Opening Worlds Short Stories - Themes

Themes of the second half of short stories in Opening Worlds Short Stories for OCR GCSE. Includes following stories:

  • The Pieces of Silver
  • The Red Ball
  • The Young Couple
  • Games at Twilight
  • Leela's Friend
  • The Winter Oak

Good luck to everyone on the exam tomorrow :D

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The Pieces of Silver

  • Poverty
  • Family relationships
  • the relationship between the old and the young
  • the cruelty of officials
  • unfairness
  • suffering and hardships
  • Education
  • Money
  • Inequality
  • Punishment
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The Red Ball

  • Poverty
  • Hardship
  • Family relationships
  • Punishment
  • Fitting in
  • the need of the inidividual to belong
  • adjusting to new situations
  • love and conflict
  • the need to be loved and appreciated
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The Young Couple

  • Family relationships
  • Clashing cultures
  • The differences between Indian and English culture
  • Love
  • Power
  • Money
  • Unemployment
  • the need for independance and freedom
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Leela's Friend

  • Family relationships
  • Prejudice
  • Discrimination
  • Poverty
  • Class divisions and hierachies
  • Unfairness
  • The Cruelty of officials
  • the results of prejudged misconceptions
  • Pride
  • Adults are not always right
  • Material objects are not everything
  • Education
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Games at Twilight

  • Family relationships
  • Death
  • Loss of hope
  • Feeling left out
  • Growing up
  • Achievment
  • Dissapointment
  • Being forgotten
  • Childhood
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The Winter Oak

  • Prejudice
  • Prejudged misconceptions
  • Poverty
  • Education
  • Unfairness
  • The Cruelty of Officials
  • Culture Clash
  • School education is not always the most useful
  • Nature
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Comments

Rhiannon Edwards

thanks!

Paul Dutton

A useful guide to the themes in this collection.

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