Short Stories

How the Short Story Lysandra's Poem by Budge Wilson Signifies the Importance of Passion

How the Short Story Lysandra's Poem by Budge Wilson Signifies the Importance of Passion

Passion is important to show in any aspect of one’s life. The short story “Lysandra’s Poem” written by Budge Wilson signifies the importance of passion. One point in the story that clearly shows passion is when Elaine realizes that Lysandra has become famous even after all the times she has been put down including when her dad threw her poem box into the kitchen stove to be burnt. A second scene from the story that portrays passion is when Elaine is trying to talk to Lysandra and fix their friendship which was ruined over the winner of the poem contest. The last scene of the story when passion is evident is when Elaine finds out that Lysandra has become a famous poetic writer even after her dreams were crushed in middle school. Therefore, the main theme of this short story is that one should always strive for what they believe in because if they believe, they can succeed.

Short Essay Assignment on A&P by John Updike - Will it be Order or Disorder?

Short Essay Assignment on A&P by John Updike - Will it be Order or Disorder?

The story “A&P” by John Updike is narrated by Sammy, youthful worker in an A&P grocery store, with no sense of free will, which he wants to flee of. Set in the inlands of rural suburbia, Sammy gets shaken by reality when a group of three girls arrive in a fancy car, and walk in the store “in nothing but bathing suits” (Updike, 1). Throughout the story, the locals of the town seem to be distressed by the disorder caused in the aftermath of the girls’ insurgent appearance and behaviour. The sudden and unexpected little chaos turns into an opportunity for Sammy to re-evaluate his motivations and freedoms, by having to choose between a customary, unmoving life and a life full of opportunities and rebellion.

You Are Who You Are: Responding to Jennifer Crichton’s “Who Shall I Be?”

You Are Who You Are: Responding to Jennifer Crichton’s “Who Shall I Be?”

We learn from Jennifer Crichton’s fictional character of “Who Shall I Be” that one cannot change who they are, one can only attempt to hide what they don’t like. The narrator is a girl who is starting college and is experiencing what she feels is an identity crisis. She is desperate to change who she is and decides that another identity will make her into the person she wants to be. It is clear in this text that no matter how hard one tries to be someone else, you can never change who you really are.

Force of Nature

Force of Nature

In the short story David the author uses characterization and imagery to send across the message of the majestic beauty of nature yet the danger that it can hide if men try to overcome it . It is through the characterization of the narrator that we are able to see the strong meaning. This paper will demonstrate how the story sends across the message and show several examples of how the author’s use of characterization and imagery helps display a strong meaning

Essay on the Short Story Battle Royal by Ralph Ellison

In the short story “Battle Royal” by Ralph Ellison, a very well educated young man which is the narrator, goes thru these obstacles or games put on by the big shots or the wealthy town people in reward he gets a scholarship to a Negro state college. It leads the reader to think if the narrator was ever going to give his speech to the towns people and the characters and the setting set up to the reader thinking if he’s going to deliver his speech and when.
The setting and time the short story was in African Americans and women didn’t have the respect and rights they deserved. They were treated very poorly. The setting in the story was in a ballroom at an expensive hotel, and all the important town people were there. There was a portable boxing ring where the narrator got in with nine other black guys and fought. There was this electrical rug with fake coins on it and they would get shocked whenever they got on it.

Paper on "I’m Home Mum. Did You Miss Me?"

I’m Home Mum. Did You Miss Me?


In the short vignette “I’m Home Mum. Did You Miss Me?” the main character `Bronwyn’ goes through many trials and tribulations early in her life. In this essay, we will be looking at the reasons behind those issues and what factors made it possible for her to overcome them.

Premature Birth

Bronwyn had a rough start to life, born six-weeks premature and of extremely low birth weight at only four pounds. One possible reason as to why she was born premature could be the mothers’ use of or exposure to teratogens during pregnancy. Teratogens (Santrock, 2004) are anything that causes birth defects. They could be diseases, drugs, and pollutants in the environment, stress or a child born to aged parents.


At the end of the vignette, a phrase is used, “Ka nui te aroha mo ratou”, which would lead you to believe they are a Maori family. The fact Bronwyn was born premature and had severe breathing problems could possibly be due to her mother smoking during pregnancy. This hypothesises is further confirmed by studies that show 48% of Maori smoke (

Concerning the Semblance and Form of Cthulhu

Concerning the Semblance and Form of Cthulhu

(pronounced Kt-hool-hoo), apart from being one of the most widely known "fictional" dieties in the literary genre of modern supernatural horror, may also be considered one of the most influential, speaking not only in academic circles, but Magical ones as well. The overwhelming evidence that this Entity has boldly manifested in the minds, dreams & works of multitudinous writers, artists, musicians, filmmakers, gamers and serious occultists alike, attests to this unequivocally. It's been nearly 74 years since H.P. Lovecraft first released "the Thing from the stars" into this World of Horrors (Weird Tales February 1928).

Comparing the Writing Styles of Poets Anne Sexton and Slyvia Plath - Focusing on Their Works Regarding Death and Suicide

Comparing the Writing Styles of Poets Anne Sexton and Slyvia Plath - Focusing on Their Works Regarding Death and Suicide

This paper will attempt to compare the writing styles of poets Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath, focusing on their works regarding death and suicide. The biographical history of both will be examined to provide insight to each writers style and where they derived their inspiration from, delving into particularly their struggles leading up to the taking of their own lives. After comparing an argument will be made as to which poet brings more meaning and substance to the topic of death and and suicide, and why.

Other than the fine details, the historical background of both Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath and strikingly similar, mirroring each other in many ways. Both were female writers who wrote most of their works in the mid to late 20th century. Their most known works being poetry. Both were raised in New England. And lastly, both took their own lives.

Tone - The Soundtrack of Literature - Using the Short Stories Barn Burning and Justice of the Peace as Examples

Tone: The Soundtrack of Literature

Everyone is a film buff these days, everyone loves their favorite film or series. And its easy to see why, its such a relaxing and mind-numbing experience. To let our brains go into autopilot and just be taken away on whatever journey some director has in mind. But what do all good films have in common? Their soundtrack, of course. The magical music that tells us 'This is it! Something awesome is going to happen right now!”. It tells us when to be sad because some important character has died, or to feel a sense of justice when the bad guys are finally defeated. Likewise, literature has its own soundtrack of emotion, telling us how to feel as we progress through a story. Not with music, but with tone. Tone is the choice of words an author uses and the way the words are spoken to convey emotions to the reader.

Diary Entries about Finding a Strange Object


I have stumbled upon the strangest of objects while walking today. It is a tool of such odd design I have not yet come to understand its use. It was its appearance that first attracted my eye, its shiny coat and an end which was nearly invisible among the dry field. I brought it into my home, as I have a distinct fascination with objects and inventions. I am determined to find out what its purpose is.


I have begun to examine the object to find the idea behind its creation. One end I have decided to be either the top or the bottom is a hard, solid and shiny curve. It fits just right in the palm of my hand if I hold it there. The size of its curve is enough to hold a small fist perhaps, ah—hold! It may be meant to hold something, or sit atop something? If it were meant to sit atop something I wonder what the rest of the body of the object could be meant for, however if it were meant to hold something, I would have to say that gravity would be on its side as the curve would be quite effective in containing something.

Misunderstood - Comparing the Short Stories "The Awakening" and "The Yellow Wallpaper"


“The Awakening” and “The Yellow Wallpaper” both depict women suffering from the constraints that society has placed on them. Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman write regarding woman born in the wrong time, Edna Pontellier in “The Awakening” is a repressed woman coming to terms with her desire and ambitions, and the narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” is the wife of a doctor whom disregards her own opinions and patronizes her input. The protagonists in both stories share many parallels but have one undeniably strong connection; they suffer from a misunderstood mental illness.

Analysis of A Rose for Emily

A Rose for Emily Analysis

Have you ever wanted something so bad you would do anything to get it? No matter how crazy it sounded to everyone else you were going get what you wanted. Miss Emily did this very thing, she wanted happiness and she was going to get it no matter what. There are many themes to this story, I'm going to tell you three themes and what three different things make it. How social status and make you or break you and setting effects this, every rose has it thorns and homer effects this, and sometimes you have to let go because if you don't things might not go well and her dad effects this.

Sarah Orne Jewett's A White Heron - A Story of True Love

A White Heron - A Story of True Love

Sarah Orne Jewett’s short story A White Heron tells the tale of a young girl named Sylvia who lives a modest life with her grandmother. Sylvia expresses a deep love for nature, but not till her love in challenged by a strange young man does Sylvia truly in the story through Jewett’s detailed depiction of Sylvia’s profound connection with the woods around her. Through Jewett’s use of imagery she bonds readers to the tail of a girl’s selfless sacrifice to save the love of her life.

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