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What Is A Short Story?

- Short Stories What is a short story. A short story is a fictional piece of writing that can range from 1,000 to 20,000 words. Unlike a novel, he reader should be able to read a short story within a short amount of time. Because the length of a short story is shorter than a novel, it usually has one main character (minor characters can be added in limited amounts) and focuses on one plot, setting, and central theme. Why do we write short stories. The answer is simple, they’re practice. Almost all of the best writers started out writing short stories....   [tags: Short story, Fiction, Character, Essay]

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Analysis Of Short Story ' A & P '

- Critical Analysis of Short Story “A &P” In the short story “A & P” by John Updike, the main character Sammy shows a sense of growth from the story’s opening to its conclusion. This certain change in him started taking place after the visit from the three girls, where he starts to ponder the future of his life. Sammy develops as a more prominent character both by the voice and the mood of the story, suggesting his vast change from rather flat to someone with more personal features and attributes....   [tags: Short story, John Updike, John Cheever]

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Short Story : ' The Test '

- Short Story Re Do writing quiz Theme and stereotype Thesis statement The short story the Test and the frill both deal with the theme of how by human human being have predictive and stereotype other individuals and groups that is based on ignorance and limited educational experience . The driving instructor in the short story the Test is a stereotype of typical old fashioned Archie Bunker who is stubborn in his old fashioned views on race and sex . who has a old fashioned attitudes . The driving instructor is a stereotype of a white man who believes that whites are more educated and knowledgeable than African Americans ....   [tags: Short story, Fiction, Human, Guy de Maupassant]

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The Story Of An Short Story By Kate Chopin

- The short story novelist, Kate Chopin, enlightens her readers about the reality of many married women during the 1800s. Chopin 's story revolves around Mrs.Mallard who drastically loses her husband in an accident. Throughout the story, Chopin expresses the various emotional changes that her character Mrs.Mallard undergoes. Initially a humble housewife, Mrs. Mallard evolves into a confident women when exposed to freedom. Kate Chopin launches her short story by introducing the main character, Mrs....   [tags: Marriage, Short story, Husband, Wife]

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Short Story : Girl By Jamaica Kincaid

- In the short story “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid is a story that everyone can related to. The story is about a mother telling her daughter what to do, what not to do and how to do things. Kind of like society or parents or a friends of what to do. There has also been always been expectations of what to do and how to do things in life regards of gender, nationality or religion. The male has he’s duties and the female has different duties. However, in the typical society today, a person is supposed to graduate from high school and go straight in to an Ivy League university, to get a degree in a field of study that makes lot of money....   [tags: Short story, Tell, Family, Marriage]

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A Short Story By Flannery O ' Connor

- The definition of a short story is a fully developed story that is a lot less (in length) than a novel. The short story written by Flannery O’Connor called “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” is exactly just that. This story packs a world of meaning, symbolism, and foreshadowing all in a mere 12 pages. In this short story The Grandmother is the antagonist and uses her ways of manipulation and selfishness to get what she desires. Not everything goes her way and ends in a series of tragic events. The first sentence of this story sets the mood when The Grandmother states that she does not want to go to Florida (O’Connor 1)....   [tags: Short story, Family, Fiction, William Faulkner]

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Mystery and Suspense in Dickens' Short Story The Signalman

- The Signalman was first published in the Mugby Junction Christmas Edition book in eighteen sixty six. The Clayton Tunnel Crash in eighteen sixty one is believed to have inspired Dickens to write the short story the Signalman. During the time that Dickens was writing the Victorians had a fixation with the paranormal also there were many technological advances one of them being the steam train. The Signalman has two main characters in it, one is the narrator who speaks in first person, and the other is the Signalman....   [tags: Short Story Analysis]

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Short Story About Living With the Guilt of Murder

- Short Story About Living With the Guilt of Murder It was late I thought. Almost midnight yet I was still unable to sleep. I stared thoughtlessly at the moving shadows mumbling to myself, "it was just a story" but in my heart I knew it wasn't, it was more than a story, much, much more. Then, a crow appeared in the middle of my room. The crow stared at me with such intensity that I fell backwards into the safety of my pillow. I stared at the crow in shock as it disappeared into my closet and that's when I heard it, a long piercing whine that was like a nail to a chalkboard....   [tags: Short Story, Creative Writing]

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Short Story : Petrified Man By Eudora Welty

- The short story “Petrified Man” by Eudora Welty is about two women—Leota, a beautician, and Mrs. Fletcher, her customer—who spend the entire story gossiping in a beauty parlor. The story is told in a limited third-person point of view, where the psychic distance of the view places the reader right next to Mrs. Fletcher and Leota, hearing and seeing only what someone present in the scene would. Their gossip tells the reader the stories of this piece, that of Mr. and Mrs. Pike and of the Petrified Man....   [tags: Short story, Eudora Welty]

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Analysis Of The Short Story ' Downturn ' By Jeremy Lanaway

- Roles, Actions, Habits The short story, “Downturn” by Jeremy Lanaway focuses on a conflict between protagonists that hide painful truths. The author conveys this conflict with the theme of deception and is shown throughout the short story with the use of roles, actions, and character’s habits. The author depicts the theme of deception with the use of characters and their roles in the short story. The protagonist, Dan plays the role of someone who is content with his current life contrary to how he actually feels, "I like being outside all day not having a douche boss not looking over my shoulder all day [...]...   [tags: Lie, Deception, Fiction, Short story]

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Analysis Of Amy Tan 's Short Story

- Secondly, DiYanni states that in a short story “Its characters are recognizably human, and they are motivated by identifiable social and psychological forces.” (DiYanni 47). In other words, the modern realistic short story has characters with flaws, difficulties, and short-comings; their motivations also come from things that make sense to humans living in a specific society, especially a society of the written time period. Because Amy Tan 's short story is somewhat based on her life, and therefore her society, her characters are distinctly human, and their motivations are relatable to her readers....   [tags: Fiction, Short story, Character, Plot]

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Short Story: Gretel

- Gretel studied her maps, the pins gleamed in the light filtering in from the window. Humming she looked down at the newspaper, which detailed the army's movements. Smirking she moved one of the pins deeper into enemy territory, they would win, of that she was sure. Germany was superior, none could stand against its wrath. She frowned as she had to replace one of the cheery red pins with a sullen blue, the thrice darned North Americans had captured one of the troops. Her fingers fumbled as she tried to move another pin and it fell to the floor....   [tags: English assignment, short story]

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`` Hanging Fire `` By Audre Lorde And The Short Story

- It is a known fact that humans crave attention. If a person feels as if they are not receiving enough attention they will do anything in order to be noticed. In the poem “Hanging Fire” by Audre Lorde and the short story “Jason Will Be Famous” by Dorthy Allison there is similar theme shared between the two. They both focus on attention and self awareness. Also, they face a lot of challenges today, such as social pressures, but modern day youth seems as if they do not want to work hard to get where they want to be in their lives.The main characters of each narrative desires their existence to be meaningful to their parents....   [tags: Short story, Mother, English-language films]

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A Full Fledged Master Of The Short Story By Bobbie Ann Mason

- Bobbie Ann Mason is an author of an abundance of short stories and has become quite famous for her work and is known as “a full-fledged master of the short story.’ As the readers of her stories get deeper in her short stories she reveals a way of thinking that allows the readers to become more attracted to her stories, making them think about the different aspects of life she is talking about. Masons writing has the ability to have each reader take a look at their own life in comparison to what they are reading....   [tags: Short story, Woman, Narrative, Gender]

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Loyalty vs. Righteousness in William Faulkner’s Short Story Barn Burning

- The term “blood brothers” usually refers to two or more males who accept each other and have decided to create a bond by fusing one another’s blood together; this would mean that these males chose to be bonded. But when it comes to ones own bloodline, it is not possible to choose ones parents. For this reason, one must learn to analyze what is right and wrong, even if it’s not something the parent(s) want him to believe. In William Faulkner’s short story Barn Burning, loyalty versus righteousness is one of the struggles in the father-son relationship between Abner and his youngest son Sarty....   [tags: Short Story Analysis, Literary Analysis]

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Short Story : Rape And The Effect It Has On Women During The Partition

- The first common theme in Saadat Manto’s short story is rape and the effect it has on women during the Partition. A young girl, Sakina, is raped by a few men of in her community while her father is desperately looking for her amongst the dangers and chaos of the Partition. He asks social workers to help him find Sakina. When they do, they approach her and assure her to go along with them. Sakina confides in them but then ends up being repeatedly raped. At first, Sakina is a terrified and hesitant young girl trying to avoid the men....   [tags: Short story, Fiction, Rape, Short stories]

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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov : A World Recognized Master Of The Short Story

- Anton Pavlovich Chekhov is a world recognized master of the short story. He was able to raise many social issues and to send powerful messages that need deep reflection in relatively small texts. Almost all Chekhov’s works, both short stories and later plays, are devoted towards the fight against philistinism, narrow-mindedness, and intellectual poverty of people. Chekhov in his works also touched the subject of degradation of the human soul. Particularly, an author addresses this problem in a story “Ionych”....   [tags: Short story, Anton Chekhov, Life, Meaning of life]

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Using Love to Justify Sex in A Very Short Story

- Using Love to Justify Sex in A Very Short Story   At first glance unusually normal, at second glance unusually striking, the title "A Very Short Story" reveals Hemingway's perception of a perhaps unforgotten war experience. Man went to war. He met woman. They spent many nights together. They considered marriage. He went home without her. She moved on. He moved on. The end. The story, the relation of events, is indeed short. This is not eternal spiritual love; instead, this is the animalistic, barbaric sexual act- sex and love for the sole purpose and convenience of sex itself....   [tags: Very Short Story Essays]

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Short Story

- Synopsis On an afternoon, in the quarters of the sakadas, Mang Sixto is playing a guitar with the chords of an emotional song, "Walay Angay", while her daughter, is playing outside the quarters. They were indifferent of each other for a while, but there is a sudden change in the mood of the two. The daughter of Mang Sixto finally notices the chords that her father was playing and along with the music is her father's very emotional presence. They were then engaged in a sudden conversation. The daughter interrogated her father of the about the sad song he was playing along with his guitars....   [tags: Short Story]

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Wang Xun 's Diary Of A Madman Was China 's First Real Major Modern Short Story

- Lu Xun’s Diary of a Madman was China’s first real major modern short story. Xun unusually avoided traditional short story writing techniques. He tends to stray from the omniscient narration and replaces it with the author’s subjective, personal point of view. This can be seen as untraditional because it was almost completely unprecedented in Chinese literature of this era. Xun’s ‘I-narration’ (“at school I had been close friends with two brothers whose names I will not omit to mention here.”(p.21) This provides an effective way of further distancing himself from the text and creating a reading of the diary, which allows readers to form different perspectives on the literature....   [tags: Narrative, Fiction, Short story, Narratology]

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A Prequel to Susan Glaspell's Short Story, Trifles

- A Prequel to Susan Glaspell's Short Story, "Trifles" Minnie Foster was once described as the belle of the ball. To look at her tonight for the first time you could see why. She carried herself with both an air of confidence and modesty at the same time. Her small eyes dominated her face. They did not look directly at you anymore though. Still, they seemed all knowing and experienced as if they were able to see and know secrets about you that you wish no one knew. Her slender peaked nose was no match for the full lips she had, lips that never uttered a sound and which have become as pale as her knuckles....   [tags: Short Story Creative Writing Essays]

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Granny Weatherall's Journey to Accept Her Own Death in Porter's Short Story, The Jilting of Granny Weatherall

- The Jilting of Granny Weatherall is about an older woman who is coming to terms with death, and the losses in her life. Throughout the story, Granny has many memories from her life, including ones about her children and her lovers. Granny thinks that she has accepted death, but realizes that she has not. Granny Weatherall lives on a farm with her daughter Cornelia and with her daughter’s husband. When a car come down the driveway one day Granny mistakes it for a black horses pulling a black carriage; this image of symbolism foreshadows that death is coming for her....   [tags: Short Story Analysis, Analytical Essay]

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Short Story: The Illusion

- “What am I doing here?”, I whispered desperately. I realized my weakness while trying to open my eyes. I rolled his gaze up beneath my closed lids and let go the bitten apple I was holding in my hand. An endless space of alternating sleepiness, awakening, drifting, silence and darkness were wrapping me few moments ago. “What is happening to me?”, I wondered silently while shocked by my suddenly tilting universe. I tried to react with any movement just to give a signal of life, a scream for help but I simply couldn’t....   [tags: feeling, short man]

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Analysis Of The Short Story ' Brownies '

- In the short story “Brownies” by Z. Z. Packer a young girl that goes by the name of Snot realizes that the world is a harsh place. Not only does Snot have a realization about the world, but she also realizes that everyone around her is contributing to the harshness and meanness and Snot cannot do anything about it. The harshness and meanness in the world that Snot cannot do anything about is racism. All throughout the story, racism is a huge factor, but the main character realizes that racism comes in all different ways including age and color....   [tags: Race, White people, Racism, Black people]

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Analysis Of The Short Story ' The Chrysanthemums '

- Analysis of the Short Story "The Chrysanthemums" by John Steinbeck In John Steinbeck’s “The Chrysanthemums,” he introduces symbolism and uses it to imitate the characteristics of the protagonist, Elisa Allen. Elisa is a married woman who is restricted from uncovering her true identity. Her life revolves around the notion of being a doting housewife and the only support she receives exists in her Chrysanthemum garden. Steinbeck portrays her to be a young woman whose self-imposed walls restricst her from understanding the real meaning of being human....   [tags: Meaning of life, Life, John Steinbeck, Human]

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Synopsis Of A Book By A Short Story

- Summarizing this fine book is like summarizing cliff notes to a short story. The book offers simple to follow instructions for composing writing for business. It offers advice for making the prose more appealing to readers. All the while the writing keeps about it a lite sense of humor that makes the reading quick and enjoyable in spite of being around 200 pages long. For a large part the book tries to emphasize the point that when writing, it is the reader you need to worry about. In business communication, the reader needs the writing too be easy to digest, otherwise it will get in the way of doing work....   [tags: Writing, The Reader, Word, Writing process]

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Short Story Analysis: "A & P"

- Short stories are pieces of high creativity that develop their themes and plot in a short way. The writers of short stories are usually faced by the challenge of limited time and space. In the pursuit of achieving the explicit expression of the plot development and themes, the short story writers can opt to assume some details, ignore some details completely or better still, use styles of literature to express themselves (Ford, Para 1). Because short stories can elude the real life situations, time span, human beings traits, and entire life, they can show their audacity and daring in literature, but not necessary that of their writers....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Colonialism in the Literary Short Story

- The idea of heritage and tradition in the modern world has become an idea of importance to both the indigenous peoples and the descendants of the European colonists who attempted to Westernize the lands they discovered and the people in them. This idea has taken numerous forms in recent years and not-so-recent years. One form it has been examined in is the literary short story. Thomas King’s “One Good Story, That One” and Chinua Achebe’s “Dead Men’s Path” use characters and conflict to make a statement about the loss of tradition and heritage in order to demonstrate the effect of colonialism on indigenous people and their culture....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Brooklyn and the short story Silence

- In the novel Brooklyn and the short story Silence, both of the lead female characters live their lives in silence. Although, they have very strong feelings towards the things they experience, they do not outright express them to anyone. Neither one of them really lets anyone in to know how they are feeling; they hold in their emotions. Eilis from the novel Brooklyn is being sent to America for work by her mother and sister. She is opposed and she wished her sister would take her place. Instead of voicing her feelings to her family she keeps quite and goes along with what they have planned for her....   [tags: female, feminism, women rights]

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Writing A Short Story And Writing

- Essay writing, writing a short story, or even writing about something that I’ve read is something I don’t have high on my “Things I Enjoy” list. I’m not going to lie, I hate it, it has never been one of my strong points and because of that I dread it. However, upon reading The Writer’s Sweet Sixteen I feel a little bit more comfortable with it (where was this when I was in middle and high school?). Points like “Communicating with a Reader” or “Learning for Life, Not a Class” were very helpful with becoming more comfortable with writing but there were a few that really spoke to me and was something I could easily relate to or something that I’ve always struggled with....   [tags: Writing, Mind, Thought, Essay]

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The Short Story, Paper

- Have you ever dreamt of your dream house. Have you ever wanted to invest in the stock market. Have you ever dreamt of winning a large sum of money in a short time. If so, I strongly advise you to read the short story ‘Paper’. In the story, Tay Soon and his wife dreamt of owning a big house so they tried their best to collect their money to buy it. As the stock market was growing interest at that time, they decided to invest some money in the market so as to pay their house. Luckily, they won the money for their house in the market....   [tags: Essaay on Paper]

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The Batter: Short Story

- ... As they approached the office, Paul wondered what his coach would say, and feared that he would have to leave the team. They went inside the soundproof office with an entrance that barely allowed Eduardo in. Coach slammed the door and in a dimming tone he said, "Son, your skills have grown over the years.” Paul felt a small sense of relief, but became tense again when Eduardo said; “However, it’s not enough to keep you on this team, and you don't belong here. I want you to get out of here now!" Those were the last words that Paul heard from Coach Eduardo before leaving the Mustangs....   [tags: pitch, practice, failure, game]

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Fitzgerald and Short Story Writing

- Fitzgerald and Short Story Writing Although Fitzgerald today is usually considered a novelist, in his lifetime he was more well-known for his short stories. He was a prolific writer of short stories, and published around 160 of them (Bruccoli xiii). Many literary critics often separate “Fitzgerald the novel writer” from “Fitzgerald the short story writer”. In his own life, Fitzgerald felt somewhat of a disconnection between his ‘literary’ career as a novelist and his more professional career writing short stories....   [tags: Fitzgerald Writer Short Stories Essays]

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Short Story Analysis

- Short stories are wonderful vehicles for ideas and for craft. They can hold up one specific aspect of Story and let it shine like a beautifully cut gem; a character, a plot, a tone, or a world held up in miniature for admiration. What they sometimes lack however, is complexity. For something larger and more intricate you take all of those well-cut gems and put them into something larger, a necklace or tiara--getting past the metaphor, you write a novel. It’s really hard to put as much complexity in less than twenty thousand words than you can in over a hundred....   [tags: Literature Analysis ]

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Short Story : ' Mo ' Story '

- Mo 's story begins on a Friday afternoon a few weeks ago. Which of course at the time, Mo believed Friday to be the start of a normal weekend, but she was wrong. The plan was to go to her father 's house in Dixon, which is about two hours away from Bloomington-Normal. She had already said goodbye to her mother and step-father because they left to celebrate their anniversary. The parental couple planed on going to a belly dancing convention of sorts. Mo stayed at her mother 's to finish up her laundry....   [tags: Family, Mother, American films, A Little Bit]

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Analysis of the Short Story " The Diamond Necklace"

-  "The Necklace" or "The Diamond Necklace" is a short story by Guy De Maupassant, first published on 17th, February 1884, in the French newspaper Le Gaulois. The story has become one of Maupassant's popular works and is well known for its ending. It is also the inspiration for Henry James's short story, "Paste". It has been dramatised as a musical by the Irish composer Conor Mitchell; it was first produced professionally by Thomas Hopkins and Andrew Jenkins for Surefire Theatrical Ltd at the Edinburgh Festival in 2007....   [tags: the necklace, guy de maupassant, jealously]

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Analysis Of The Short Story ' Gray Noise '

- The mass media has an essential role in today’s society as a channel of valuable information. Lots of people rely on media as the epicenter of information and as the yardstick on which they form their decisions and opinions (Agner, 1999). Any selection of messages in the mass media would have a profound impact on the entire society, this is according to Cultural selection theory. In the short story “Gray Noise”, Rojo uses this story to express his annoyance toward technology, but more specifically his most effective critic is on how society has overpowered valuable news with “dramaturgically crafted news” (Vettehen) and competition while desensitizing their viewers....   [tags: Violence, Mass media, Video game controversy]

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Analysis of the Short Story "A Rose for Emily"

- The reason I chose to analyze “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner is because I am a lover of suspense and terror. The story totally caught my attention because the general tone is one of violence, gloom, and terror. The setting also plays an important role because it gives the reader a better understanding of the different situations. The main character, Emily, plays the role of a tragic figure that seems to be seen only from the outside. Sometimes people judge others from the outside, but they do not realize about the inside of the person....   [tags: William Faulkner, Literary Analysis]

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Short Story : Girl By Jamaica Kincaid

- Girl by Jamaica Kincaid The short story, Girl, by Jamaica Kincaid, can very easily be related directly to the author’s own life. Kincaid had a close relationship with her mother until her three younger brothers were born. After the birth of her brothers, three major values of her mother became apparent to Kincaid. In turn, Kincaid used the three values of her mother to write the short story, Girl. Specifically, these values led to three themes being formed throughout the story. It appears in the short story that the mother was simply looking out for her daughter; however, in all reality, the mother is worried about so much more....   [tags: Female, Woman, Male, Sociology]

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The Short Story ' Eveline ' By James Joyce

- The short story, “Eveline” by James Joyce, is about two people deciding what to do with their lives. Frank, a man who lives Buenos Ayres and is in love with Eveline. Eveline is from Ireland and has grown up poor with an abusive father. Eveline had to make a choice, stay in Ireland and live with her father or start a new life and move to Buenos Ayres with Frank. The decision is much more difficult than she anticipated. In the end, Eveline decides to stay in Ireland with her father because there are too many negative factors for her to leave him behind....   [tags: Love, Debut albums, Buenos Aires, Sibling]

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Short Story : A Dark Brown Dog

- Slavery Freed The short story, A Dark Brown Dog, entices the reader before the story begins with words. The title brings the focus on what the story will be about, a dark brown dog which represents a man who has been freed from slavery. A little boy takes in this dog and throughout his experience lies a scattered amount of symbolism, the main element used in this short story. This story represents the events occurring in 1890, known as Jim Crow. This time period is retold throughout the characterization of the dad, the little dog, and the little boy....   [tags: Black people, United States, Slavery]

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Importance of Family in the Short Story, Cakes

- Confucius once said, “The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” The majority of people across the world deem family as the uttermost important aspect of their life. Family is something that often teaches us moral values, and helps shape the individuals we become later in our lives. In the short story, “Cakes” Salvatore La Puma conveys the prominence of family in Italian-American immigrant culture in the 1940’s industrial era. La Puma utilizes the first paragraph as mini-ethnography to portray the unity of the Vitale family....   [tags: Salvatore La Puma]

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Short Story : Dawn Of The Final Day

- Oumer Nassir Period 5 Short Story: Dawn of The Final Day I finally found the … “What?!” I yelled to myself, “This is not the philosopher’s relic. Oh no, this is not good. Not good. Not good at all.” I worriedly glanced around the room to see if this was an elaborate ambush. Like I assumed when I first entered the room, there was nobody else in here except me. But there was this dark outline of a person in one of the far corners of the room. I figured that my paranoia was just getting the better of me, but I unsheathed my knife just in case....   [tags: Pain, Suffering, Debut albums, Color]

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Winners Will Be Executed Short Story Analysis

- Winning a lottery is a good thing, right. Someone buys a ticket, then scratches it off or waits to see if they hold the winning number in their hands. However, that is not the case in Shirley Jackson’s world of “The Lottery”. In her critically acclaimed short story, a small town gathers in the village square and draws a name out of a box, and the ‘winner’ of their lottery is brutally stoned to death. All of this is done in a calm and orderly fashion, as well as without question. The lottery is a yearly event, and has been done for ages....   [tags: selfishness, lottery, shirley jackson]

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Short Story, The Shawl, By Cynthia Ozick

- The year is 1942. Nearly the entire Eastern Hemisphere is fighting the worst war in history: World War II. However, something far more atrocious is happening behind the battle lines. Millions of Jews are being captured, tortured, and slaughtered in concentration camps throughout Germany. During what will later become known as the Holocaust, nearly eleven million people will be murdered in the hands of the Nazis (Blumberg). Many of those who survived this atrocity experienced symptoms of PTSD and other mental disorders resulting from the Holocaust....   [tags: World War II, Nazi Germany, Cynthia Ozick]

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First Confession - A Humorous Short Story

- Confession is the admission of one’s sins. In the Christian religion, it is done within a confessional booth before a priest, who will then give the confessor a penance in accordance with his or her crimes. Confession of one’s mortal sins is required in order regain God’s grace, and the priest is believed to have been given the authority to grant forgiveness and absolution. Most of the time, confession is a solemn affair. However, some authors have written stories that focus on the subject of confession and have even managed to add an element of humor into it....   [tags: Literary Review]

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Short Story : ' Yep '

- “Yep.” “If I would have known that I could have stopped by there and got your phone number. I’ve been thinking about you like crazy.” “Is that your house?” I asked as I pointed to the two story house behind her. “No. I wish it were. I’m here for the summer too. I’m house sitting for my aunt and uncle. When they asked if I could watch their place, I didn’t hesitate because it’s so close to the ocean. Don’t you remember them. You stayed a few nights here with me before when we were in middle school.” I thought, and I vaguely remembered that her aunt was short and plump, and her uncle was the total opposite....   [tags: Family, Mother, Mother insult, The dozens]

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Analysis of Garden Party Short Story

- “Everyone is kneaded out of the same dough but not baked in the same oven”(Yiddish Proverb). These words apply to Katherine Mansfield’s short story, “Garden Party” as she touches on some very controversial points about the social inequality of the Sheridan family with its surrounding neighbors. A great internal and external quarrel over social class rises in the Sheridan family as Laura Sheridan, the daughter, sympathises with the less-fortunate neighbors while her mother, Mrs. Sheridan is the opposite....   [tags: social inequality, social classes, class life]

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Sara's Story: A Short Story

- ... All I want is to be trusted and listened to once!” I complained. Dad slapped my knee, but he actually hit James’ knee. He started crying. “BE QUIET!!!!!” I shouted. James started crying more. I threatened to punch him if he didn’t stop crying. All he did was cry louder. I popped in the My Little Pony CD I made. I hoped I wouldn’t be able to hear James cry. I could still hear him crying, so I punched him lightly. He started crying louder. Then, I punched him harder. I kept doing that and increasing in strength as we rode in the car....   [tags: move, triplets light]

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The Institute: A Short Story

- ... “Welcome to the Institute, here is your number 768,” the guard said to Alex. Then a girl rose room the top bunk, she shoved all the sheets of her then jumped off of the bed on to the floor. She had a white shirt and black short on and was barefooted. She was tall and towered over Alex who was only five feet six inches, she also had a tan and shaggy hair that flopped everywhere. “Hi, my name is Ponny… Ponny Addison and might I ask what your name is?” asked Ponny, as she walked towards Alex putting her hand out for Alex to shake it....   [tags: detective, pnny, guards, shot]

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Short Story: Collide and Fall

- It was a typical day for Chad, going about the halls picking on every vulnerable person they saw, that was until he saw her. It was the first day in years Sophia had worn short sleeves, being scared that people might judge her for being ‘attention seeking’, but today she felt content with herself, brave enough to show people how strong she is. When Chad saw her scars, he realized every single one of these people had their own stories. That was the day Chad Willington had stood up to his friends....   [tags: personal narrative]

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Gabriel García Márquez's Short Story 'A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings'

- Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s short story, “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings”, demonstrates the imprecise science behind textual reasoning by distorting the separations between the supernatural and the conventions of human experience. Marquez ties in the realms of magic and the physical universe in such a way that both the characters and the reader must struggle to break down the meanings that encompass the juxtaposed reality within the story. Although Garcia Marquez presents a negative view of humanity by emphasizing mankind's lack of logic and knowledge, he cites a failure of compassion as an even worse flaw....   [tags: story analysis]

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Short Story : ' The Prime Time '

- I met her in the autumn right after she had taken a terrible fall going to her mailbox and I was hired by her family as an in home aide. Her name was Jane* and she became a fast friend and provided me with never to be forgotten lessons that cant be taught within the walls of a school. Jane took the time to prove to me that I was worth loving and showed me unconditional love that at the time I couldn’t find. In the end all I have left are a few cherished memories, a pearl necklace, and some of the best lessons in life....   [tags: English-language films, Love, Debut albums]

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The Adventures of Jackey: A Short Story

- ... She was encircled by maybe ten creatures. tow of which were holding the chains pinning her to the tree. all of them were strange, deformed in some way or manner except for one. Carl assumed him to be the leader as he walked up behind Danielle. "Your power is broken milady - we have shut you out of your kingdom of shadows and now... i shall plant the last blow on your defeat" he walked up behind her his black clothes vanishing much as hers did before she was stripped and bound. The man had short black hair and broad shoulders....   [tags: ghost, light, rope, axe,voice]

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Short Story : ' Holy Hell '

- The women walked into their grandmother’s cozy living room which seemed considerably smaller than it had been when she’d left it earlier. One huge man with long dark hair and a warm smile on his lush mouth, eyes which glowed with passion as he saw his love enter the room. Over beyond the fireplace another enormous man was deep in a conversation with her seanmhair. She noticed his broad shoulders and short dark hair, this man had his back to her as he continued talking. “Duncan, let me introduce you to my sister Adaira.” Adaira raised her head to face the man as he turned towards her and she looked into his deep sapphire-blue eyes....   [tags: Family, Sibling]

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Short Story : ' Sally '

- Sally. At twenty-four, Sally should have been in her prime, but alas, far away from home and without family for support, her entire world collapsed. Fresh from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she had moved to London at the tender age of eighteen. Two years later, she met her first love. Born in London, Oliver was the only brother of six sisters and the youngest of the brood, whereas Sally was an only child. Adorned with a smile that filled the silence like a speech and eyes as bright as a blazing star, this young man was hiding a darker side....   [tags: Abuse, Physical abuse, Domestic violence, Woman]

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Analysis Of The Story ' The Story Of An Hour '

- Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” comprises clashing expectations and desires in an ironic fashion. The protagonist, Louise, mainly desires to live life free from the will of others—to “live for herself.” Her brief liberation comes from the news that her husband had died that morning in a train crash. From that moment onwards, the story revolves entirely around the idea of freedom, including several metaphors and visual images depicting free will, eventually culminating in the protagonist’s ultimate freedom--death....   [tags: Short story, Fiction, Symbol, A Story]

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Short Story : ' An Old Man '

- An OLD MAN tells a YOUNGER MAN, who has just been released from prison, a fantastic tale of a pond known at the Witch Creek Pond. The Old Man tells him that one day Young BEN was supposed to go fishing with his dad, but refused. Later, Ben and his mother learned that his father drowned in the pond. Years later, when Ben 's mother died, she made him promise to scatter her ashes in the same pond. Ben goes to the pond and begins to scatter her ashes when a black substance consumes Ben and his boat....   [tags: Female, Woman, Boy, Girl]

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Short Story : ' Heaven And Earth '

- A New Beginning Le Ly, in the film Heaven and Earth has clearly had her moments of hardship. Le Ly in the face of the Vietnam war was stripped from the remnants of her childhood and faced with her enemy on multiple occasions. Le Ly’s older brothers went off to fight for their country, while she and her family stayed on their village to ten their farm. It wasn’t long until the war was at their front door. Le Ly was then tortured by the Viet- Con, almost raped by soldiers; if that wasn’t enough to break her spirit then her and he mother had to move away from their beloved village to find work in Saigon....   [tags: Vietnam War, Vietnam, Human, United States]

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Short Story : ' Silence Or Revolt '

- Silence or revolt Different environment makes people gradually different way of thinking and values, the roles have their own experience of background influence in the formation of their personality. Maggie and Dee has an opposite trait to generate their mother’s attitude toward different way. Alice has cleverly written with black people of generation complex attitude on the ideas and cultural heritage in Everyday Use. Mother-daughter relationship also is complicated in those two articles. In No Name Woman, the mother tells the daughter a story about her aunt and do not allow tell anyone else....   [tags: Culture, African American, Family, Black people]

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Short Story : A Man With A Gopro

- Paumgarten’s story of a man with a GoPro accurately described how people think of their lives in today’s society. People are more focused on capturing a moment than living in a moment. A saying that I hear from my friends, “Pics or it didn’t’ happen” immediately came to mind after reading Paumgarten’s depiction of how our culture is changing. Paumgarten talks about the professional mountain biker Aaron Chase. Chase is sponsored by GoPro to have the cameras mounted to his helmet, then he uses it so the company can use his footage for their advertisements....   [tags: Suicide, The Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Plane]

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Short Story : ' Duck Goose '

- -The whole class proceeded to the gymnasium, as the teacher instructed the students to all sit down in a circle as they played the game “duck duck goose” -She then got an umbrella looking parachute as the kids gathered around in a circle, we all listened to the teacher’s instructions bringing it down low, then high up -She added objects such as balls and bean bags that the children had to work together using team work and cooperation skills to get the balls off of the parachute -By interacting together and coming up with a strategy the children went as low as they could then stood up pushing off of their heels as they successfully got the balls off of the parachute -After that activity, the...   [tags: Childhood, Child, Psychological manipulation]

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A Talking Dog: A Short Story

- This is a story of Max, who went to sleep an ordinary boy and woke up with an unordinary ability. The ability to with his dog Comet. He first realized this when his dog came in that morning and started barking. Instead of hearing barks, he heard "come on and wake up you lazy bum it's time for school" At first he couldn't believe what had just happened. After wiping his eyes and making sure he wasn't dreaming, he said to his dog Comet "it's Saturday, I'm sleeping in." Comet responded with "In that case get up you lazy bum and play outside with me" Max thought this was the coolest thing ever....   [tags: Bark, Communication]

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Short Story : Not Rich Enough

- Not rich enough. Looked like a player. Duane, with eyes closed, and arm around Karmen 's waist, had smiled to himself, and given her a little squeeze after she 'd responded to Kurt. "Nice story, cuddlepot," he 'd then whispered in her ear, before leaving Karmen to handle the conversation for the remainder of the journey. By the time they 'd arrived at their destination, he regretted that decision. As they 'd conversed, one of Duane 's eyes had snuck half-open to appraise the manner in which Kurt constantly tilted his head to smile at the soon-to-be bride in his back-seat, and he hadn 't appreciated the way the two seemed to be getting along so fine....   [tags: Marriage, Wife, Woman, Husband]

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Fortunately Unlucky: A Short Story

- ... “I don’t need your charity.” Giving one last smouldering glower, the man calmly close his eyes, expression sinking into one of cool serenity, leaving Luhan gawking on the spot. Did he just—he did, didn’t he. Luhan found his thoughts all in a jumble of words and it took a while to seem barely coherently again. “W-what?” The shorter male sputters out, eyes blinking in rapid succession. His pretty face contorts into one of utter incredulity as the other sardonically repeats himself, words rolling off his tongue with an almost unnoticeable lisp....   [tags: smaritan, friendship, homeless]

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Two Kingdoms: A Short Story

- ... Looking in a box, she found 4 plastic figurines: a snake, a tiger, a wolf and a deer. They were very skillfully made so she took them with her. She put them into her pocket and when she got into her room, she looked and stared at them. One day, she came up with an idea and started to write about her play figurines. They were so cute that she wished they could move and talk, so they actually talked and moved in the story. As if trough some miracle, one day she found them actually speaking: “Ray, we need your help!” “Who are you?” “I’m count Arkoses.” Said the tiger “I’m viscount of Aberaeron” said the deer “I’m duke of Coventry” said the wolf....   [tags: snow, stroyteller, death, brother]

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Short Story: Molly and Lew

- One crisp November morning before the sun rose, Lew, an artist of about thirty was crouched on the porch of an abandoned house. Lew’s house, a dilapidated victorian home that had been split up into six apartments, sat next door. He was waiting to follow his neighbor Molly, an attractive young women who made her living dancing at the Lucky Lady, a local gentleman’s club. Molly usually arrived home around 3:15am after the Lucky Lady closed and would leave her place at 5:00am. Most nights Lew played video games or watched crap TV all night and slept all day but always aware of Molly’s comings and goings....   [tags: video games, victorian home]

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Short Story About a Seance

- Natalie wakes up to a blaring alarm which alerts that another terrible first day of school has begun. "Nat come down for breakfast. I wouldn't want you late to your first day of high school," her mother Nicole said from the kitchen sipping on an orange bliss smoothie. "Mom I'm up and besides I don't think my first day of freshman year is really as important as your making it sound. I already know how the days events are going I'm the lucky 13th which in our long line of history remember I can tell the future." Nat says with a sort of teasing smile her mother can't see from the kitchen....   [tags: Chanting, Demons]

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A Study of the Modernism Elements in William Faulkner's Short Story, A Rose for Emily

- ... The action passes through a character`s awareness. It is the flow of thought, perception, and feeling. The narrator tells the story unorderly. Beginning is the end and vice versa. This way of narration – Stream of Consciousness - first was used by William James in his Principles of Psychology (Abrams 202). Discussion This short story contains five sections. In the first section, it is the time of Emily`s death and the attendance of the townspeople to the funeral. The narrators talks about the conflict between Emily and the “new generation” on the tax notices they send and she is not willing to pay due to theColonel Sartoris, the town’s previous mayor who suspended Emily`s tax after her f...   [tags: literary/story analysis]

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Designing Appropriate Classroom Activities from a Selected Short Story

- This paper investigates how short stories can be integrated into an English language Class, in order to consolidate students’ knowledge of the English language - grammar and vocabulary; and to promote their creative writing skills. The use of short stories can contribute to students’ reinforcing effectively and meaningfully their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary while it can help students to be more creative and imaginative in their writing in a way to free the students from the routine procedures occurring in the classroom....   [tags: teaching language, language skills, short stories]

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Short Story: Championship Game

- It was a cold cloudy Friday morning. The day of the most nerve racking championship game had finally arrived for the two rivalry basketball teams, the Kress Lady Roos and the Hart Lady Horns. Weeks and weeks of hard, aggressive, closely won ball games one after another. Only a little bit of time after that to get ready for the most important game ever; this is the game everyone has been preparing for. A ton of exhausting conditioning and an enormous amount of shooting lead up to this moment. Every girl on the Lady Roos basketball team feels excited, pumped, and ready for the game later tonight....   [tags: basketball teams]

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Short Story: The Greenhorn

- The Greenhorn The year was 1869; a well dressed, lanky, and pale William J Lloyd rode atop his horse with no life about him whatsoever. He was tired, hungry, thirsty, and wondered that if he ever got off this disgusting brute that he was attempting to ride he would never be able to walk correctly again; by the way his behind was treating him. He glanced over at his paid trail companion who responded with a scowl. William’s companion, a short, pudgy little man who owned an unsuccessful butcher shop and was desperate for money had agreed to lead the very, very famous (and not in good way) Mr....   [tags: William J. Lloyd]

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Short Story- Sexual Nature

- Harry, fair hair a little damp, strode purposefully down the long brightly lit road towards Sardi. Orange filters on high street lamps cast strange shadows across elevated lean cheek bones. Cheek bones as lean as the rest of him. He could feel soft drizzle filtering through the shoulders of a thin jacket. Harry was perplexed, trying to remember something that had been at the edge of remembrance for the last half hour . ‘What‘!. It was a curse of frustration Dark eyes flicked up and across the road; arms and long legs swung, carrying him towards a night of drinking, dancing....   [tags: Creative Writing Examples]

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Short Story: Collateral Damage

- "Fate has a plan for us all…" Long have I wondered about the hand fate plays in guiding our lives—in leading us down a given path. Are we merely pawns in a greater game. Do we have the power—albeit unknown to us—to forge our own destiny. Or does the truth of it all lay somewhere in between, amidst the grey. I do not know, nor will I ever. I—like everyone else—can only theorize; my notions grounded in uncertainty and conjecture. All I know—all I can know—are facts; truths as clear and incontrovertible as the stars… It all began with an end: Beast Boy's death....   [tags: crime, news]

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Short Story: The Boy

- The need to feed…Where Had I heard that before. Hmmm, a movie based on a video game I am sure. At this point, I have a need to eat. Hell, even Kujo who has been following me for days now is starting to look good. Mans best friend would make the ultimate sacrifice, dinner in my belly. Who am I kidding though, I would share what I have left on me with the dog if he came close enough. Hunger is hunger no matter the species and food is virtually non-existent. Unless you eat human. Which in no way are we even going there....   [tags: video game, elroy]

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Short Story: Hidden away

- The year after Jane had met Thor, Eric had given her a birthday present. The act itself was anomalous; Eric was incredibly forgetful about some things in life. For all the years she’d known him he’d never once remembered her birthday on time. He always made up for his forgetfulness in this department by taking her out for dinner or making other thoughtful gestures. That year in particular, as he presented her with her gift—a small box wrapped in newspaper—Jane had been nothing short of astonished....   [tags: Jane, thor, eric]

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Short Story: Baldric White

- It was a normal morning in New York City. People were starting to leave their apartments and getting ready for another busy Monday at work. Baldric White was walking down Columbus Avenue. He was wearing his ordinary black suit, nothing really fancy, but still classy. He was heading to work, and as always, decided to walk. He enjoys walking in this cold February weather, watching everybody go to work and continue with their busy lives. This particular morning, Baldric had gotten up early, he didn’t wanted to be late for work....   [tags: baldric white, alessandra]

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Short Story: Hush Hush

- Hello, lovelies. I'm Alice. Alice Corlette; or so, that's what I was once called. Now. Oh, dear. I'm afraid you'll have to read my story to find out. But beware; as cliche as it sounds...curiousity killed the cat. And so, let the story begin. The night that started this whole damn thing. In the dark of my room, around ten at night, the doorknob rattles ferociously, waking me with fear clouding my thoughts. Dad. Was he here for another...round. I can't do this for much longer. Seventeen years old, still involuntarily living in the same, trashy apartment as my piss ant of a dad....   [tags: alice corlette, innocent man]

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Withdrawin: A Short Story

- ... “Irfaan, it’s been so long, I’m sorry for your loss. He contacted me a few days before his death and explained everything. I want to help.” Before I could respond, I noticed an old notebook in Kabir’s hand, with a single band of white gold clamping it shut with a small trinket of a bulbous plant decorating the front. It was my father’s. He told me that one day I could read it, but only when I was ready. How was it now in Kabir’s possession. A wave of anger and jealously began to spread across my body, but quickly melted as Kabir thrust the book into my hands....   [tags: die, heroin, empore, dealer, business]

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Curse: A Short Story

- ... The eyes that were watching him were unstoppable. He never saw it coming. He couldn't tell what it was. He made out a form, felt the fur on his skin and then experienced such horrible pain. He never went through anything like it. But that was only the begining. Whatever it was it left as quickly as it arrived. Alan was stunned at first, shocked. He wasn't able to move. Then there was pain too. It was preventing him from thinking straight. It took him a while to figure out that he was just attacked by something....   [tags: nobel, smart, attack, blood]

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