Short story Essay Topics

“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

Superfudge Review

“Superfudge” tells about the life of eleven-year-old boy – Peter Hatcher and his family. Peter considered his life complicated and unfair – his elder brother Fudge constantly irritated him, and, what was more awful, his parents announced mother was waiting for a baby. Peter found himself in uncertain situation as he was left with a… View Article

The Story of the Star Spangler Banner By Ryan Jacobson

This book is about the history of our National Anthem that was written amidst the war between the people of Maryland who were attacked by a British Fleet. This happened between 1812 and 1814 at the Fort Mc Henry where the faith of the country rested in the waiving of the flag. For 24 hours,… View Article

Khushwant Singh’s “The Wog”

Khushwant Singh’s story entitled “The Wog” is a depiction of Indian culture. Indian’s tradition was merely focused on the religion and cultural composition of their society. Every action must be granted by their Gods. This is symbolization of conservatism and illiteracy not literally but through the emotions and psychological circumstances of the protagonist. In this… View Article

The Wide Net

On the surface the story appears to be about a man’s frantic search for his wife who has claimed to have gone to the river to drown herself.  It begins when William Wallace returns home from a night out with his friends.  He enters the house to find his wife gone and only a note… View Article

The Things They Carried: A Close Look at the Vietnam War

“The Things They Carried” is a short story written in 1986, which is later included in a collection of short stories of the same name.  They are true stories about the experiences of the author, Tim O’Brien, and his fellow American soldiers during the Vietnam War (Blyn 189).  Through the unique format, humanity in the… View Article

Sorry for Disturbing You

Sorry for Disturbing You is a short story written by Richard Knight and its main theme is regretting some of the choices made in life. Two guys are regretting things in this story – an old man called Michael and Ian, who is also the main character. Michael is an old sick man one night… View Article

An Analysis of Three Short Stories and Their Central Theme

Throughout time, one of the most interesting social structures that is worth studying or analyzing would be the family. Needless to say, family plays a very important role in society-building since this is where all of us are able to find our respective identities. The three extraordinary works presented in this analysis will focus on… View Article

To Build a Fire

The purpose of this paper is to introduce, discuss, and analyze the short story “To Build a Fire” by Jack London.  Specifically it will discuss the character of the man in the short story.  The main, unnamed character in “To Build a Fire” is an arrogant and stupid man who did not have to die…. View Article

To Build a Fire

The Yukon setting in “To Build a Fire” is used by the author, Jack London, as a sort of “shorthand” whereby even the most casual of readers will be able to understand the potential lethality and bodily danger such a wilderness presents to the main character of the story,  an understanding which is essential to… View Article

‘Miss Brill’ by Katherine Mansfield

The short story ‘Miss Brill’ written in 1922 by Katherine Mansfield revolves around an elderly woman named Miss Brill. This particular short story is deeply influenced by Mansfield’s private life. Miss Brill is an unmarried, older English woman who lives by herself in a tiny apartment in France. She teaches English to students in France… View Article

Danny and the Ring

Even though the spring sun was out in force, the wind still made Danny’s nose so cold that it wouldn’t stop running. The weatherman said that it was going to rain later, but so far the sunshine made him squint his eyes as he walked. Every day, Danny had to be at work by 7:30… View Article

Treatment of Women in “The Yellow Wallpaper”

            “The Yellow Wallpaper,” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is a short story which gives the reader insight on the plight of women in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. During this time, Gilman makes it clear that women were not only controlled by their husbands, but also by society. The particular elements in “The… View Article

True West by Sam Shepard

True West is a classic of Sam Shepard written in 1981. On the surface, it is mostly about a sibling rivalry of two brothers though there is more to it than that. The comedy, which to some is not very funny, seems to follow the regular standards of plays. The construction of the basic dialogue… View Article

The Alligator River Story

I think the most unethical person in “The Alligator River Story” is Gregory. On my point of view Gregory is the most unethical person in the story. Because the story tells that Abigail and Gregory are lovers, as the man in the relationship he should have obtain the initiative and made his efforts to cross… View Article

Hills Like White Elephants

Hills Like White Elephants tells the story of a woman, Jig, and a man known only as the American, sitting in a train station. Though the story is brief, it has much to say. When reading the story for the first time its full effect doesn’t set in. By taking a closer look and rereading… View Article

Story of Dubliners

The very first story of Dubliners outlines a large theme that can overlay much of the book and may in part be why James Joyce decided to group all of these short stories into one book. The first short story called “Two Sisters” focuses on the paralysis of a young boy as the impending death… View Article

“Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne

This chapter looks at “Young Goodman Brown” from the perspective of the female characters. Baym notes that the protagonists, usually male, reject any sexual relationship with a woman, ordinarily the wife or fiancee (136). Usually, the rejection has a fatal effect on the scorned woman. Baym notes that stories written before 1842 have a female… View Article