Short story Essay Topics

The Colour Purple and What Maisie Knew portray inequality

Compare the ways in which the writers of your two chosen texts portray inequality. In your answer, you must consider relevant contextual factors. (30 marks) ‘The Colour Purple’ by Alice Walker and ‘What Maisie Knew’ by Henry James are strikingly different, not only in terms of their time setting (they are set nearly a century… View Article

In Cold Blood: Creative Writing

My coursework is a short story which includes a diary entry. The diary entry revolves around Lowell Lee Andrews whereas the short story which is in third person deals with Gordon Dale Chappell, the County Sheriff at the time when Andrews killed his family. I have based my coursework on the character of Lowell Lee… View Article

“A Helping Hand” Story

In the story, “A Helping Hand” I am creating a Gothic tale which takes place in the mid-eighteenth century in London, England where the madman of this story takes his hostage, a young dancer by the name of Mary, who is an eighteenth century prostitute, who has something on hand, in which this Gothic creature,… View Article

Analysis on Guy de Maupassant’s The Necklace

There is a great deal in keeping and evoking good and rational values. This is the chief lesson of that famous short story titled ‘The Necklace’ written by Guy de Maupassant (1) in the late Eighteenth Century. This short story tells about the proud-turned-tragic life of Madame Mathilde Loisel who dreams of an aristocratic status… View Article

Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt

Black Elk Speaks by John G. Neihardt is the story told by an Ogalala Lakota Sioux of his life in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Yet Black Elk is reluctant to tell “his” story because he does not separate himself from all life, “my friend, I am going to tell you the story… View Article

“The Sky is Gray” by Ernest Gaines

“The Sky is Gray”, a story written by Ernest Gaines, features a young mind in the person of an eight-year-old black boy, James, who lives in rural Louisiana. As such a young age, James life revolves around the era of social upheaval, racial inequality, poverty, orientation and transformation from a boy to a man, and… View Article

The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurty

The Last Picture Show is a story of isolation and dysfunction. Death is also a prevailing theme – death of a town, of friendships, of marriages and of friends. It is a story full of characters that can seem larger than life one moment and inconsequential the next moment. As different as they all appear… View Article

The parable of the sadhu

Introduction An American businessman (Bowen H. McCoy) meets a dying sadhu (Indian holy man) while on a climbing expedition at Nepal with a friend (Stephen) and some other groups (New Zealanders, Swiss, and Japanese). He reviews the various reactions of the groups (including the porters and tour guides) and the conflict they go through before… View Article

The Outcasts of Poker Flat

The short story The Outcasts of Poker Flat seeks to explore the themes of unfair and biased judgments in the hands of inappropriate individuals in authority, behavioral effects on appearance versus  reality and the power of nature to influence the fate of man using the California Gold rush of the 1850’s as a background setting…. View Article

The Relic Short Story

“Come here child…” the old man said to me. It was getting late and I had to go home, but there was something in his voice that beckoned me to take notice. I stopped in my tracks. There in the middle of the empty sidewalk where I was walking along.             “Come.. come… I have… View Article

Explication of a Story – `The Red Convertible` by Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich’s story entitled “the Red Convertible” is a depiction of brotherhood and selfless love. Lyman and Henry as the protagonists in the story illustrated the life of being an individual with a set of notion towards their dependence to one another. The author described the differences and similarities of the two characters as they… View Article

Lack of Mother’s Love Leads to Self Destruction

In D. H. Lawrence’s short story “The Rocking-Horse Winner,” Paul’s determination, hunger for love and self-destructiveness result from a lack of love from his mother. Living in a family that equates money with luck, and love, Paul misunderstands what he needs to do to be considered successful. The result of his mother’s self absorption and… View Article

The Short Bus: A Journey beyond Normal

Descriptive Summary             The short Bus: A Journey beyond Normal is a narrative of author Jonathan Mooney’s personal trip across the United States in pursuit of answers with regard to dealing with disability in a prejudiced society.  The memoir is written in the first person point of view in order to make the author’s intentions… View Article

Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies

The Third and Final Continent is the last short story in Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies; and is probably the most memorable one. A newly married young man makes his way from India to England and then to the US where he is making arrangements to call his wife from back home. Lahiri’s tone from… View Article