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Where are you going, Where have you been by Joyce Carol Oates | Short Story Analysis

Connie is your typical attractive teenage girl – she likes going out with friends and flirting with boys. She’s annoyed with her family, especially her mother who’s constantly criticizing her. Her flirting is mostly innocent fun until she’s confronted by a strange older man named Arnold Friend at her home. Some may view this story… Continue reading Where are you going, Where have you been by Joyce Carol Oates | Short Story Analysis

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My Favorite Female Writers | International Women’s Day

So for International Women's Day I decided to put together a list of some of my favorite female writers. I looked at how they influenced culture and such for a lot my choices but the list is primarily based on how they influenced me. A couple in the mix aren't really “influential” on a wide… Continue reading My Favorite Female Writers | International Women’s Day

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Kate Chopin Tribute

  Kate Chopin (1850-1904) was a writer of short stories and two novels. Her work would fall into the category of realistic fiction/realism. Her short stories were popular during her time but her career went downhill after the publishing of The Awakening due to the novel's controversial subject matter. However, she was later considered one… Continue reading Kate Chopin Tribute

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The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry (Short Story Analysis)

  It's a long thought about dilemma – what if a kidnapped child was so bratty and obnoxious that his/her abductors returned them. Well, O. Henry's short story brings this scenario into play. In the story, the kidnappers are two desperate men named Sam and Bill. Sam is the narrator of the story. They are… Continue reading The Ransom of Red Chief by O. Henry (Short Story Analysis)

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Rappaccini’s Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Short Story Analysis)

Giovanni is drawn to the garden beneath his window. It's beautiful to an unnatural extent and is a product of Dr. Rappaccini, a great scientist who has a tendency to take his experiments too far. Even on his own daughter. In this story, Hawthorne builds up the garden a lot. It's a product of a… Continue reading Rappaccini’s Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (Short Story Analysis)

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The Open Boat by Stephen Crane (Short Story Analysis)

Four men are trapped on a life boat: a captain, a cook, a correspondent and an oiler. They must fight the waves of the raging ocean in their small life boat. This story is based on a true event in Stephen Crane's life. “None of them knew the color of the sky” - the first… Continue reading The Open Boat by Stephen Crane (Short Story Analysis)

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Regret by Kate Chopin (Short Story Analysis)

  Regret is about a woman named Mamzelle Aurelie, she stands out among other women of her time since she's unmarried, childless and owns her own farm. She is seemingly happy with her arrangement but once she looks after a neighbor's children she has a moment of regret. Marriage and children. Something society expects everyone… Continue reading Regret by Kate Chopin (Short Story Analysis)

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The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James (Short Story Analysis)

“The Beast in the Jungle follows a man named John Marcher, who is obsessed with some unknown catastrophe that he thinks will happen in his life. He refers to the upcoming event as 'the beast in the jungle' Well there is a “beast” and by the end Marcher will learn what it is.” The main… Continue reading The Beast in the Jungle by Henry James (Short Story Analysis)

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Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman Melville (Short Story Analysis)

“Bartleby the Scrivener” tells the story of a wall-street lawyer and his over-worked employees. His work life gets shaken up when a strange man named Bartleby works for him. Unlike the others, Bartleby begins passively refusing to do the menial work expected of him. What is a scrivener? It's a copyist who writes out copies… Continue reading Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman Melville (Short Story Analysis)