Father Wakes Up the Village by Clarence Day

Father Wakes Up the Village - Clarence Day

In Father Wakes Up the Village by Clarence Day we have the theme of determination, satisfaction, pride, control and efficiency. Taken from his Life with Father collection the story is narrated in the first person by Day himself and after reading the story the reader realises that Day may be exploring the theme of determination. Day’s father when he finds […]

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Uncle Podger Hangs a Picture by Jerome K. Jerome

Uncle Podger Hangs a Picture - Jerome K. Jerome

In Uncle Podger Hangs a Picture by Jerome K. Jerome we have the theme of gender roles, responsibility, inequality, control, ignorance and independence. Taken from his Three Men in a Boat collection the reader realises after reading the story that Jerome may be exploring the theme of gender roles. There does not appear to be anybody in the house, especially […]

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April Showers by Edith Wharton

April Showers - Edith Wharton

In April Showers by Edith Wharton we have the theme of connection, responsibilities, struggle, identity, loss, determination, disappointment and jealousy. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Wharton may be exploring the theme of connection. Though Theodora has much work to do she remains connected to her family and her […]

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Letter to Adolf Hitler by Mahatma Gandhi

Letter to Adolf Hitler - Mahatma Gandhi

In Letter to Adolf Hitler by Mahatma Gandhi we have the theme of imperialism, aspirations, violence and independence. Taken from his Selected Letters collection the reader realises after reading the letter that Gandhi may be exploring the theme of imperialism. As he writes to Hitler, Gandhi reminds Hitler that the British have ruled over one-fifth of the world’s population. It […]

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On Ignorance by Hilaire Belloc

On Ignorance - Hilaire Belloc

In On Ignorance by Hilaire Belloc we have the theme of ignorance, passion, deflection, shame, appearance, tomfoolery and after reading the essay it becomes clear to the reader that Belloc is exploring the theme of passion. Should an individual find themselves ignorant of facts among an audience of others Belloc believes passion is a sure solution to any embarrassment that […]

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Of Great Place by Francis Bacon

Of Great Place - Francis Bacon

In Of Great Place by Francis Bacon we have the theme of social status, freedom, power, respect, identity and self-sacrifice. Taken from his Essays, Civil and Moral collection the reader realises from the beginning of the essay that Bacon may be exploring the theme of social status. Bacon considers those who strive for a higher social status are thrice servants. […]

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I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr.

I Have a Dream - Martin Luther King, Jr.

In I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King, Jr. we have the theme of freedom, hope, inequality, segregation, dignity and racism. Taken from his speech which was delivered at the Lincoln Monument, Washington D.C. on 28th August 1963 the reader realises after reading the speech that King may be exploring the theme of freedom. King with great enthusiasm decries […]

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I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen

I Stand Here Ironing - Tillie Olsen

In I Stand Here Ironing by Tillie Olsen we have the theme of helplessness, struggle, coming of age and confidence. Narrated in the first person by Emily’s mother it becomes clear to the reader after reading the story that Emily’s mother feels helpless. She has struggled in life with her first husband leaving her and forcing her to rear their […]

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Only the Dead Know Brooklyn by Thomas Wolfe

Only the Dead Know Brooklyn - Thomas Wolfe

In Only the Dead Know Brooklyn by Thomas Wolfe we have the theme of connection, conflict, self-importance and identity. Taken from his The 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 Wolfe may be exploring the theme of connection or rather the lack […]

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Playing the English Gentleman by Mahatma Gandhi

Playing the English Gentleman - Mahatma Gandhi

In Playing the English Gentleman by Mahatma Gandhi we have the theme of identity, acceptance, change, perception and tradition. Taken from his autobiography The Story of My Experiments with Truth the reader realises after reading the essay that Gandhi may be exploring the theme of identity. There is a sense that Gandhi while a student in England wishes to fit […]

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On Finding Things by E.V. Lucas

On Finding Things - E.V. Lucas

In On Finding Things by E.V. Lucas we have the theme of happiness, good fortune, enthusiasm and deception. Taken from his Adventures and Enthusiasms collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Lucas may be exploring the theme of happiness. Lucas finds great joy in finding things. Particularly things that cannot be traced back to their owner. Things like […]

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The Dead Man by Horacio Quiroga

The Dead Man - Horacio Quiroga

In The Dead Man by Horacio Quiroga we have the theme of acceptance, mortality, fear, loneliness, helplessness and connection. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Quiroga may be exploring the theme of acceptance. The man lying by the wire fence has difficulty accepting that he is dying. His mind […]

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Continuity of Parks by Julio Cortázar

In The Continuity of Parks by Julio Cortázar we have the theme of escape, responsibility, love, greed and betrayal. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Cortázar may be exploring the theme of escape. The owner of the estate is keen to finish off the novel he is […]

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Reflections in a Cell by Mafika Gwala

Reflections in a Cell - Mafika Gwala

In Reflections in a Cell by Mafika Gwala we have the theme of frustration, brutality, honesty, trust, delinquency and independence. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Gwala may be exploring the theme of frustration. There is a sense that the narrator feels frustrated with both life outside […]

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The Catbird Seat by James Thurber

The Catbird Seat - James Thurber

In The Catbird Seat by James Thurber we have the theme of resentment, change, dependency and gender roles. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Martin has a resentment towards Mrs Barrows. Something which some critics might feel is justified considering that Mrs Barrows is intent on making […]

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The School for Sympathy by E.V. Lucas

The School for Sympathy - E.V. Lucas

In The School for Sympathy by E.V. Lucas we have the theme of thoughtfulness, appreciation, equality, sympathy and humanity. Taken from his A Choice of Essays collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Lucas may be exploring the theme of thoughtfulness. Each child is given a role to play on a daily basis. Some are blind, lame or […]

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The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

The Little Match Girl - Hans Christian Anderson

In The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen we have the theme of hope, struggle, loneliness, resilience, control and longing. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Andersen may be exploring the theme of hope. The Little Match girl is forced to sell matches for her father regardless of […]

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On Doing Nothing by J.B. Priestley

On Doing Nothing - J.B. Priestley

In On Doing Nothing by J.B. Priestley we have the theme of peace of mind, laziness, envy, desire and very early on in the essay the reader realises that Priestley may be exploring the theme of peace of mind. Priestley while on the moors with his friend finds a sense of calmness and peace of mind. Something that he does […]

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Tryst with Destiny by Jawaharlal Nehru

Tryst with Destiny - Jawaharlal Nehru

In Tryst with Destiny by Jawaharlal Nehru we have the theme of freedom, power, independence, struggle, hope and commitment. Taken from The Penguin Book of Twentieth Century Speeches the reader realises from the beginning of the speech that Nehru may be exploring the theme of freedom. India has broken away from British rule and now stands as a nation of […]

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Chief Seattle’s Speech

In Chief Seattle’s Speech we have the theme of friendship, control, religion, trust and acceptance. Taken from the original Seattle Sunday Star article the reader realises from the beginning of the speech that Chief Seattle comes in peace or friendship towards the white man. He knows of the atrocities that have been caused between both the Native Americans and the […]

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On Getting Off to Sleep by J.B. Priestley

In On Getting Off to Sleep by J.B. Priestley we have the theme of insomnia, irritation, restlessness, ignorance, arrogance and sympathy. Taken from his Papers from Lilliput collection the reader realises after reading the essay that Priestley may be exploring the theme of insomnia. Throughout the essay Priestley finds difficulty in sleeping. No matter what he tries to do. He […]

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The Machine That Won the War by Isaac Asimov

In The Machine That Won the War by Isaac Asimov we have the theme of doubt, reliability, trust, chance, responsibility, independence and self-importance. Taken from his Nightfall and Other Stories collection the reader realises after reading the story that Asimov may be exploring the theme of doubt. All three men in the story (Swift, Henderson and Jablonsky) have or had […]

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Of Revenge by Francis Bacon

In Of Revenge by Francis Bacon we have the theme of morality, letting go, control, acceptance and selfishness. Taken from his The Essays collection the reader realises from the beginning of the essay that Bacon is against the act of revenge. He considers it to be morally wrong and not of the spirit of man. It is better to live […]

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