The Happy Couple by W. Somerset Maugham

In The Happy Couple by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of perception, gender roles, hope, independence, connection, identity, fear and self-importance. 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 perception. Miss […]

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A Friend in Need by W. Somerset Maugham

In A Friend in Need by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of appearance, hopelessness, friendship, desperation and connection. Taken from his Collected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Maugham may be exploring the theme of appearance. The narrator […]

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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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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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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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A String of Beads by W. Somerset Maugham

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In A String of Beads by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of appearance, class, jealousy, materialism, equality, independence and morality. Taken from his Collected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed male narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Maugham may be exploring the theme of appearance. Laura […]

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The Judgement Seat by W. Somerset Maugham

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In The Judgement Seat by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of honesty, infidelity, trust, conflict and guilt. 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 Maugham may be exploring the theme of honesty. Both Mary and John though […]

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The Taipan by W. Somerset Maugham

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In The Taipan by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of wealth, appreciation, loss, racism, bitterness, arrogance and fear. 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 the main protagonist doesn’t appreciate the life he lives. He may enjoy […]

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The Promise by W. Somerset Maugham

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In The Promise by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of independence, strength, courage, love, honesty, change and acceptance. Taken from his Collected Short Stories collection the reader realises after reading the story that Maugham may be exploring the theme of independence. Lady Elizabeth though she may have previously been the talk of everybody around her is a strong […]

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The Escape by W. Somerset Maugham

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In The Escape by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of pity, dishonesty, escape, selfishness, dignity and freedom. 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 pity. Roger appears to feel sorry […]

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Mayhew by W. Somerset Maugham

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In Mayhew by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of freedom, change, independence, bravery, confidence, isolation, conflict and individualism. Taken from his The 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 freedom. Mayhew lives his […]

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Home by W. Somerset Maugham

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In Home by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of letting go, respect, connection, doubt and honesty. Taken from his The 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 letting go. George despite so many […]

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The Luncheon by W. Somerset Maugham

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In The Luncheon by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of struggle, innocence, greed, responsibility, selfishness and appearance. 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 struggle. The narrator is not a […]

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Salvatore by W. Somerset Maugham

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In Salvatore by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of responsibility, acceptance, happiness, dignity and humility. Taken from his Collected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Maugham may be exploring the theme of responsibility. Salvatore is responsible for looking […]

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The Verger by W. Somerset Maugham

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In The Verger by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of appearance, opportunity, dedication, independence and humility. 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 Maugham may be exploring the theme of appearance. Albert Edward doesn’t like wearing his […]

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Mr Know-All by W. Somerset Maugham

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In Mr Know-All by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of contempt, control, honour, change, ego, appearance and honesty. Taken from his Collected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed male and from the beginning of the story it becomes clear to the reader that Maugham may be exploring the theme of […]

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The Ant and the Grasshopper by W. Somerset Maugham

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In The Ant and the Grasshopper by W. Somerset Maugham we have the theme of justice, trust, fear, morality, embarrassment, happiness and struggle. 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 justice or […]

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