The Garbage Collector by Ray Bradbury

In The Garbage Collector by Ray Bradbury we have the theme of fear, paralysis, routine and change. Taken from his The Golden Apples of the Sun 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 Bradbury may be exploring […]

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The Dragon by Ray Bradbury

In The Dragon by Ray Bradbury we have the theme of desolation, fear and identity. Taken from his The Golden Apples of the Sun 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 Bradbury may be exploring […]

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I See You Never by Ray Bradbury

In I See You Never by Ray Bradbury we have the theme of connection, loss, freedom, change, authority and the American Dream. Taken from his The Golden Apples of the Sun and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises […]

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The Fat Frog by P. Lal

In The Fat Frog by P. Lal we have the theme of selfishness, greed, relationships and honesty. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator it becomes clear to the reader from the beginning of the story that Lal might be exploring the theme of selfishness. Not only does the frog eat the dinner […]

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The Brinjal Cut-Out by Krishan Chander

In The Brinjal Cut-Out by Krishan Chander we have the theme of poverty, desperation, religion, escape and fraud. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed man the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Chander may be exploring the theme of poverty. The narrator is a poor man who can ill afford […]

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It Was Dark by Shashi Deshpande

In It Was Dark by Shashi Deshpande we have the theme of fear, rape, uncertainty, hope and connection. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed mother the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Deshpande may be exploring the theme of fear. The narrator is woken from a dream in where she […]

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Ramblings on a Beach by Kabir Bedi

In Ramblings on a Beach by Kabir Bedi we have the theme of happiness, freedom, shame, humiliation, conformity, kindness and hope. Narrated in the first person by Bedi himself it becomes clear to the reader from the beginning of the story that Bedi might be exploring the theme of happiness. As he is walking along […]

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Phoenix Fled by Attia Hosain

In Phoenix Fled by Attia Hosain we have the theme of paralysis, struggle, fear, connection, colonialism and partition. Taken from her Phoenix Fled and Other Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Hosain may be exploring the […]

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Everything in the Right Place by Hans Christian Andersen

In Everything in the Right Place by Hans Christian Andersen we have the theme of cruelty, arrogance, paralysis, kindness and selfishness. Taken from his The Complete Fairy Tales collection the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Anderson may be exploring the theme of cruelty. The baron attempts to push the goose girl […]

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Rain-Making by K. Shankar Pillai

In Rain-Making by K. Shankar Pillai we have the theme of fear, anger, love, and forgiveness. Narrated in the first person by a young Indian boy called Raja it becomes clear to the reader from the very beginning of the story that Shankar is exploring the theme of fear. Raja is afraid of his grandfather […]

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How I Taught My Grandmother to Read by Sudha Murty

In How I Taught My Grandmother to Read by Sudha Murty we have the theme of love, independence, desperation and happiness. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed woman the story is a retrospective look at the narrator’s life with her grandmother and how she taught her grandmother to read. It also becomes clear […]

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Love Letters by Kate Walker

In Love Letters by Kate Walker we have the theme of romance, love, honesty, vulnerability and selfishness. Narrated in the first person by a young man called Nick the reader realises after reading the story that Walker may be exploring the theme of romance. Fleur wants some romance in her life. Just like Helen has. […]

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Boys and Girls by Alice Munro

In Boys and Girls by Alice Munro we have the theme of innocence, gender roles, fear, coming of age and connection. Taken from her Dance of the Happy Shades collection the story is narrated retrospectively by an unnamed woman and after reading the story the reader realises that Munro may be exploring the theme of […]

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Are the Rich Happy by Stephen Leacock

In Are the Rich Happy by Stephen Leacock we have the theme wealth, poverty and appearance. Taken from his Further Foolishness collection and narrated in the first person by Leacock the reader realises that Leacock’s friends are wealthy. Though they see themselves as just being comparatively well of. They can afford lavish dinners and fine […]

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Swimming Partners by Timwa Lipenga

In Swimming Partners by Timwa Lipenga we have the theme of connection, control, friendship, love, fear, change, freedom and AIDS. Narrated in the first person by a woman called Linda the story is a memory piece that takes Linda’s relationship with her sister, Aisha, into account. From the beginning of the story it is clear […]

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The Message by Isaac Asimov

In The Message by Isaac Asimov we have the theme of conflict, ego, patriarchy, happiness and change. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the reader realises after reading the story that Asimov may be exploring the theme of conflict. George has ventured back 900 years to the conflict that occurred during WWII in […]

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The Bag by Saki (H.H Munro)

In The Bag by Saki we have the theme of love, marriage, class and fear. Taken from his The Complete 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 Saki may be exploring the theme of love. Mrs […]

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The Fun They Had by Isaac Asimov

In The Fun They Had by Isaac Asimov we have the theme of innocence, change, technology, loss and longing. Taken from his The Complete Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Asimov may be exploring the theme of innocence. […]

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The Creek by Subraj Singh

In The Creek by Subraj Singh we have the theme of colonialism, determination, freedom, power and fear. Taken from the A World of Prose collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Singh may be exploring the theme of colonialism. The […]

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