Fiction Essay Topics

Morris Lurie’s ‘Pride and Joy’

Write about how one character from Morris Lurie’s ‘Pride and Joy’ is presented and how this character develops key concerns in the story. Billy in Morris Lurie’s ‘Pride and Joy’ is initially presented as a 16 year old boy who literally lives his life in the footsteps of his abusive, irresponsible, bohemian father, Ned Mathews…. View Article

A Women Of No Importance

Explore the ways Wilde presents late nineteenth century women. What he is saying about the fashionable women of the time, their interests, ideas, attitudes and treatment in A Women f No Importance? A woman of no importance is a play about the upper and middle class. Wilde uses the women to portray is attitudes and… View Article

The two pairs of lovers in ‘Much Ado about Nothing’

‘Much Ado About Nothing’, written in 1598 and set in Messina (Sicily) is one of Shakespeare’s comedies which addresses some very serious social and cultural issues inherent in Renaissance (Elizabethan) society. The play focuses on the relationships and attitudes to marriage of two couples; the mature Beatrice and Benedick and the much younger Hero and… View Article

“Celia behind Me” by Isabel Huggan

“Celia behind Me” is a Canadian short story, which was written by Isabel Huggan and published in 1984. The setting of the short story is a typical neighborhood in Canada, where two girls, Celia and Elizabeth, are living. The short story is written from Elizabeth’s point of view. * The title ‘Celia behind me’ is… View Article

The Meaning of Elephants and The Last Class

The opening of a short story is extremely vital as it is the first the words the reader reads that gives the reader their first impression of the story. The beginning of a short story also introduces and helps the reader to understand the key themes which the story explores. In the stories, The Meaning… View Article

The individual in a repressive society

Compare how Orwell, a British novelist writing in the 1940’s, and Atwood, a female Canadian novelist writing in the 1980’s present the individual in a repressive society. Atwood’s ‘The Handmaids Tale’ and Orwell’s ‘1984’ both present a critique of social structures. The Oceanic society in ‘1984’ shares strong similarities between 20th century dictatorships and can… View Article

Gothic stories

Gothic is a word used in the twelfth century to denote certain types of architecture connected to the settings used by writers. Gothic fiction initiated as a genre in 1765 with Horace Walpole’s novel “Castle of Otranto.” The majority of Gothic writers would take drugs which inspired them to put pen to paper and write… View Article

Comparison of How it happened and The Signalman

The atmosphere in How it happened is full of mystery and energy. The plot moves very quickly, imitating the speed of the automobile as in the story it is said the automobile has a horse power of thirty, ‘Then I remember the big motor, with its glaring headlights and litter of polished brass, waiting for… View Article

The Masque of the Red Death

Examine the ways in which Poe creates a successful allegory in “The Masque of The Red Death.” The short story, “The Masque of The Red Death” is written by an American called Edgar Allan Poe. He was a gothic writer1850’s. This particular story is about Prince Prospero, a prince of a devastated country. Almost everyone… View Article

The Chrysalids by John Windham

By the time David is sixteen, he has undergone a major change in thinking. Not only is he more sure of his views towards Waknuk society and its beliefs, he is more self aware of the dangers of being found out. He has matured greatly; his views are not influenced by his teachings, he has… View Article

Of Mice and Men Critical Evaluation

Question: Write a critical evaluation of the novel “Of Mice and Men” in which you consider the setting, the plot and the author’s style as well as what you think the author was trying to get you to think about through the medium of the story. The novel, “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck… View Article

Explore how women are presented in Veronica and King Schahriar and his brother

“Veronica” and “King Schahriar and his brother” are short stories which focus on two very different female characters. In “King Schahriar and his brother,” the strikingly beautiful and intelligent Scheherazade is a powerful, courageous woman who devises an ingenious scheme to help the girls of her kingdom escape the brutal grasp of the Sultan. “Veronica”on… View Article

Comparison of ‘flight’ and ‘your shoes’

“Flight” by Doris Lessing & “Your shoes” by Michele Roberts deals with conditions of growing up, relationship between generations and most importantly issues of daughter leaving home and how leaving house can affect the whole family. The story “Flight” revolves around the grandfather who doesn’t want his only granddaughter, Alice to get married with love… View Article

How Tim O’Brien Shows the Negative Side of Vietnam

In Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, O’Brien talks about all the parts of the Vietnam War. It shows all the horrors and negative sides of the war and what it can do to men. Many men lose their lives as well as their best friends and comrades. War also changes the soldiers into something… View Article