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Ch 4: The Short Stories of Saki

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Review the short stories of the author Saki with this mobile-friendly literature chapter. These short lessons and mini quizzes can help you study Saki's short stories for exams, homework assignments, essays and more.

The Short Stories of Saki - Chapter Summary

This self-paced literature chapter analyzes several short stories by Saki, including ''The Interlopers,'' ''The Open Window'' and ''The Shartz-Metterklume Method.'' The lessons are taught by expert literature instructors who use an engaging and simple teaching style. The chapter also includes self-assessment quizzes to help you solidify your understanding of the material. You can access these lessons and quizzes on any Internet-connected device, and by the end of the chapter, you should be equipped to:

  • Evaluate the life and works of the author Saki
  • Assess quotes from ''The Interlopers''
  • Analyze the settings, plots, characters and themes from ''The Open Window,'' ''The Toys of Peace'' and ''The Schartz-Metterklume Method''

23 Lessons in Chapter 4: The Short Stories of Saki
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Saki: Biography, Books & Short Stories

1. Saki: Biography, Books & Short Stories

Saki or H.H. Munro was known for his sardonic writing on Edwardian society. His prominence is due mostly to his short stories, which present a dark sense of humor.

The Interlopers Quotes

2. The Interlopers Quotes

In this lesson, we will examine some quotes from the short story ''The Interlopers'' by Saki. This short story is about a long-standing feud between two families: the Gradwitz and the Znaeym.

The Open Window: Characters & Analysis

3. The Open Window: Characters & Analysis

Saki tells a story about a practical joke played by a shrewd young girl. The young girl's prank disrupts the formality and quiet of the aristocratic lifestyle. All the characters add their personality to her story, which helps sell her story of the fantastic.

The Open Window by Saki: Themes & Analysis

4. The Open Window by Saki: Themes & Analysis

In this lesson, we will analyze the themes from 'The Open Window', which is a short story by Saki (H.H. Munro) about a young girl who intentionally deceives a stranger.

The Open Window Summary

5. The Open Window Summary

'The Open Window' is a short story penned by Saki that shows the subtle torment a creative, teenage girl can inflict on an unsuspecting man plagued by anxiety. This lesson summarizes the short story.

The Open Window Setting

6. The Open Window Setting

In this lesson, we will analyze the setting of 'The Open Window' by Saki (H.H. Munro), a short story about a man who attempts to calm his nerves by going on vacation only to find himself in an even more upsetting situation.

The Toys of Peace Summary

7. The Toys of Peace Summary

What exactly is ''The Toys of Peace'' about? What are some of the important events from the story? If you are curious about these questions, take a look at the lesson below where we summarize the story and its key events.

The Toys of Peace: Theme & Analysis

8. The Toys of Peace: Theme & Analysis

'The Toys of Peace' might seem like a simple story about a couple of boys playing with toys, but there's a lot going on under the surface. This lesson will analyze two of the themes found in this short story by Saki.

The Toys of Peace Characters

9. The Toys of Peace Characters

Eleanor and Harvey Bope decide to see what happens when they give Eleanor's two sons nonviolent toys. What do we know about this family? Find out in this lesson about the characters in Saki's 'The Toys of Peace.'

The Schartz-Metterklume Method Summary

10. The Schartz-Metterklume Method Summary

Do you remember the ~'Schartz-Metterklume Method~' from school? Probably not, but it makes for a pretty humorous story. In this lesson, you'll learn more about the significance of that method in this short story by Saki.

The Schartz-Metterklume Method: Themes & Analysis

11. The Schartz-Metterklume Method: Themes & Analysis

Can you learn a lesson about priorities from a short story like ~'The Schartz-Metterklume Method?~' Probably! In this lesson, we'll take a look at the theme of this work and how it fits with the author's own beliefs.

The Schartz-Metterklume Method Characters

12. The Schartz-Metterklume Method Characters

A case of mistaken identity causes quite the disruption in the Quabarl household. Learn more about the two women involved in this lesson about the characters in ''The Schartz-Metterklume Method'' by Saki.

The Music on the Hill by Saki: Summary & Analysis

13. The Music on the Hill by Saki: Summary & Analysis

A move to the country goes awry for a newlywed woman. What did she do and what happens? And what deeper meaning might there be in her cautionary tale? Find out in this lesson, which offers a summary of Saki's 'The Music on the Hill'.

The Mouse: Summary & Analysis

14. The Mouse: Summary & Analysis

If you are curious about H.H. Munro's (also known by his pen name Saki) 'The Mouse', you've come to the right place. Take a look at the following lesson, where we will summarize and offer an analysis of the story.

The Storyteller by Saki: Summary & Setting

15. The Storyteller by Saki: Summary & Setting

In this lesson, we'll take a look at 'The Storyteller,' a short story by Saki. Specifically, you'll see a story within a story and find a summary of the tale and the settings within it.

The Storyteller by Saki: Theme & Analysis

16. The Storyteller by Saki: Theme & Analysis

~'~'The Storyteller~'~' is a short story by H.H. Munro, whose pen name was Saki. The story tells us something about the nature of childhood during the Edwardian period in England.

Sredni Vashtar by Saki: Summary & Characters

17. Sredni Vashtar by Saki: Summary & Characters

Saki's short story 'Sredni Vashtar' goes against many common expectations that readers hold. In this lesson you will explore the story and learn about the characters.

Sredni Vashtar by Saki: Theme & Analysis

18. Sredni Vashtar by Saki: Theme & Analysis

In this lesson, we will study a detailed analysis of the short story, ''Sredni Vashtar'' written by H. H. Munro (also known as Saki) and the themes he has based this story upon.

Tobermory: Summary & Analysis

19. Tobermory: Summary & Analysis

If you are looking for summary and analysis of H.H Munro's 'Tobermory', you have come to just the right place. Check out the lesson below to get the scoop.

The Guests by Saki: Summary & Analysis

20. The Guests by Saki: Summary & Analysis

''The Guests'' is a short story by Hector Hugh Munro, better known by the pen name Saki. As is common for this particular short story writer, the tone of the story is satirical, commenting on British upper class society.

Dusk by Saki: Summary, Characters & Analysis

21. Dusk by Saki: Summary, Characters & Analysis

If you're reading 'Dusk' by Saki, you might have noticed the abstract nature of the story. This can be a bit confusing. Don't worry; we've got your back. In this lesson, we offer a summary, analysis, and review of the characters.

The Lumber Room by H. H. Munro: Characters & Themes

22. The Lumber Room by H. H. Munro: Characters & Themes

What is 'The Lumber Room' about? What are its themes? If these questions are buzzing around your mind, or if you just want a quick exploration of the story, look no further. We've got you covered.

The Lumber Room by H. H. Munro: Summary & Analysis

23. The Lumber Room by H. H. Munro: Summary & Analysis

If you are reading ~'The Lumber Room~' by H.H. Munro, you may have already picked up on the humor in the story. If not, or if you just want a solid summary, check out the lesson below and get in on the chuckle.

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