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Sorry for the loss - Bridget Keehan

A – Write an essay (900-1200 words) in which you analyse and interpret Bridget Keehan’s short story “Sorry for the Loss”. Part of your essay must focus on the narrative technique and the use of contrast. “Sorry for the Loss” (2008) starts in medias res and is a short story written by Bridget Keehan. The story takes place in a prison in England, and follows the main character, Evie, as the viewer of the story’s 3rd person narrator. Evie is…...

Roald dahl short story analysis

Short Story Analysis Roald Dahl was one of the most prolific and influential writers of the 20th century. He wrote for both children and adults alike. However, his adult stories usually have a lot darker topics.. In the short stories "Mrs.Bixpy and the Colonel's Coat", "Nunc Dimmitis" and "The Visitor", Roald Dahl plays with the idea that physical attraction is stronger than emotional attraction and he reinforces the theme that those who betray, deceive and manipulate eventually do get brought to justice, through dark humor…...

Strengths and Weaknesses of Kate Oliver’s Analysis of “Good Country People”

Kate Oliver’s analysis of Flannery O’Connor’s “Good Country People” claims that Joy-Hulga’s physical symbolizes her emotional impairments. By going into detail of the context of O’Connor’s original short story, Kate Oliver is able to make an overall moderately strong argument of how she feels she is correct in her analysis. Oliver is able to make a strong argument when she writes about Joy-Hulga’s emotional detachment and artificial beliefs, yet could have went into more details instead of being so vague…...

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Review of Short Story No Witchcraft for Sale

Themes It basically deals with the conflict between traditional medicine (the "witchcraft") which was free and comes naturally, and the pharmaceutical which the doctors profit from. Who owns the knowledge about medicinial plants? Should these medicines be free or should you have to pay for them? It's an overgeneralization, but witchcraft involves a lot of the use of natural herbs and other natural things to heal. "No Witchcraft for Sale" also deals with different races and social classes. [Summary of…...

James Joyce - An encounter

An encounter is a short story and also a part of the collection named Dubliners written by James Joyce in 1914. Dubliners is a great literary work of the 20th Century, a real masterpiece. Because of its structure and unity of themes, it can be read as a novel. The stories are based on the author’s personal experiences in Ireland. They are stories of desperate lives lived on the margins. Dublin was, to Joyce, ‘the centre of paralysis’. An encounter…...

Stylistic analysis of a short story "Laura"

The story under analysis is titled "Laura". It is written by British author, master of the short story Hector Hugh Munro, better known by the pen name Saki. The very story belongs to fiction genre with a unique touch of mystery, psychological themes, as it concerned with two main heroines' (Laura and Amanda) emotional states. The tone of the story is full of irony and even sarcasm, especially in the dialogues and closing lines. The mysterious ideas and incredible circumstances…...

"The Yellow Wallpaper" Essay

“The Yellow Wallpaper” is a chilling tale of a woman forced to insanity, yet her mental state is a double edged sword. What brings her down is, in the end, her savior. The doctors in the narrator’s life give her the worst advice possible for the outcome they desire. She is forced to do nothing, and instead of pulling her back to normality, the dreariness pushes her further and further away. Left with nothing to occupy her mind, her mind…...

Short Story About My Life

Today I learn how to stack boxes in to shelf, for example Gatorade, Food cans etc. Working at a church is somewhat tiring but you’ll get a lot of exercise. Especially working out your biceps and your arms and legs etc. Helping the needs is a wonderful thing to do, especially around your community like a church, Food bank, shelter etc. Doing community service is a good life experience to learn new things and to help out around your community.…...

Regret by Kate Chopin

In the short story "Regret" by Kate Chopin, a woman named Mamzelle Aurelie has to watch a neighbor's four children for two weeks. Mamzelle is an old and lonely woman who never believed in love or marriage. She has never had a man, nor been married, and lives alone on her farm with some animals. She also has African Americans, or "negroes", who work around her house for maintenance. Because of a dangerous illness that her mother acquired, the younger…...

Reflection Writing of The Drover’s Wife by Henry Lawson

I’ve never been reading a tremendous story such “The Drover’s Wife” before. “The Drover’s wife” was written by Henry Lawson is a short story about a woman who live in a bush with her four children and a dog, Aligance, while her husband didn’t at home because of driving. The story wants to mention on the woman who was a good mother and also a strong lady. In a dangerous event, there was a snake in her house. In order…...

Analysis of Central Idea in Helena Maria Viramontes’ “The Moths”

The short story “The Moths” by Helena Maria ViraMontes is the story of a Latina granddaughter reminiscing about her relationships between herself and family, most specifically with her grandmother, when the narrator was a teenage girl. The narrator speaks about the indifference she felt among her sisters because she feels she was not pretty enough and could not “do the girl things they could do” (ViraMontes 1118.) Furthermore she expresses that she is always in trouble and she is used…...

The short story: The Juggler

“I want to believe in faith and risk and a world where you can stand beneath the grey October sky and flash your own colours through the air like a magician” (218 -221, p. 6). These beautiful lines constitute the final conclusion of the short story, “The Juggler”, written by Ursula Hegi and published in 2001. The story deals with themes such as beauty, letting go and being stuck in the past. The short story takes place in Coeur d’…...

Two Kinds by Amy Tan Literary

The short story “Two Kinds,” is a story in which a young Chinese child is struggling with her mother that wants so badly to change her into this average American girl. Or so the daughter thought, her mother was trying to get her daughter to understand that she can achieve anything that strives to do as long as she focuses and puts her mind to it. Jing-Mei thought her mother was trying to control her life and she just wanted…...

Analysis of ”Good People” by David Foster Wallace

Analysis of ”Good People” by David Foster Wallace, 2007 The short story is set at a park by a lake. “They were up on a picnic table at that park by the lake, by the edge of the lake, with part of a downed tree in the shallows half hidden by the bank.” The downed tree sets the mood to be sad and dark. We also learn that the main characters Lane A. Dean, Jr. and his girlfriend Sheri Fisher…...

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Film and Book Compare/Contrast

Originally written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is a short story unlike any other. It tells the story of a man who is born as a fragile, elderly individual who physically, becomes younger as he grows older mentally.The warped sense of time and aging in this story makes it incredibly unique and interesting. In 2008 the story written by F. Scott Fitzgerald was made into a film. Although the film and the short story are…...

Lebron James: Failure is Success

“I’ve failed over and over again in my life and that is why I succeeded,” is the quote that I choose to open up my This I Believe essay and now I have branched that out into a digital story. My digital story has the songs “Cinema” and “Gotta Have It” and it is about the struggles that Lebron James had to endure in order to get his championship ring. The theme of my digital story and essay is, in…...

Examining Christian Symbolism in “A White Heron”

Symbolism is a very prominent attribute contained within Sarah Orne Jewett’s short story, “A White Heron”. The short story takes its reader through the short exploration that the main character, Sylvia, goes through when she is faced with making a decision that may lead to the end of a beautiful bird’s life. Many critics have analyzed and debated the many symbols contained within the story. Victoria Freivogel, an English teacher from Louisiana, wrote an essay which examines what she considers…...

Review of Interpreter of Maladies Short Stories

Poor communication and unexpressed feelings cause distress for characters in the stories.’ Discus In Jhumpa Lahiri’s collection of short stories ‘Interpreter of Maladies’, poor communication and suppressed feelings result in distress for characters. Many protagonists in these stories have all been through some sort of anxiety due to impaired communication with those around them. Mrs Das in ‘Interpreter of Maladies’ seeks consolation for her guilt from Mr Kapasi, whom was having difficulty himself communicating with his wife. In ‘Sexy’, Miranda…...

Family Ties

"Lispector’s writing can often be interpreted as symbolic, yet it is at the same time highly sophisticated and original. Discuss a particular pattern in her imagery or symbolism and its effect on the reader." Often authors write with symbolism to communicate a deeper idea then what they what is presented. Symbolism opens doors for readers to have the freedom of going in to find meaning. Most of the time they use objects, actions and characters to offer the readers more…...

Short Story “Crossing” by Mark Slouka

Trust and family relationships are the two main themes in the short story “Crossing” by Mark Slouka. The story tells us about a father, who is going through a tough period, and his relationship to his son. He wants to obtain trust from his son trough a trip in the nature but runs into some challenges on his way. The father in the short story takes his son on a trip to a place at a river, because he wants…...

About Revenge Essay

If there is one thing that has been prevalent since human interaction began, it is the concept of revenge. Everyone has a moment in their life where someone does them wrong, and they want nothing more than to get back at the person who is responsible. While this reaction is completely normal, the results of actually acting on these feelings usually end badly for everyone involved. One of the main reasons that revenge does not typically end well is because…...

Comparison of Protagonists in Flannery O'Conner's Short Stories

In both his works of fiction, “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” and “Greenleaf”, Flannery O'Conner paints a rather grim picture. The protagonists in both the short stories share several common traits. In the story, “A Good Man Is Hard To Find”, the Grandmother, who remains unnamed throughout, is a vile woman, who is also selfish and a complete hypocrite. Yet, she continues to judge other people for what she perceives to be their shortcomings. She is a woman…...

The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe

In all literature, and more specifically in essays or short stories there are a large number of literally elements used. The six most consistent ones are characters, plot, setting, symbols, point-of-view, and purpose. All of these together combine to create a vast number of novels, essays, and short stories that we all know today. Some of the best well-known stories are Hills like White Elephants by Hemmingway, Why we Crave Horror Movies by King, The Yellow Wallpaper by Gilman, and…...

Short Story The Pit and The Pendulum

Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum" takes location throughout the Spanish Inquisition. The morbid narrative consist on an innocent man's worries coming to life after he is sentenced to death. "The Pit and the Pendulum" showcases the style of terror and ruthlessness by establishing descriptive setting, extreme plot, and innovative irony. Setting is a huge part of the thesis because it catches the readers attention to see what the character sees. One of the most prominent setting Poe…...

“A Rose for Emily” Plot/Structure

The plot of “A Rose for Emily” separates from the structure of most short stories by not following the normal chronological order. William Faulkner uses flashbacks to give a better understanding of the internal conflict between the protagonist, Miss Emily, and society. The nonlinear plot structure of “A Rose for Emily” gives life to the story and creates a different way of comprehending the narrative by keeping the reader confused on what exactly is happening. Faulkner begins the first section…...

"Good People"

Love is among the only words in this world that can't be sufficiently described in words. Yet it is the strongest human emotion and most powerful force in the universe that dominates all, makes our lives worth living, and picks our direction. In the 2 short stories the authors utilize their design, meaning and viewpoint to finest portray two different circumstances that both focus on love. In "Good Individuals" by David Foster Wallace 19 years of age university student impregnates…...

Short Story The Mummy's Foot by Theophile Gautier

The style of a story sets the mood for the piece. It is 'the way in which an author writes and/or tells' ('Literary Terms') their story. In this case, the stories are written in a Gothic style. This emphasizes death, horror, and high emotions such as fear and suspense. Edgar Allen Poe writes a story about a character who is wrestling with guilt and confusing it for madness, all the while trying to convince the audience that he is not…...

Ray Bradbury’s “There Will Come Soft Rains” Analysis

Many of Ray Bradbury’s novels tend to focus around the idea that humans downfall will be due to the increased attention to technology and machines are incapable of human emotion. Unlike most short stories, “There Will Come Soft Rains” does not have any human characters. It is just an automated house. The house performs a routine, similar to a human’s. It makes pancakes, cleans itself, reads poems in the study and more. But for whom? The family that used to…...

Obsession of Perfection

The relentless pursuit of human perfection has always been an intrinsic trait of human nature and science has been a mean to achieve it. This statement brings us to the main idea of Hawthorne's short story "The Birth-mark." It shows the story of a scientist who is obsessed with the removal of his wife's birthmark, considering it a symbol of her human imperfection. "The Birth-mark" is possibly influenced by Hawthorne's times where science began to gain knowledge about our world…...

Narrative and Descriptive

The purpose in between a story and detailed essay differ from each other because of how you desire to convey the story and how to achieve the function. In How to Say Nothing in 500 Words, by Paul McHenry Roberts, the desired audience is for trainees and writers, and in Again to the Lake, by E. B. White, it is for readers who had experience with sharing a minute with their enjoyed ones, which both stories achieve a specific audience.…...

To Kill A Mockingbird Characters

Jeremy Atticus Finch, also known as Jem, is a boy of 13 in the classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. He is a curious and mature young man, who has to learn a few lessons along the way. Lizabeth is a young girl who lives in a poverty struck family, in the short story, Marigolds. Lizabeth is allowed to run free and not have to go to school. These two, what seems like polar opposite, characters share many similarities and…...

Against racism

Racism dates back thousands and thousands of years back to the caveman times. In the short story “Desiree’s Baby”, Kate Chopin shows how discrimination by skin color can affect people. Desiree was abandoned and raised by Madame Valmonde. Armand, the father of the baby, was a member of the most notable families in Louisiana. He falls in love with Desiree and marries her. After they have a baby, their relationship quickly corrodes. A few months later, Armand realizes the baby’s…...

Lord of the Flies

Essays should be based on a student’s personal experience or observations. The essay should show how a Law of Life applies to a student’s life. Essays that focus on a historical character or that read like a book review are not winning essays. Essays should contain a “law of life” expressed as a maxim, saying, or quote. (“Honesty is the best policy” is a Law of Life; the word “honesty” is not. Essays that do not contain a saying or…...

‘The Tell Tale Heart’ : Is He Truly Insane

“The man denies that he is insane. He offers proof. Can you believe him?” (Poe, 22) This is one of the most intriguing lines in the short story ‘The Tell Tale Heart’ written by Edgar Allan Poe. This quote defines the whole purpose of the short story in fewer than two sentences. The whole story is dedicated to proving that the narrator in the short story is actually, sane. Due to many pieces of evidence, one can have various opinions…...

Distinctively Visual - Henry Lawson

Henry Lawson’s Short Stories Q1 Describe one significant image from one of Henry Lawson’s Short stories. One significant image from ‘The Loaded Dog’ is the creation of the ‘formidable bomb’ that Andy constructs ‘to blow the fish up’. Lawson gives us a detailed description of the making of the cartridge. He uses adjectives, adverbs and exaggeration, to emphasis the danger it represents –‘three times the size of those they use in the rock’ and ‘big enough to blow the bottom…...

Distinctively Visual

Composers create distinctively visual images to draw aspects that they are presenting in their texts. This helps the reader to understand and visualise the characters responses to significant aspects of life. The Author Henry Lawson uses these distinctive images in his short stories ‘The Drovers Wife’ and ‘The Loaded Dog’ to help portray the harsh realities of living in the Australian bush. These realities create significant experiences for the individuals in his stories as they are faced with hardships, mateship…...

Transcript of a Short Story A Moonlight Fable

A Moonlight Fable H.G.Wells Background Beginning Middle Ending Ending Cont. Middle Cont. Symbols H.G. Wells was an English author in the science fiction genre. He is known as the "Father of Science Fiction." He began studying in biology and soon wrote novels on the Darwinian theory. Wells is known for his haunting and unpredictable stories. A mother sews a suit for her son and he loves it so much he wants to wear it all the time. His mother insists…...

Symbolism and Magical Realism of Gabriel Marquez

In "A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings," I intend to explore how Gabriel Marquez applies symbolism and utilizes magical realism to confront religious beliefs along with an allegory style of writing to reflect his views on religion and society. This story may not be meant by Marquez to be a direct threat to religion, but it does reflect the challenges of the world against things related to religion. So firstly I need to define allegory and how Marquez uses…...

"Mother" by Grace Paley

The Jewish Grace Paley was born in 1922 and grew up in the Bronx, New York. Quite dedicated in the civil rights movement she started writing short stories in the fifties. Additionally, Paley was involved in the women’s- and the peace movement. She wrote a number of short stories but got never done a whole book. Her stories contain mostly daily people from different ethnic groups, especially of the Jewish population. Grace Paley often tells her stories in an ironical…...

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