Short story Essay Topics

“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

Climax, Symbolize and Theme in the Lottery

“The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is a very famous American short story. It was published in the June 26, 1948, issue of the The New Yorker. Written the same month it was published. It is ranked today as “one if the most famous short stories in the history of America literature.” It has been studied… View Article

Sherman Alexie’s “Do You Know Where I Am”

Sherman Alexie’s short fictional story, “Do You Know Where I Am,” begins with a Native American narrator named David, and he tracks his relationship with his wife, Sharon, until her untimely death at the end. All was peachy with this couple until they happened to stumble upon a black cat that an elderly couple had… View Article

Eng Comparing and Contrasting Literary Forms

Poetry, drama and short story are literary forms that provide readers with entertainment, insight, pleasure, escape and sometimes information. Readers can find satisfaction in any of the three genres because the styles, variations, language and themes cater to everyone’s preference: tragedy, comedy, profanity or just for pleasure. There is a piece of literary work to… View Article

What It’s Like to Be a Black Girl by Patricia Smith

Comparison of “What it’s like to be a black girl” and Country Lovers Many people don’t realize just how far back African American Literature dates back to, it really started back in the 18th century. These types of scripts have a tendency to concentrate on topics of racism, inner struggles, slavery, prejudice, and the quest… View Article

Theme and Symbols of I Used to Live Here Once

The story “I used to live here once” is a short story based on a woman’s journey returning to a place she once called home. The author uses symbols throughout the story to demonstrate to the reader that the woman is no longer alive. The ultimate theme is not discovered until the end of the… View Article

How My Stories Were Written

Have u ever read a story where you were related to or change your life? In the short story by Bulosan, he uses a few literary elements such as setting, and irony to show how someone’s life can be change by a storyteller. In the following, I will explain what is the role of the… View Article

Lord of the Flies vs. the Destructors

Fiction looks at all ranges of topics through the eyes of so many diverse characters. Lord of the Flies and The Destructors is no different in the sense you see two extremely striking situations through the eyes of surprising characters. These stories both take a look at society and the primitive aspects it can have…. View Article

The Monkey’s Paw Literary Response

The short story , The Monkey’s Paw , was a chilling novel about the White family (Mr. White , Mrs. White , Herbert )and how they used a talisman to change there fate , but not for what they had hoped for . The author introduces this story on a cold , wet night which… View Article

Rabindranath Tagore Selected short stories

Profit and Loss This narrative briefly describes the short, sorrowful life of Nirupama. The name signifies ‘peerless one’ and was given to her by her parents, who were gratified with a daughter after having had five sons. Being treasured, her father searched long and hard to find a groom he deemed suitable enough for her…. View Article

The Necklace: Summary/Central Idea/Character Analysis

In the short story “The Necklace” the author Guy de Maupassant portrays a character named Mathilde Loisel who married a clerk and had delusions of being rich. One day her husband brings her an invitation to go to a formal party but refuses to go because she has no dress or jewelry. So her husband… View Article

The Realist Short Story of the Powerful Glimpse

McGill University professor Kerry McSweeney’s The Realist Short Story of the Powerful Glimpse should be well received by Carver scholars. While the book includes chapters on the merits of realist fiction writers Anton Chekhov, James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, and Flannery O’Connor, it reads, in some ways, as a book on Carver’s influences. The chapter on… View Article

The Red Convertible Short Story Analysis

“The Red Convertible” by Louise Erdrich is a short story about two Native American brothers, Lyman and Henry, and their growing bond as brothers. Symbolism is used rather heavily in this story. One of the main symbols of the story, as noted in the title, is the red convertible. The red convertible symbolizes the relationship… View Article

The Scarlet Ibis

How would you feel if you were pushed beyond your limit? In this short story “The Scarlet Ibis.” Doodle is a character who is pushed beyond his limit by an unappreciative/selfish older brother. The three things I’ll summarize in this story are: Doodle being pushed too hard, the eldest brother secretly wanting to kill Doodle,… View Article

“The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin

I chose to discuss the short story by Kate Chopin, “The Story of an Hour”. I will identify the theme and the literary elements that helped me with my analysis. I would consider the story “The Story of an Hour” to be the story of love and boosting the ego. There are many literary elements… View Article

A Birthday Remembered

Love is very complicated, not just butterflies in one’s stomach, but it also involves a lot of pain. The pain is not easy to drain. We have to confront ourselves with the pain and get over it, but that’s easier said than done. We restrain our feelings and try to forget them. This only causes… View Article

A Love in La and Good Man Hard to Find

I observe only one similarity in both stories, which they were on a road and crash cars, this is an only similarity in those two stories which I can think of it. I did not notice any of the characters of both stories in the sense of similarity. But the jack and grandmother were kind… View Article

A Rose for Emily: Demonstrate of Homer as the Victim

Emily is clearly a villain in the short story, “A Rose for Emily.” Although much of her character came from her father’s abuse, she remains responsible for her actions. In the story, Emily is obsessed with avoiding change. She is a symbol of the old South, and clearly represents the few traditionalists following the Civil… View Article

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

This essay will emphasize on whether or not the author of the story, “A Visit from the Goon Squad”, Jennifer Egan, thinks that adult behavior is shaped by one’s youth. The essay will focus on discussing the view of the author concerning whether one’s youth is responsible for shaping his or her adult behaviors. The… View Article

A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin

In the short story A Pair of Silk Stockings by Kate Chopin, we see a great example of realism in the daily life of an average woman after the civil war. Mrs. Sommers lived her early life with a decent amount of luxury, but after getting married and having several kids, she has become quite… View Article

Better Decisions, Better Life

John Updike, who is known for his brilliant prose style and the sensual details in his stories, takes everyday tasks and gives a whole new perspective to it. Like in “A&P”, which is a narrative from the perspective of a nineteen-year-old boy working in the checkout line. Even though Sammy is just an average boy,… View Article

Basic Essay

Introduction This forms the beginning of your essay. It tells the examiner, or your teacher, that you understand the question and gives them an idea of the plan that you have to answer the essay. Give a very brief summary of the text or a definition, if necessary. Answer the question that was asked, without… View Article

Happy Endings by Margaret Atwood Analysis

Margaret Atwood’s ‘‘Happy Endings’’ first appeared in the 1983 Canadian collection, Murder in the Dark, and it was published in 1994 for American audiences in Good Bones and Simple Murders. Subtitled ‘‘Short Fiction and Prose Poems,’’ Murder in the Dark featured four types of works: autobiographical sketches, travel notes, experimental pieces addressing the nature of… View Article

Literary Analysis and Criticism of “The Tell-Tale Heart”

Human beings have all experienced guilt, the consequence of committing a wrong, and the manipulation it has on decisions. In the short story “The Tell-Tale Heart,” author Edgar Allan Poe demonstrates the theme that guilt is strong and has the power to overcome conscience; he uses characterization, the conflict, and symbolism to communicate this message…. View Article

“On the Sidewalk Bleeding” by Evan Hunter

In the short story “On the Sidewalk Bleeding” by Evan Hunter, we learn that the main character of the story, Andy, is struggling to remove his jacket while he lay in an alley bleeding. We also learned that it was very painful for Andy to move, let alone take off the silk jacket, but he… View Article

Outline for Araby and Hills

Six elements of fiction :plot, character, setting, point of view, voice and style, and theme. “The theme of a story abstracts its meaning from the concrete details of its plot, point of view, characterization, setting, and style” “Theme is a generalization about the meaning of a story. It is more than the subject of the… View Article

Raymond Carver

Raymond Carver was a short story writer who was born in the Pacific Northwest. He was a textbook editor, lecturer and teacher while writing. His stories featured some of his trademarks of, alcohol, poverty, and people in real life situations. Carver was influenced to write about these trademarks through experiences he had lived and influences… View Article

Research Proposal

I would like to write about a famous Arabic writer, Naguib Mahfouz. His poetry and works inspire me a lot and I enjoy reading his things. My father always used to read them to me, because his poems were true. Mahfouz always talks about the issues affecting the people of Egypt: generational, historical, religious, and… View Article

Symbolism of the Journey

Symbolism is an important aspect of literary works because through it the craftsman of the work is able to communicate his views and ideas which might not be apparent from the work unless thought upon from a critical angle. Through the course of this paper, I intend to analyze and compare the symbolism in two… View Article