Ruskin Bond

In The Tiger in the Tunnel by Ruskin Bond we have the theme of tradition, strength, responsibility, determination, acceptance and pride. 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. After Baldeo has […]

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The Man Without a Temperament by Katherine Mansfield

In The Man Without a Temperament by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of discontent, marriage, independence, connection, responsibility, selfishness, honesty and conflict. Taken from her Bliss 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 discontent. Robert […]

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Sun and Moon by Katherine Mansfield

In Sun and Moon by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of perfection, alienation, happiness, appearance, control, freedom and discontent. Taken from her Bliss 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 perfection. Both Sun and […]

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A Married Man’s Story by Katherine Mansfield

In A Married Man’s Story by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of escape, connection, isolation, loneliness, uncertainty, paralysis and happiness. Taken from her Collected Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed man and after reading the story the reader realises that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of escape. The narrator is unhappy […]

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How Pearl Button was Kidnapped by Katherine Mansfield

In How Pearl Button was Kidnapped by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of trust, freedom, innocence, happiness, connection and perception. 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 trust. Pearl […]

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The Daughters of the Late Colonel by Katherine Mansfield

In The Daughters of the Late Colonel by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of freedom, control, isolation, uncertainty, paralysis, fear and letting go. Taken from her The Garden Party 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 […]

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Something Childish but very Natural by Katherine Mansfield

In Something Childish but very Natural by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of connection, love, fear, uncertainty, frustration, commitment, change, conflict and innocence. 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 […]

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Fat and Thin by Anton Chekhov

In Fat and Thin by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of social status, respect, class, perception, self-importance, discontent, equality, appearance and change. 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 Chekhov may be exploring the theme of social […]

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The Happy Man by W. Somerset Maugham

In The Happy Man by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of uncertainty, happiness, change, humility and gratitude. 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 uncertainty. Stephens though full of doubt […]

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My Financial Career by Stephen Leacock

In My Financial Career by Stephen Leacock we have the theme of anxiety, fear, trust, confusion, identity and conflict. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Leacock may be exploring the theme of anxiety. The narrator is physically ‘rattling’ as he enters the bank. It is as though […]

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Raymond’s Run by Toni Cade Bambara

In Raymond’s Run by Toni Cade Bambara we have the theme of respect, dedication, identity, love, acceptance, responsibility, confidence, connection, rivalry and friendship. Taken from her Gorilla, My Love collection the story is narrated in the first person by a young girl called Squeaky and after reading the story the reader realises that Bambara may be exploring the theme of […]

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