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  • Short Story - 840 words
    Hurry up, Lisa! Make a wish and blow the candles! exclaimed Mr and Mrs. Jones. It was Lisas 7th birthday and the Jones were celebrating it in their large, luxurious living room. Lisa was the happiest girl because she basically had everything, every toy she wanted. Her parents had her in their mid forties, so Lisa was a very valuable gift to them. So that was the reason why they bought her everything she asked for, making her the happiest yet the brattiest kid on earth. After Lisa made a wish and blew her candles off, Mr. Jones brought a huge box wrapped in fancy paper. With excitement, Lisa hurriedly unwrapped the box and took our the precious gift that was lying there. Lisa stared into the ...
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  • A Review Of Short Story The Luncheon By W S Maugham - 1,111 words
    W S Maugham was young and nave, and was living in Paris, some twenty years from the time of writing this striking short story with a twist of irony. His first literary works were just published. Like any young writer, he craved for admiration. And that's what he got when he received a fan mail from a lady, lavishly praising one of his just published works. He was elated and wrote back thanking her. Then he receives a letter from the same admirer stating that she was passing through Paris and was interested to have a chat with the author. As she had a busy schedule and suggested that author might consider treating her with a little luncheon at Foyot's on the following Thursday when she would ...
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  • The Short Story - 970 words
    A short story is, by definition an invented prose narrative shorter than a novel usually dealing with a few characters and aiming at unity of effect and often concentrating on the creation of mood rather than plot (Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary). Short stories contain certain elements, which consist of the following: plot, characters, theme and setting (Axelrod and Cooper The St. Martins guide to writing 383). In addition, the Short story is told from a specific point of view. All the elements of a short story are used in a specific way in order to comment on a part of our lives as members in a collective society. In order to have a story there must be a series of circumstances kno ...
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  • The Conflict In The Short Story Hands - 1,295 words
    "Hands, by Sherwood Anderson, is a story that seems to be stripped of sentimentality, yet conveys emotion. Anderson tells the somber story of a misunderstood and wrongfully accused man. The protagonist, Wing Biddlebaum, failed to communicate his true self. His inner desires were repressed because conventions and tradition distorted and twisted them. As mentioned before, the central character in Hands is Wing Biddlebaum. He is clearly a round character because he has more than one side to his personality throughout the story. Wing is dynamic because he makes a change from a kind, outgoing, enthusiastic teacher to a withdrawn, frightened person. For as much as Wing is described, there are stil ...
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  • Ray Bradburys Short Story The Millionyear Picinic - 442 words
    Ray Bradbury is one of the most well known science fiction writers of the twentieth century. His stories have been used on television, radio , theater, film, newspapers, and have been published in every major American magazine (Bradbury 205). His style of writing as seen in Th Martian Chronicals leaves many unanswered questions so the readers's imagination is left to wander at all the possibitities. It is this magnetic quality in his writings that makes the reader not want to put the book down. Bradbury's ability of putting the reader in a spellbound state has made his writings successful and profitable. His imagination is intensely involved in his stories and these fantasies and dreams are ...
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  • Censorship Short Story - 1,338 words
    The pleading breaths and throbbing heart of the man echoed through the tangibly silent darkness of the crisp midnight air. A shot rang out as he collapsed and struggled to breathe through the warm liquids that filled his severed esophagus. Suffocation overcame him while two more equally fatal shots were delivered into his chest and spinal column. Three pale gray uniforms emerged from their assigned sentinels and, without any disgust or remorse, carried his limp murdered body down through a staircase and into Aemmix. Seeming all too early, Dathan concluded he was dreaming, yet an electronic shriek followed by the groans of a multitude of men were proof this was no dream. Without thinking, he ...
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  • Short Story - 566 words
    Eric rubbed the sleep off his eyes and took farewell of Trabant. He walked away from the place where he had spend the night. He felt hunger and started to search hi pockets for some money. He found some small change but not enough to buy himself a breakfast. He walked towards the market. Suddenly a man grabbed his shoulder. - Hey, Eric need some money? The man said. - Oh It's you, Tyrel, Yee I suppose so. - Good Eric! The same price as always? In the same time Sophia woke up. She took a quick shower and walked downstairs to the dining room to have breakfast. Her parents where already there, dad was reading the morning paper and mom sat and polished her nails. Sophia sat down beside the table ...
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  • I'll Always Love You - Short Story - 1,190 words
    Good night mom and dad; I'll see you in the morning, and I'm really sorry." Tiffany said as she trudged up the stairs. It was just a couple days before Christmas, and ever since Tiffany and Megan had goten out of school for Christmas break, Megan had spent every night with her boyfriend, Derrick. "I always have to be home by 10:00 no matter what. It's not fair; I'm 15 years old, I'm not a child anymore and I think I can take care of myself. Just because Megan is seventeen she thinks she can do anything. Why are things so unfair," Tiffany thought to herself as she got ready for bed. As she laid in bed that night so many thoughts went through her mind. "It didn't seem like I had as many gifts ...
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  • Short Story Characters - "the Bath" And "good Morning Wardrobe" - 699 words
    Question: With close reference to AT LEAST TWO short stories that you have studied, show how the author(s) have used the characters to present insights into the worlds the characters inhabit. Essay Answer: Social isolation in a societal world is an engaging theme explored by many short stories. Janet Frame has successfully done this in her story The Bath and Edith Campion has in Good Morning Wardrobe using similar techniques. The two authors explore social isolation by illustrating each main character through descriptive imagery, writing structure, and internal monologue. Firstly, the descriptive imagery that each writer uses successfully presents the main character of the story. Frames name ...
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  • Edgar Allen Poe Short Story; "cask Of Amontillado" - 702 words
    Humans are very complicated. For many years, human beings have been trying to figure out how the body works physically and mentally. Researches led to many discoveries in the human physical body, but the human mind is still relatively mysterious. Whenever a person does not follow the societys guidelines, he or she, often enough, is considered mentally ill. In Edgar Allan Poes short story The Cask of Amontillado, the highly descriptive imageries demonstrate how Montresors preoccupation with pride can easily lead to madness. In addition, with the aid of precise information, the author demonstrates how Montresor can embody human nature and through this character suggests that every human can be ...
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  • Zora Neale Hurston's Short Story Sweat - Religious Symbols - 550 words
    Zora Neale Hurstons short story Sweat is filled with many moral and religious symbols. This story is about a common black, hardworking woman in the South and how she clings to her faith in God to see her through the hardships caused by her unfaithful and abusive husband. Throughout this story there is religious symbolism that illustrates how Delia and Sykes Jones are two people on opposite ends of the moral scale, yet tied to each other by marital vows that no longer depict their love for one another. Delia Jones is a hard workingwoman who uses her faith in God to guide and protect her from her husband's harsh physical and emotional abuse. From the very beginning of the story, Delia shows ho ...
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  • Critical Analysis Of "the Necklace" Short Story - 1,054 words
    The short story, The Necklace, by Guy De Maupassant, follows the life of a woman and her husband living in France in the early 1880s. The woman, Mathilde, is a very materialistic person who is never content with anything in her life. Her husband, a lowly clerk in the Ministry of Education, is not a rich man, but he brings home enough to get by. He enjoys the simpler things in life, yet his wife, Mathilde, cannot. Nothing is good enough for her. Her selfish ways are evident in her attitude toward the material things in her home environment and in the way she treats her husband. Mathildes materialistic attitude is primarily shown by how unhappy she is with her surroundings and her home environ ...
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  • Critical Analysis Of "a&p" Short Story By John Updike - 988 words
    Looking back in the big windows, over the bags of peat moss and aluminum lawn furniture stacked on the pavement, I could see Lengel in my place in the slot, checking the sheep through. His face was dark and gray and his back stiff, as if hed just received an injection of iron, and my stomach kind of fell as I felt how hard the world was going to be to me hereafter.(Updike737) An epiphany is an instance of sudden truth brought about by a mundane event. In the John Updike classic A&P,the main character, Sammy, experiences just that. First published in the July 22, 1961 issue of The New Yorker, the reader cant help but wonder if the story was written to reflect the radical changes that were ...
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  • Short Story Analysis Of "uneasy Homecoming" - 847 words
    Uneasy Homecoming by Will F Jenkins is a short story that has the effect of a particularly tense atmosphere. The story is about a woman named Connie returning to an empty house after a two-week holiday. When she arrives home she had developed a nervous feeling. While Connie was on holiday some burglaries had taken place. Later Connie finds the loot in her home and uses quick thinking to attract peoples attention from the other side of the bay who then catch the burglar. In this short story the setting is particularly important in creating a tense atmosphere. He shows this by describing many things about how the house was isolated such as the house lay on the neck of land beyond most houses. ...
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  • Short Story Examination Of "araby" By James Joyce - 1,151 words
    After a close examination of the short story Araby by James Joyce, several instances of religious symbolism seem to be intertwined throughout the story. Araby, in its simplest form is the story of a young boys first experience concerning infatuation with the opposite sex. In the text there are questions primarily concerned with Joyces rearing in Catholicism and the beliefs the church encouraged in opposition to his true feelings. This moral dilemma is expressed through symbolism that occurs in several interactions between the storys central character and the world around him. In the opening line of the story, Joyce describes the street he lives on as being blind. This lack of sight indicates ...
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  • Short Story Analysis Of "araby" By James Joyce - 1,074 words
    In James Joyces short story "Araby," the main character is a young boy who confuses obsession with love. This boy thinks he is in love with a young girl, but all of his thoughts, ideas, and actions show that he is merely obsessed. Throughout this short story, there are many examples that show the boys obsession for the girl. There is also evidence that shows the boy does not really understand love or all of the feelings that go along with it. When the boy first describes the girl, you can see his obsession for her. He seems to notice every detail such as "her dress swung as she moved her body and the soft rope of her hair tossed from side to side" (Joyce 548). You do not usually remember eve ...
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  • Character Analysis Of The Short-story "fleur" - 1,127 words
    Louise Erdrich is a writer who is of both Native American and French heritage. Story telling is a part of the Native American oral tradition. Edrich furthers this tradition in her novels and short stories. Upon reading her short story, Fleur, in which the central character is Fleur Pillager, Erdrich captures the readers attention immediately and forces her character upon the reader with the first line of the story. The first time she drowned in the cold and glassy water of lake Turcot, Fleur Pillager was only a girl. Right away the reader knows there is something quite unusual about this dynamic and well-developed character. Erdrich also weaves into her storytelling, tribal mythology. No one ...
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  • Short Story Analysis Of "liberty Hall" - 1,017 words
    In the short story Liberty Hall, Ring Lardner contrasted the superior to the inferiorMrs. Thayer symbolizing the superior and Mr. Drake symbolizing the inferior. Throughout the story, Lardner cleverly utilized literary devices such symbolism and irony to strengthen the plot of the story. These devices did not only enhance the efficiency of Lardners work, but they were critical in the short story format. With limited space and time, the writer needed to fully develop a complete story from setting point to denouement and possibly resolution. Lardner used these devices to draw both humor and laughter in Liberty Hall. The humor allowed the reader to sympathize and accommodate with the main chara ...
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  • Analysis Of Naturalism In Short Story "the Jewels" - 422 words
    The main character in the short story, The Jewels, follows the elements of naturalism very well. M. Lantin is displayed without sentimentalism and is followed from an almost scientific perspective. M. Lantin is also driven by greed. M. Lantin is followed almost as if in a scientific experiment. Maupassant describes Lantin with very little emotion. Every now and then M. Lantin will smile, and he loves his wife very much, but Maupassant follows his life with very little emotional interest. Even when a large even in M. Lantins life occurred, Maupassant tells the reader in a very brief, uncaring manner: M. Lantin, then chief book keeper to the Minister of the Interior, making thirty-five hundred ...
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  • Ib Creative Essay: Short Story - 1,003 words
    In Yukio Mishima's The Sailor Who Fell From Grace From the Sea, the contrasting motifs of sea and earth are used to strengthen the main character's (Ryuji) own internal Dionysian v. Appollonian conflict. The sea, with its boundless beauty, lures him toward the spirit of grand adventure. The land offers the stability (as well as spiritual stagnation) of family life. Ryuji's tragic death after forsaking his life of adventure on the high seas for the fatuous roles of father and husband implies that man is impotent when his quest for a Grand Cause is lost. The following short story personifies sea and earth to portray this theme. -------------------------------------------------- -- Morning rays ...
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