Short Stories Anthology - Sunlight on the Grass

Each short story in the anthology with key themes and characters.

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  • Created on: 09-05-12 20:42

My Polish Teacher's Tie

Themes:- 

- Culture/Cultural differences

- Relationships

- Identity

- Hierarchy/Social class

- Jobs/Careers

- Fairness/Equality

Characters:-

- Carla (the bird), Stephan (the tie), Valerie (the buns), The Head (the pile of papers).

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When the Wasps Drowned

Themes:- 

- Guilt

- Responsibility

- Morality

- Denial (loss of childhood innocence)

- Death

- Suppressed/Fractured memories (conveyed particularly in the structure of the story)

Characters:-

- Therese, Eveline, Tyler, the Mother, Mr Mordecai, the dead girl, the police at the door.

Symbolism:- 

- Wasps, the dead body, the ring, the garden.

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Compass and Torch

Themes:-

- Hope

- Foreshadowing

- Desperation

- Seperation/Divorce

- Relationships

- Suppressed emotions

Characters:-

- Boy, Father, Mother, Step-Father, Horses

Symbolism:- 

- Horses, Torch, Compass

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On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl

Themes:- 

- Oppertunity

- Fairytale/Fantasy

- Fate

- Realisation

- Self preservation/protection

- Perfection

- Romance

- Realism

Characters:- 

- Boy, Girl

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The Darkness Out There

Themes:-

- Stereotypes

- Generation gap

- Loneliness

- Fear

- Morality

- Reality/Fantasy/Fairytale

- Human Nature

- Responsibility

- Growing up/Gaining knowledge

Characters:-  Old Lady, Girl, Boy, Man in the plane, Old ladies husband, Sister.

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Anil

Themes:-

- Childhood/Growing up

- Family

- Power

- Rich/Poor

- Men/Woman

- Justice/Morality

Characters:- 

- Anil, Amma(mother), Appa/Ragunathan(father), Marimuthu, The headman.

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Something Old, Something New

Themes:- 

- Religion/Faith

- Cultural differences

- Love/Marriage

- Family

- Society

Characters:- 

- The man, The woman, The woman's family (her brother + her uncle)

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Comments

Jodie Budden

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really helpful thankyou

Hannah

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I think another good theme for the darkness out there is the past, as the old women is stuck in it- she keeps old newspapers ect.

Laiba

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Hannah wrote:

I think another good theme for the darkness out there is the past, as the old women is stuck in it- she keeps old newspapers ect.

thats a really good theme, thanks for that :) also i guess you could say the past comes back to the present in a way as she makes her confession, if that makes sense?

Christina

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that was really helpful! Thank you so much!

Saira

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Thank you, this is really helpful and good luck to all those who are going to do their English Literature this Tuesday! :)

Kate

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This diddnt really help me because it didnt explain the themes etc...

Moonisah

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its good

livelaughlove♥

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really helpful. also for the darkness out there, another theme is matuurity in the case of sandra and prejudice to Kerry.

Rhiannon

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Amazingly helpful for my controlled assesment

Rhiannon

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would have been better if you explained the relationships

Becky Hopkins

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In 'When The Wasps Drowned', how is guilt present??

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