Companion to British and American Short Stories

Enemies by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Analysis

About ten o'clock in the evening, the district doctor Kirilov's only son died if diphtheria. The doctor's wife was before the child's bed. After five minutes the doorbell rang. The doctor himself went to the door. The visitor, Aboguin, asked if the d ...More

The Valiant Woman by James Farl Powers: Summary and Analysis

The story 'The Valiant Woman' by James Farl Powers is a story about the relation between man and woman in the context of a Roman Catholic. It presents the private life of Roman Catholic priests in off-duty moment and deals with the moral and practica ...More

In Another Country by Ernest Hemingway: Summary and Analysis

In Another Country is a story about war, written by the Noble Prize winner Ernest Hemingway, which deals with the experiences of an unnamed army officer who describes the events and the experiences of war in first person narrative. This is the story ...More

The Jar by Luigi Pirandello: Summary and Analysis

The Jar is primarily the story of Lollo Zirafa and it is also the story of Zi' Dima and his comic plight. The action and reaction between these two stories define the meaning of the whole. Lollo Zirafa was a farmer at Primosole. That year his olive c ...More

An Episode of War by Stephen Crane: Summary and Analysis

The story is mainly about the lieutenant who is hit by a bullet in the war. The lieutenant had poured the coffee on his rubber blanket in order to distribute. Corporals and other men were standing in a line to get their portion. He divided the coffee ...More

The Use of Force by William Carlos Williams: Summary and Analysis

The story The Use of Force by William Carlos Williams shows a conflict between the doctor and a determined child patient who has been suffering from fever for three days. The narrator of this story is a doctor who is called to check a new patient Mat ...More

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka: Summary

One of the best known stories The Metamorphosis ranked Franz Kafka; a Czech-born German-Jewish writer one of the most famous story writer who dealt with an issue of existentialism of the twentieth century.More

A Hunger Artist by Franz Kafka: Summary

A Hunger Artist depicts the story of the world famous performer who performed the act of fasting for more than forty days at a time. The story is told from the perspective of unsatisfied, frustrated and alienated protagonist who does so difficult tas ...More

Clay by James Joyce: Theme

Clay by James Joyce is very highly symbolic story. It shows us a middle-aged woman named Maria and her usual life. Maria is an unmarried woman who lives her life very simply. As her life is a very simple one and as she is unmarried, we can assume tha ...More

Clay by James Joyce: Critical Interpretation

Maria, a female protagonist, in Clay represents a quiet life of a single maid who is famous for her "peace making role" in the laundry. It is a great irony that though she is a great peacemaker in laundry, she has been unable to maintain peace and or ...More