Short story Essay Examples

Compare and contrast how the two short story writers use the theme of revenge

The two writers Isabel Allende and Guy de Maupassant both use the theme of revenge in many ways in their short stories ‘The school teacher’s guest’ and ‘Vendetta’. Vendetta’s key theme appears to be revenge because of the title, the word Vendetta meaning ‘A bitter, destructive feud.’ Where as “The school teachers guest” seems, from… View Article

Anniversairy suprise – Short Story

John and Wendy had always been the perfect couple. They had practically invented “happily ever after”. After eight years together they were the couple with everything; the perfect relationship, a lifestyle their friends envied and a future others could only dream of. On their anniversary Wendy always made their evening unforgettable. This would be no exception…. View Article

The Tall Woman and Her Short Husband

During the course of this short story the author manages to evoke various different responses to the story. From laughter and humour at the beginning to guilt and remorse at the end. The first section is very thought provoking. The author is making the reader think about what we have read. In this section the… View Article

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