Fluke by Romesh Gunesekera

In Fluke by Romesh Gunesekera we have the theme of trust, privacy, conflict, independence and prosperity. Narrated in the first person by a man called Vasabtha the reader realises after reading the story that Gunesekera may be exploring the theme of conflict. Throughout Mr Weerakoon’s journey to the conference centre and when he is in the conference centre there is […]

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When it Happens by Margaret Atwood

In When it Happens by Margaret Atwood we have the theme of fear, isolation, connection, control, conflict and struggle. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Atwood may be exploring the theme of fear. Mrs Burridge appears to live her life in fear. She is isolated from the word and […]

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Showing the Flag by Jane Gardam

In Showing the Flag by Jane Gardam we have the theme of abandonment, resilience, love, insecurity and trust. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Gardam may be exploring the theme of abandonment. Philip feels as though he has been abandoned by his mother. Something that is triggered when Philip […]

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The Axe by Penelope Fitzgerald

In The Axe by Penelope Fitzgerald we have the theme of dedication, fear, injustice, acceptance, responsibility and guilt. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Fitzgerald may be exploring the theme of dedication. The narrator though he has been forced to dismiss Singlebury still feels some attachment to him. Attached […]

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Haywards Heath by Aminatta Forna

In Haywards Heath by Aminatta Forna we have the theme of connection, commitment, letting go, happiness, acceptance and loss. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Forna may be exploring the theme of connection. Attila despite the passing of time has never forgotten about Rosie or what she means to […]

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Words by Carol Shields

In Words by Carol Shields we have the theme of language, connection, powerlessness, frustration, global warming, love and sacrifice. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Shields may be exploring the theme of language. Prior to falling in love with one another both Ian and Isobel explored one another’s language […]

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A Visit by Anna Kavan

In A Visit by Anna Kavan we have the theme of connection, desire, loneliness, letting go, isolation, contentment, responsibility and companionship. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed woman the reader realises after reading the story that Kavan may be exploring the theme of connection. There is a sense that rather than being afraid of the leopard when he […]

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The Tower by Marghanita Laski

In The Tower by Marghanita Laski we have the theme of fear, control, freedom, perseverance, independence and change. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Laski may be exploring the theme of fear. Through the setting Laski manages to highlight to the reader the fear that Caroline feels while she […]

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The Black Ball by Ralph Ellison

In The Black Ball by Ralph Ellison we have the theme of struggle, equality, hope and connection. Narrated in the first person by a man called John the reader realises after reading the story that Ellison may be exploring the theme of struggle. John seems to struggle through life. He is conscious of the fact that he is not treated […]

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Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment by Nathaniel Hawthorne

In Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment by Nathaniel Hawthorne we have the theme of renewal, vanity, power, greed, lust, wisdom, self-importance, selfishness and ignorance. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Hawthorne may be exploring the theme of renewal. Each of the characters who drink the water from the Fountain of Youth. […]

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Nick by Christina Rossetti

In Nick by Christina Rossetti we have the theme of discontent, jealousy, insecurity, redemption and change. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Rossetti may be exploring the theme of discontent. Despite having many comforts Nick appears to be dissatisfied with his life. His dissatisfaction being driven by […]

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The Widow’s Might by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

In The Widow’s Might by Charlotte Perkins Gilman we have the theme of independence, struggle, control, freedom, determination and duty. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Gilman may be exploring the theme of independence. Mrs McPherson since her husband’s illness and eventual death has become more independent in her […]

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And Women Must Weep by Henry Handel Richardson

In And Women Must Weep by Henry Handel Richardson we have the theme of confidence, acceptance, innocence, appearance, insecurity, control, rejection and failure. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Richardson may be exploring the theme of confidence. Dolly prior to going to the ball feels confident within herself. Helped […]

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The Woman’s Rose by Olive Schreiner

In The Woman’s Rose by Olive Schreiner we have the theme of authority, jealousy, appearance, insecurity, control and connection. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed woman the reader realises after reading the story that Schreiner may be exploring the theme of authority. The narrator has felt bound by the authority of men for most of her life. However […]

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Lappin and Lapinova by Virginia Woolf

In Lappin and Lapinova by Virginia Woolf we have the theme of love, class, discontent, connection, escape, independence and control. Taken from her The Complete Shorter Fiction collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Woolf may be exploring the theme of love. Rosalind and Ernest […]

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Mrs Sen’s by Jhumpa Lahiri

In Mrs Sen’s by Jhumpa Lahiri we have the theme of culture, change, isolation, independence and identity. Taken from her Interpreter of Maladies collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Lahiri may be exploring the theme of culture and just how difficult it can be […]

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Gabriel-Ernest by Saki

In Gabriel-Ernest by Saki we have the theme of suspicion, charity, paranoia, fear, control, trust 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 Saki may be exploring the theme of suspicion. Van Cheele mistrusts Gabriel-Ernest in light […]

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Going Blind by Henry Lawson

In Going Blind by Henry Lawson we have the theme of connection, helplessness, compassion, struggle, fear, respect, optimism and control. Taken from his When the Billy Boils collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and after reading the story the reader realises that Lawson may be exploring the theme of connection. While staying in […]

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A Horse and Two Goats by R.K. Narayan

In A Horse and Two Goats by R.K. Narayan we have the theme of confusion, tradition, culture, identity, arrogance and conflict. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Narayan may be exploring the theme of confusion. Muni is speaking in Tamil while the American is speaking in English. At no […]

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The Open Boat by Stephen Crane

In The Open Boat by Stephen Crane we have the theme of optimism, desperation, determination, disappointment, acceptance and gratitude. The story itself is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and the reader realises after reading the story that Crane may be exploring the theme of optimism. Though some of the men in the boat feel withdrawn and […]

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The Son’s Veto by Thomas Hardy

In The Son’s Veto by Thomas Hardy we have the theme of freedom, class, appearance, insecurity, acceptance and powerlessness. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises after reading the story that Hardy may be exploring the theme of freedom. Sophy does not have the freedom to marry Sam. Though she wishes to do so Randolph […]

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