Short story Essays

15 essay samples found

Irony in the Cask of Amontillado

Irony in the Cask of Amontillado Edgar Allan Poe used irony efficiently in his short story “Irony in the Cask of Amontillado “. He used verbal irony to show a contrast between what is said and what is actually meant. He also uses situational irony which is when things turn out to be contrary or […]

Pages: 1 Words: 382 Topics: Dramatic, Short Story

The Deadly Irony of “The Chaser”

The Deadly Irony of “The Chaser” John Collier’s “The Chaser” creates a sense of irony, that when discovered by readers, sends a chill to the spine. This short story compares and contrasts beautiful and energetic youth, versus the almost evil and scary old age. Collier places the tale between two individuals: Alan Austen and an […]

Pages: 2 Words: 504 Topics: Irony, Short Story
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Fiesta 1980 Summary

Before Junot Diaz received acclaim for “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” he was better known in fiction circles for his short stories about immigrants and the American dream. In “Fiesta, 1980,” Diaz writes about the struggles of an immigrant family as they wake up from a nightmare in Santo Domingo only to find […]

Pages: 2 Words: 572 Topics: Short Story

Poe’s Story “The Fall of the House of Usher”

Short Stories + Terror = Poe American Romanticism brought a new era to America and American literature. Within literature of the Romanticism era came the development of the gothic novel. Edger Allen Poe is one of the well-known gothic authors which arose from this era. Throughout Poe’s career he wrote many short stories following one […]

Pages: 2 Words: 673 Topics: American Literature, Fiction, Romanticism, Short Story, The Fall of The House of Usher

Essay on Black Dog by Penelope Lively

Essay on Black Dog By Penelope Lively Brenda Case is a mid-age housewife with personal problems. The English modern short story “Black Dog”, written by Penelope Lively, portrays Mrs. Case as being a frustrated woman with a peculiar manner, besides this she has difficulties to adapt within the society’s norms. This is probably because Brenda […]

Pages: 2 Words: 709 Topics: Character, Emotions, Meaning Of Life, Short Story

Raymond Carver’s what we Talk about when we Talk about Love

Love is undoubtedly one of the most frequently explored subjects in the literary world. Whether the focus is a confession of love, criticism of love, tale of love, or simply a tale about what love is, such literary pieces force readers to question the true meaning and value of love. Raymond Carver accomplishes this in […]

Pages: 4 Words: 1343 Topics: Love, Relationship, Short Story

“Perfect Sunday” by Jose Ayala and “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver

The Second Joyful Mystery Ding-dong. As I lazily got up to answer the door of the short stories in my hand, I was surprised to see a blind man, named Robert and a long lost grandson, named Jorge. Perfect Sunday by Jose Ayala and Cathedral by Raymond Carver both revolves around the host-visitor dynamic. Raymond […]

Pages: 3 Words: 1038 Topics: Belief, Character, Short Story, Spirituality, Tradition

Nathianel Hawthorne Stereotype ‘the Angel of the House’

Nathianel Hawthorne Nathianel Hawthorne was an American writer of novels and short stories who lived between 1804 and 1864 (Hawthorne 2). Most of his writing was centered on New England featuring majorly on moral metaphors with an anti-puritan inspiration. His works were fictions with more emphasis on dark romantic (Boonyaprasop 15). In his writings, he […]

Pages: 10 Words: 3074 Topics: Adam And Eve, American Literature, Novel, Short Story, Stereotypes

“The Lottery Ticket” by Anton Chekhov

“The Lottery Ticket” is a classic short story written by Antony Chekhov. He is a good storyteller who has managed to use some literary elements in this story. Chekhov’s “the lottery ticket” is a story about a man and his wife who thought they had won a lottery. The stories walk the reader through a […]

Pages: 4 Words: 1181 Topics: Fiction, Narration, Short Story

A Short Story

Once upon a time there a lived a barbarian king who loved his daughter so much that he did not want her to date, anyone. Whenever he finds any man near her daughter, he would execute them. He was a deranged man who had no empathy for anything or anyone. He triumphed in blood since […]

Pages: 5 Words: 1471 Topics: King, Love, Short Story

Summer Reading: on the Rainy River by Tim O’Brien

There were many different stories in the Summer Reading Collection that made me explore different aspects of writing. They each used several techniques to add to the complexity and overall understanding of the story. The one story that had brought the greatest reaction out of me was the short story, On The Rainy River, by […]

Pages: 2 Words: 661 Topics: Fiction, Reading, Short Story, The Things They Carried

Short Story Girl by Jamaica Kincaid

Elaine Potter Richardson is a Caribbean American writer, born May 25, 1948 in St. John’s, Antigua. At the young age of seventeen, Elaine left her home in St. John’s to live in New York City. According to the Britannica, Elaine worked as an au pair before winning a photography scholarship in New Hampshire. In 1973 […]

Pages: 2 Words: 710 Topics: American Literature, Feminism, Gender, Short Story

Courage on the Open Boat by Steven Crane

Throughout Steven Crane’s “The Open Boat”, a true story experienced by the author, there are expressions of both physical and mental courage. These courageous acts are what kept up the morale in dire times and resulted in the survival of the captain and his crew. This story shows that when humans are faced with physical […]

Pages: 2 Words: 517 Topics: Courage, Fiction, Short Story

Ernest Hemingway’s Short Story a Clean Well-Lighted Place

The end of Ernest Hemingway’s short story, A Clean Well-Lighted Place is significant to the story on the whole because it vaguely but poignantly describes the personal and existential sense of self that defines the human condition for some. Hemingway accomplishes this through expert use of short and vague transitions and parallels between the older […]

Pages: 3 Words: 993 Topics: American Literature, Ernest Hemingway, Existentialism, Prayer, Short Story

“The Metamorphosis” – Written by Franz Kafka

Frist, “The Metamorphosis” was written by Franz Kafka. It a fiction story of a tragedy salesman named Gregor Samsa, who turned into a gigantic insect, but still possessed a human mind. “When Gregor Samsa woke up one morning from unsettling dreams, he found himself changed in his bed into some monstrous vermin” (Kafka, 1883-1924, Pg. […]

Pages: 2 Words: 515 Topics: Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis, Short Story