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1. ‘Fat’ : a short story? According to van Gorp , a short story is a single-episode narrative with a limited number of characters. The descriptions of the setting and the character’s evolutions are restricted. The writer focuses his attention on one character in an everyday situation, which i ... Continue Reading


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Anton Chekov’s use of style would be characterized as an impressionist style. In the short story “Lady with Lapdog”, Chekov’s use of style is similar to most of his other works of literature. Generally speaking, a few elements illustrating his use of style are: Use of sadness in all of hi ... Continue Reading


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At some point in everyone’s life they experience thoughts about death, whether that they’re positive or negative depends on their outlook on the after life. While some view death as only the beginning of their eternal life others view it as the absolute end. Living in fear of day will not allo ... Continue Reading

Compare Contrast on

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The short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, and the screen adaptation of that short story by Bruce R. Schwartz, also entitled Cathedral, project a sense of contradiction in their illustration of a man’s spiritual ignorance and eventual spiritual awakening. T ... Continue Reading


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Cathedral In the short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, it opens to an irritated narrator whose not looking forward to having a blind man in his house. The narrator shows some type of prejudice with anger and anxiety , kind of exagg ... Continue Reading

Hamlet vs. The death of Ivan Ilyick

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Plays and short stories are two very distinct genres. They include many different characteristics, as well as similar ones. One of the greatest plays ever written was Shakespeare, “Hamlet”. In “Hamlet”, there is plenty of room for interpretation because, first of all it is a play, and se ... Continue Reading

Iona Potapov

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“Misery”, a fictional short story written by Anton Chekhov, talks about an old cabman, Iona Potapov, whose son has just died. Iona is trying to find someone console him. In this story the author uses many examples to show the reader how Iona Potapov searches for companionship and affection, but ... Continue Reading

Critique of “The Duchess and the Jeweller”

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The short story, “The Duchess and the Jeweller” is written by Virginia Woolf. London, England is its setting. A jeweller is the main character, overcoming poverty to become wealthy. Royalty frequently visits his door for assistance. The story critically depicts earned wealth, inherited arist ... Continue Reading

The Irony of The Dill Pickle

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The short story A Dill Pickle by Katherine Mansfield is a wonderful example of a story with an ironic twist. The story takes place at a restaurant table and right from the very beginning, the audience can see themselves as being merely another patron sitting at the next table; watching and listenin ... Continue Reading

Cathedral by Raymond Carver

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The first publication of the short story "Cathedral" was in the March, 1981, issue of Atlantic Monthly. It was selected to appear in "The Best American Short Stories, 1982," and became the title story in the 1983 collection, Cathedral. This volume was very well-received by critics and readers al ... Continue Reading

Symbolism in "The Dollhouse"

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In the short story “The Doll’s House”, Katherine Mansfield uses the symbolism in the plot, the setting in rural, New Zealand, and characterization to present the problem of prejudice. All of these elements work together to present the theme. Going against the grain of prejudice can bring peo ... Continue Reading

Miss Brill

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In the short story Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield is about an aging woman. The story revolves around the protagonist, Miss Brill. Miss Brill suffers from loneliness and a lack of purpose in life. We live in a real world where real people communicate and interact with each other. However, there ... Continue Reading

Chekhov vs Oates

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There are many similarities and differences between Anton Chekhov’s “The Lady with the Pet Dog” set in Russia in the early part of the century and Joyce Carol Oates’ “The Lady with the Pet Dog” told from Anna’s point of view in the 1970’s in Nantucket. Matthew Brennan, a literary cri ... Continue Reading

Expository Essay

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To define and make a short story successful out of the many that are written, the author often builds a single focus around which the whole short story is concentrated. One situation, person or thing that in some way, relates to everything written within the story. This is evident in all good short ... Continue Reading

The Impact of Treatment

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The three works chosen for this essay are The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, “Popular Mechanics” by Raymond Carver, and “My Papa’s Waltz” by Theodore Roethke. In the three works chosen many differences in the treatment of children appear. From love, to hate, and from anger ... Continue Reading


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The short story “Reunion” by John Cheever is about a young boy named Charles who goes to visit his father in New York City. The story revolves around Charles’s impression of his father and the harsh reality of his father being an alcoholic. The story starts off with Charles on a train going to ... Continue Reading

Analysis on “Cathedral”

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The short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver develops characters through an intriguing perspective. In general, the narrator shows the realistic human attitudes and attributes, but there is also a depth that shows another interpretation. The writer, Carver, n ... Continue Reading


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Flannery O'Connor's background was a big influencing factor in her decision to write the short story "Revelation." One of the more important influences on the story is her Southern upbringing. During her lifetime, Southerners were very prejudiced towards people of other ethnicitys and lifestyles. ... Continue Reading


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In the short story “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver. I relate with the husband since personally I have never spend any time with a blind person. I would feel the same way as he did, since I wouldn’t know how to start. I used to have the same idea of a blind man as the narrator of the story. The n ... Continue Reading

Popular Mechanics

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In Raymond Carver’s short story Popular Mechanics, the meticulous focus on details is immediately obvious to the reader, whether it be the integrated symbols, the characterization, or even the title. Raymond Carver’s short story comes together to leave its re ... Continue Reading

Analysis Of Alice Munro

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Alice Munro is a Canadian short story writer. Although she wrote one novel in which was published in 1971 entitled Lives of Girls and Women she prefers to write short stories. In an interview for Canadian Fiction Magazine she was quoted as saying ?I don?t see that people develop and arrive somewher ... Continue Reading

When Appearances Matter the Most

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The characters in John Cheever's "The Country Husband" are very important to the point that Cheever is trying to make. In the story, the characters are described in great detail in order to get the full textual understanding of each character and for the reader to become familiar with those who ... Continue Reading

Cathedral (Raymond Carver)

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“Cathedral” by Raymond Carver, is one of the best short stories I have ever read. I chosed this story, because I didn’t have many other opportunities. I really didn’t know where to look for short stories of American writers in the 20th century. So I went to th ... Continue Reading

Men And Women In Raymond Carver's Fiction

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MEN, WOMEN AND RELATIONSHIPS IN RAYMOND CARVER’S FICTION The relationships between men and women are one of the major themes in Raymond Carver’s fiction. His characters are often couples who try to struggle through their tormented lives with aid of alcohol. Furthermore, they are often repr ... Continue Reading

Use of Symbolism in

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Writer’s Craft: The Use of Symbolism Writers often use different literary techniques in order to bring greater understanding and reveal some truth about a character to the reader. One of these techniques is the usage of symbolism. A symbol is something that means more than what it is; it has ... Continue Reading