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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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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In Lieu of a Lesson by Ugochukwu Udorji

In the short story In Lieu of a Lesson by Ugochukwu Udorji we have the theme of disappointment, pride, connection, arrogance and happiness. Narrated in the first person by a man called Chris it becomes clear to the reader from the beginning of the story that Udorji may be exploring the theme of disappointment. The […]

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The Woman at the Bus Stop by Mohan Rakesh

In The Woman at the Bus Stop by Mohan Rakesh we have the theme of control, selfishness, abuse, fear and paralysis. Taken from the Best Indian 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 Rakesh may be […]

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The Intruder by Peter Songa

In The Intruder by Peter Songa we have the theme of modernity, education, innocence, colonization and selfishness. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator it becomes clear to the reader after reading the story that Songa may be exploring the theme of modernity. Mungo finds it interesting that the Maasai continue to be […]

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The Olive Tree by Tololwa Marti Mollel

In The Olive Tree by Tololwa Marti Mollel we have the theme of fear, control, responsibility and patriarchy. Narrated in the first person by a young boy the reader realises that the narrator is a being controlled by his grandfather and chosen to get him an olive tree leaf. This may seem to be normal […]

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The Pig by Doris Lessing

In The Pig by Doris Lessing we have the theme of control, infidelity, letting go and disappointment. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Lessing may be exploring the theme of control. The farmer appears to get great joy out of controlling his […]

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Noorjehan by Ahmed Essop

In Noorjehan by Ahmed Essop we have the theme of tradition, marriage, fear, desperation, hope and paralysis. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed male teacher the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Essop may be exploring the theme of tradition. Though the story is set in the late twentieth century […]

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Justice by Ethiopian Traditional

In Justice, a traditional Ethiopian tale, we have the theme of justice, mistaken identity, gratitude, disconnection, fear and anger. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator it becomes clear to the reader after reading the story that the story teller is exploring the theme of mistaken identity. The woman mistakenly believes that the […]

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Different Values by Barbara Makhalisa

In Different Values by Barbara Makhalisa we have the theme of patriarchy, control, connection, change, freedom, happiness and paralysis. Narrated in the first person by a woman called Liza it becomes clear to the reader after reading the story that Makhalisa may be exploring the theme of patriarchy. Liza is a maid whose entire life […]

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The Girl With a Twisted Future by Mia Couto

In The Girl With a Twisted Future by Mia Couto we have the theme of exploitation, control, anguish, paralysis, determination and happiness. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Couto may be exploring the theme of exploitation. Joseldo is forcing his daughter, Filomeninha, […]

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Flight 303 by Suresh Chopra

In Flight 303 by Suresh Chopra we have the theme of freedom, appearance, respect, temptation and desperation. Narrated in the first person by a man called Chopsy it becomes clear to the reader after reading the story that Chopra may be exploring the theme of freedom. Rummy has been caught for a robbery and is […]

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Maguni’s Bullock Cart by Godavarish Mohapatra

In Maguni’s Bullock Cart by Godavarish Mohapatra we have the theme of loss, struggle, progress, loyalty and fear. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Mohapatra may be exploring the theme of loss. Maguni has died and those in the town who knew […]

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The Blue Hills Where the Sun Never Sets by Hugh Gantzer

In The Blue Hills Where the Sun Never Sets by Hugh Gantzer we have the theme of imperialism, change, tradition, power and control. Narrated in the first person by an unnamed woman the reader realises from the beginning of the story that Gantzer may be exploring the theme of imperialism. Life in the mountains has […]

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A Home Near the Sea by Kamala Das

In A Home near the Sea by Kamala Das we have the theme of poverty, dreams, jealousy, generosity, loyalty and control. Narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator it becomes clear to the reader after reading the story that Das may be exploring the theme of poverty. Arumugham and his wife are homeless […]

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The Pounding Room by Bentley Little

In The Pounding Room by Bentley Little we have the theme of fear, uncertainty, curiosity, trust and letting go. Narrated in the first person by a man called Charles Nichols it becomes clear to the reader after reading the story that Little may be exploring the theme of fear. Charles is afraid of the environment […]

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