Essay on Short stories

The Great Leapfrog Contest And

In the short stories, ‘The Good Corn’; written by H.E. Bates and ‘The Great Leapfrog Contest’; by William Saroyan techniques such as characters, point of view, setting and structure work together to explore the issue of personal conflict and establish tension between the main characters in each story. An examination of these techniques allow a […]

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Edith Wharton

edTHE SHORT STORIES OF EDITH WHARTON 1). What is a modern heroine? My conception of a modern heroine is a woman who has integrity, puts her ideas into action, can verbally and sometimes physically spar with a man, is aware of her own emotions, and has compassion for others. She is empowered and independent, not […]

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Properties of a Poem

————————————————- UNIT QUESTIONS FROM THIS ACADEMIC YEAR: ————————————————- Short Stories: How are different cultures, attitudes and characters are expressed within the limits of a short story? ————————————————- Othello: How might interpersonal relationships be detrimental to one’s status? ————————————————- Nineteen Eighty-Four:  How does an individual respond to societal manipulation and control? ————————————————- Poetry: How do poets use various […]

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Bernard Malamud Short Stories

Zinsule Bonner Pride Comes Before the Fall In the short stories “The Bill” (1951) and “Take Pity” (1958) by Bernard Malamud, the author focuses on the theme of victimization that can be associated with the characters’ pride, and in their cases, willfulness. In “The Bill,” Ms. Panessa, an elderly woman who partners with her husband […]

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Portrayal of Male Characters in Jhumpa Lahiri’s Selected Short Stories

PORTRAYAL OF MALE CHARACTERS IN JHUMPA LAHIRI’S SELECTED SHORT STORIES ABSTRACT This study analyzes the male characters in Jhumpa Lahiri’s three selected short stories. The formalistic theory chosen to dissect the texts has enable readers to be objective in their interpretation by separating the elements of theme, plot, point of view and the setting of […]

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The Meaning of a Kiss

What a Kiss Means I recently read some interesting short stories titled The Kiss by Kate Chopin and Dante’s Inferno by Dante Alighieri. Both these stories are alike and different in different ways. A comparison of these two short stories is presented throughout this paper. Although, I enjoyed both stories one was easier to picture […]

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The Dead Commentary

Commentary on “The Dead” Dubliners, a collection of short stories by James Joyce is set in the early twentieth century Dublin. Dubliners overwhelms its’ readers with the harsh realities of Ireland’s culture during this chaotic period of time. In the final story, “The Dead”, readers are introduced to Gabriel Conroy, the favorite nephew of the […]

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The Resistance to Change

Change can be seen as costive or negative, but those who are set in their own ways can tend to resist change even when it is needed most. In the two short stories “The Possibility of Evil” and “The Lottery’, both written by Shirley Jackson, there are strong rationalizations as to why change should take […]

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How James Joyce Conveys His Views On Marriage

James Joyce’s views on marriage and the relationship between men and woman are emphatically expressed throughout Dubliners, his collection of short stories, but are particularly foregrounded in my two chosen stories from the married and celibate sections of the mature-life group: ‘A Little Cloud’ and ‘A Painful Case’.These narratives present to the reader two different […]

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A comparison of Red Room and Farthing Hous

Having read and analysed two short stories which both deal with the un-natural, I now intend to compare them in detail. The Red Room is a short story from the nineteenth century, which is about a man who visits a haunted house to prove that there is no ghost or anything of such a nature […]

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Comparing and contrasting features of 5 short stories

The stories that are going to be compared are; The Monkey’s Paw – W. W. Jacobs, The Signalman – Charles Dickens, The Red Room – H. G. Wells, The Murders in the Rue Morgue – Sir Thomas Browne and The Speckled Band: Sherlock Holmes Stories – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. These are all short stories […]

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Knowing, Not Knowing, Humour and Irony in the short stories by HG Wells

HG Wells was well known for writing such books as War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Invisible man and The Island of Doctor Moreau. They were famous and unique because of his innovating idea of science fiction therefore being remembered as ‘the farther of British Science Fiction’. However, he actually wrote in a […]

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Thomas Hardy’s short stories “Tony Kytes – the Arch-Deceiver” and “To Please His Wife”

Thomas Hardy was a well-known author and wrote many stories in the 1800’s. He was highly influenced by women from very early on in his life. It was his mother who encouraged him to be educated. His teacher was also female and he became very close to her. His mother, jealous of this relationship, took […]

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The portrayal of women in Hardy’s ‘The Withered Arm’ and Lawrence’s ‘Odour of Chrysanthemums’

This essay is aimed at comparing and contrasting the portrayal of women in the two short stories, ‘The Withered Arm’ (written by Thomas Hardy) and ‘Odour of Chrysanthemums’ (written by DH Lawrence). Both of these stories are set at different times in history – ‘The Withered Arm’ is set at a pre-industrial date (18th century) […]

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Thomas Hardy’s Short Stories

Born in Higher Bockhampton on the 2nd of June 1840, Thomas Hardy died at Max Gate, his house on the outskirts of Dorchester, on the 11th January 1928. Thomas Hardy once commented to a friend that he would never have written a line of prose if he could have earned his living as a poet, […]

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“The Son’s Veto” and “Samphire”

The two short stories, ‘The Son’s Veto’ and ‘Samphire’ both have much in common, despite the differences of each individual tale. The comparison lies between the two women, both existing as the key characters of their stories. Though the stories illustrate different endings, the inner profundity proves otherwise. Both women could be described as feeble, […]

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Two Kinds vs. Yellow Wallpaper

Two Kinds vs. The Yellow Wallpaper Literature 210 After reading two very different pieces of literature one could come to the conclusion that there are many similarities and many differences between them. By comparing and contrasting the two short stories Two Kinds by Amy Tan, and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilmans we can […]

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Compare The Speckled Band Written By Sir

The two short stories that I am comparing are the pre- twentieth century story, ‘The Speckled Band’ written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1892 to the twentieth century story, ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ written by Roald Dahl in 1954. Both stories come from different periods and this is reflected in the writing, however both […]

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In all of Flannery O’Connor’s short stories, the theme of alienation

In all of Flannery O’Connor’s short stories, the theme of alienation is portrayed at different levels. Most of the characters suffer from moral corruption, mental illness and grotesque appearances. This instantly suggests to us that these characters may be alienated from the rest of their society, as they may be viewed as strangers. The story […]

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The Signalman and The Yellow Wallpaper

The short stories ‘The Signalman,’ and ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ can be both categorised as gothic horror, as various elements of horror can be found within. The authors, Dickens and Gilman successfully convey this to us through their concepts, their use of language, as well as their characters, which are all significant components of the story. […]

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How tension and suspense are created in two short stories

We will be examining how tension and suspense are created in two short stories. I will analyse the use of language, setting, characters and plot to see where tension has been created for he reader. We are looking at ‘The Signalman’, which is a pre-1990 Dickens’ story and ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’, a more modern […]

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