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Ch 18: Short Stories Summary & Analysis

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  • A summary and analysis of 'The Dragon Rock'
  • Summaries of famous Mark Twain short stories

32 Lessons in Chapter 18: Short Stories Summary & Analysis
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The Dragon Rock: Summary, Characters & Analysis

1. The Dragon Rock: Summary, Characters & Analysis

Can a rock spring to life and save an entire town? In a child's eyes, anything is possible! This lesson will focus on dissecting the short story 'The Dragon Rock,' as well as looking at the characters who occupy the village.

Mark Twain Short Stories: List & Summaries

2. Mark Twain Short Stories: List & Summaries

Sure, you know Mark Twain for his tales of adventure and mischief with Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, but have you ever explored the author's short stories? In this lesson, we'll take a look at a few of the many.

Markheim by Robert Louis Stevenson: Summary & Analysis

3. Markheim by Robert Louis Stevenson: Summary & Analysis

Good versus evil, fate versus free will - which will win? In this lesson, you'll explore the two sides of that coin. We'll look at a summary of the story, ''Markheim'' and analyze Stevenson's greater meaning in the plot.

Time and Again by Jack Finney: Summary & Analysis

4. Time and Again by Jack Finney: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will summarize and analyze 'Time and Again' by Jack Finney. This novel details a secret military study about time travel through hypnosis.

The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney: Summary, Meaning & Analysis

5. The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney: Summary, Meaning & Analysis

This lesson explores the plot, characters, setting, and conflict in Jack Finney's ''The Body Snatchers'' (1955). We will also examine several possible interpretations of the novel and its themes, including political, cultural, and psychological approaches.

The Guest by Albert Camus: Characters & Quotes

6. The Guest by Albert Camus: Characters & Quotes

''The Guest'' by Albert Camus reveals the compassion in one character and the integrity in another. Despite orders, appearances, and general assumptions, the guest in Camus' short story reveals his integrity despite being a murderer.

The Guest by Albert Camus: Setting & Analysis

7. The Guest by Albert Camus: Setting & Analysis

A story that exemplifies the philosophical absurd, Albert Camus' 'The Guest' reveals the irony of one man's attempt to remain neutral in a region torn by conflict.

The Secret Garden Short Story by Chesterton: Summary & Analysis

8. The Secret Garden Short Story by Chesterton: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, you will learn about G. K. Chesterton's ''The Secret Garden,'' and particularly about how Chesterton created a whole new genre of the murder mystery with his short story.

The Robe of Peace: Summary & Analysis

9. The Robe of Peace: Summary & Analysis

When a fashionable man goes missing, his friends find him nearly a year later in a surprising place. Find out more about this man's disappearance in this lesson, which will summarize and provide some analysis of O. Henry's 'The Robe of Peace.'

The Fisherman and His Wife by Brothers Grimm: Summary & Analysis

10. The Fisherman and His Wife by Brothers Grimm: Summary & Analysis

A talking fish grants the requests of a fisherman's wife, but nothing ever seems to be enough. Learn more about their story, and an analysis of the story's warning, in this lesson's summary of ''The Fisherman and His Wife'' by the Grimm Brothers.

Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker: Summary & Analysis

11. Dracula's Guest by Bram Stoker: Summary & Analysis

This short story written by the author of the novel ''Dracula'' was published in 1914, two years after Stoker's death. ''Dracula's Guest'' gives readers a spooky taste of Bram Stoker's classic novel.

The Luck of Roaring Camp: Summary & Analysis

12. The Luck of Roaring Camp: Summary & Analysis

~''The Luck of Roaring Camp~'' takes us on a journey to a mining camp in the 1800s. There are births, deaths, and men coming together to do something quite impressive. In this lesson, we will take a look at the events of the story and offer an analysis.

The Luck of Roaring Camp: Characters & Quotes

13. The Luck of Roaring Camp: Characters & Quotes

If you are reading the short story, 'The Luck of Roaring Camp' by Bret Harte, you may feel a bit confused by the characters. Worry no more. In this lesson, we will take a look at the important characters and quotes. Read on to get the scoop.

The Blue Cross: Short Story Summary

14. The Blue Cross: Short Story Summary

G. K. Chesterton's story, 'The Blue Cross,' deals with a notorious French thief and the Parisian police chief who has followed him to London to trap him. In this story, you'll learn about the detective and man behind the capture of the criminal and how he does it.

David's Haircut by Ken Elkes Summary

15. David's Haircut by Ken Elkes Summary

In this lesson, we'll take a close look at 'David's Haircut' by Ken Elkes. Follow along as we explore the plot and unpack some of the subtleties that are easily missed.

David's Haircut by Ken Elkes: Theme & Analysis

16. David's Haircut by Ken Elkes: Theme & Analysis

It starts simply with a haircut, but there's a deeper meaning. In this lesson, you'll learn more about the deeper implications of 'David's Haircut' by Ken Elkes and the theme of growing up present in the short story.

The Trial for Murder: Summary & Analysis

17. The Trial for Murder: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will summarize and analyze Charles Dickens' short story 'The Trial for Murder.' This is a ghost story about a murdered man who returns to the trial of the man who murdered him.

The Shadows on the Wall: Summary & Quotes

18. The Shadows on the Wall: Summary & Quotes

A shadow appears on a wall, and it freaks out the Glynn siblings. The events that occur because of this are detailed in The Shadows on the Wall, a short story by Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman. Let's examine the plot of the story, and some meaningful quotes contained within.

The Bell in the Fog by Gertrude Atherton: Summary & Analysis

19. The Bell in the Fog by Gertrude Atherton: Summary & Analysis

Have you ever met anyone who had otherworldly qualities? We'll summarize the plot and analyze elements of this mysterious, gothic short story about ghosts and obsession by Gertrude Atherton.

An Angel in Disguise: Summary & Quotes

20. An Angel in Disguise: Summary & Quotes

This lesson explores the plot of ''An Angel in Disguise'' (T.S. Arthur, 1851) through quotes from the short story. We will learn about the setting, the characters, and facts about their destitute way of life in 19th-century rural America.

An Angel in Disguise: Theme & Analysis

21. An Angel in Disguise: Theme & Analysis

'An Angel in Disguise' is a Victorian Era short story by T.S. Arthur. This lesson focuses on themes brought out in the story and some particular points of analysis that make the story more useful for the modern reader.

They're Made Out of Meat: Summary, Theme & Analysis

22. They're Made Out of Meat: Summary, Theme & Analysis

What do aliens think about humans? That's what we find out in 'They're Made Out of Meat.' In this lesson, you'll learn more about this short story by Terry Bisson and the themes the author presents.

On the Gull's Road: Summary & Analysis

23. On the Gull's Road: Summary & Analysis

A chance encounter on a ship leads to life-changing circumstances for the main character in Willa Cather's 'On the Gull's Road.' In this lesson, we'll summarize and analyze the short story.

On the Gull's Road: Setting & Characters

24. On the Gull's Road: Setting & Characters

Twenty years pass in this story of unrequited love aboard a ship. In this lesson, you'll learn more about the setting of 'On the Gull's Road' and discover tidbits of information about the characters in the tale.

The Loaded Dog: Summary & Quotes

25. The Loaded Dog: Summary & Quotes

This lesson summarizes Henry Lawson's short story 'The Loaded Dog.' We will learn about the setting and characters while exploring the shenanigans that ensue when Tommy the dog absconds with a makeshift stick of dynamite lathered in animal fat.

The Loaded Dog: Themes, Techniques & Analysis

26. The Loaded Dog: Themes, Techniques & Analysis

In this lesson, we will examine the themes and literary techniques used by Henry Lawson in the short story 'The Loaded Dog.' It's a story of some miners who are also fishermen. They run into trouble when they create an explosive to use on catfish.

In the Penny Arcade: Summary & Analysis

27. In the Penny Arcade: Summary & Analysis

If you are reading ''In the Penny Arcade'' by Steven Millhauser, you may be curious what sort of suggestions are lurking below the surface of this seemingly straight-forward story. Check out this lesson for an analysis and a summary.

An Imaginative Woman: Summary, Themes & Analysis

28. An Imaginative Woman: Summary, Themes & Analysis

~'An Imaginative Woman~' by Thomas Hardy tells of the power of imagination in a young wife of poetic temperament. This lesson will summarize the plot and analyze themes in the story.

The Cellmate by Crystal Arbogast: Summary & Analysis

29. The Cellmate by Crystal Arbogast: Summary & Analysis

Based on a true story, 'The Cellmate' by Crystal Arbogast introduces us to an illegal moonshine maker and a manipulated murderer. In this lesson, we'll summarize and analyze the story.

The Card by James Ross: Summary & Analysis

30. The Card by James Ross: Summary & Analysis

Author James Ross explores what happens when a father abandons his family, only to pop up years later with a cryptic message in a birthday card. In this lesson, we'll summarize and analyze the short story 'The Card.'

Strange Pilgrims: Themes & Analysis

31. Strange Pilgrims: Themes & Analysis

In this lesson, we will analyze and examine the themes from Gabriel Garcia Marquez's short story collection 'Strange Pilgrims.' This book is made up of 12 stories about Latin American travelers.

Strange Pilgrims: Summary & Quotes

32. Strange Pilgrims: Summary & Quotes

This lesson introduces the themes and stories in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's collection of short stories, 'Strange Pilgrims' (1992). We will learn about the context in which Marquez wrote, and explore the plots of select stories.

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