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Short Stories

Ten Short Stories Study Guide

StoryAuthorConflictsThemesLiterary DevicesCharacters
The Most Dangerous Game Richard Connell Man vs. Man; Man vs. Nature The experience of being hunted; One will resort to anything for survival. Setting, Imagery, Foreshadowing Sanger Rainsford, General Zaroff, Ivan, Whitney
The Lady, or the Tiger? Frank Stockton Man vs. Society, Man vs. Himself Never underestimate the feelings of a woman Irony, Imagery, Setting Princess, Guard, King, Lady
War Jack London Man vs. Himself, Man vs. Man The universal quality of war and its effects on humanity; The impersonal nature in war. Irony Young cavalry man, "Ginger Beard" marksman
The Musgrave Ritual Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Man vs. Man, Man vs. Unknown By the use of deductive reasoning,any mystery may be solved. Flashback, Irony Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson, Brunton, Sir Ralph & Reginald Musgrave, Rachel Howells, Janet Tregellis
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty James Thurber Man vs. Society, Man vs. Himself The need to escape society's pressure in order to survive. Irony -> Satire, Characterization Walter Mitty, Mrs. Mitty
The Cask of Amontillado Edgar Allan Poe Man vs. Man, Man vs. Himself Revenge is never sweeter until finally achieved. Symbolism, Irony Montresor, Fortunato, Luchesi
The Portable Phonograph Walter Van Tilburg Clark Man vs. Nature, Man vs. Unknown Cultural values of society must be preserved; Humanity can be destroyed with its own technology. Imagery, Setting, Symbolism, Irony Dr. Jenkins, Three Nameless Characters
The Gift of the Magi O. Henry/William Sidney Porter Man vs. Himself, Man vs. Society The love of Jim and Della is far more important than any material gift; The scope of unselfish love has no limitations. Irony, Symbolism, Allusion Jim and Della Dillingham
The Necklace Guy de Maupassant Man vs. Himself, Man vs. Society Appearancs can be deceiving. Irony Mathilde and James Loisel, Madame Forestier
The 51st Dragon Heywood Broun Man vs. Himself, Man vs. Unknown Self-confidence indicates success; Devious schemes save lives. Irony, Humor, Pun, Anachronism Gawaine, Headmaster
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