Frau Fischer by Katherine Mansfield

In Frau Fischer by Katherine Mansfield we have the theme of independence, letting go, acceptance change, trust, control, gender roles and conflict. Taken from her In a German Pension collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed British woman and after reading the story the reader realises that Mansfield may be exploring the theme of independence. […]

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Sleepy by Anton Chekhov

In Sleepy by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of struggle, class, longing, acceptance, infanticide and desperation. 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 struggle. Varka spends both her night and […]

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Rothschild’s Fiddle by Anton Chekhov

In Rothschild’s Fiddle by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of sadness, gratitude, anger, paralysis, loss, grief, class and acceptance. 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 grief. Not only does […]

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The Chorus Girl by Anton Chekhov

In The Chorus Girl by Anton Chekhov we have the theme of adultery, identity, remorse, desperation, independence, trust, guilt and loneliness. 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 is not only exploring the theme of adultery but […]

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Trail of the Green Blazer by R.K. Narayan

In Trail of the Green Blazer by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of guilt, pity, appearance, identity, struggle, trust, change 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 guilt. Raju though […]

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Real Time by Amit Chaudhuri

In Real Time by Amit Chaudhuri we have the theme of discontent, appearance, tradition, selfishness, self-importance and acceptance. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Chaudhuri may be exploring the theme of discontent. There is a sense that Mr and Mrs Mitra are unhappy or discontent with one […]

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How Far Is the River by Ruskin Bond

In How Far Is the River by Ruskin Bond we have the theme of determination, aspirations, struggle, drive, freedom, independence and doubt. Taken from his Collected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by a young unnamed boy and after reading the story the reader realises that Bond may be exploring the theme of determination. The […]

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Old Man at the Bridge by Ernest Hemingway

In Old Man at the Bridge by Ernest Hemingway we have the theme of struggle, pride, commitment, selflessness, change, paralysis and acceptance. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed soldier and after reading the story the reader realises that Hemingway may be exploring the theme of struggle. The […]

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The Green Door by O. Henry

In The Green Door by O. Henry we have the theme of adventure, convention, good fortune, fear, risk and uncertainty. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Henry may be exploring the theme of adventure. The narrator views people in two categories those who will live their life […]

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Half a Rupee Worth by R.K. Narayan

In Half a Rupee Worth by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of persistence, greed, corruption, materialism and desperation. Taken from his Under the Banyan Tree 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 Narayan may be exploring the theme of […]

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Hungry Child by R.K. Narayan

In Hungry Child by R. K. Narayan we have the theme of escape, loneliness, innocence, trust, dissatisfaction, gender roles, independence and paralysis. Taken from his Malgudi Days collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Narayan may be exploring the theme of escape. There […]

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The False Prophet by Sembene Ousmane

In The False Prophet by Sembene Ousmane we have the theme of identity, selfishness, self-importance, dishonesty, generosity, faith, justice and conflict. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Ousmane may be exploring the theme of identity. Mahmoud changes his name in order to begin living a life that […]

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My Lord, the Baby by Rabindranath Tagore

In My Lord, the Baby by Rabindranath Tagore we have the theme of sacrifice, guilt, responsibility, gratitude, letting go, selflessness and shame. 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 sacrifice. Raicharan rather than […]

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Subha by Rabindranath Tagore

In Subha by Rabindranath Tagore we have the theme of fear, isolation, loneliness, connection, selfishness, innocence, tradition and control. 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 fear. Subha’s parents don’t really know what […]

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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

the invisible japanese gentlemen

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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