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The character Teofilo in the short story "The Man to Send Rain Clouds" by Leslie Marmon Silke is the old man who is found dead under the big cottonwood tree. He is also the title character of the story and a Native Ameri... More »

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"The Man to Send Rainclouds" is set on an Indian reservation in the American Southwest. The story was inspired by an incident that occurred near Laguna, New Mexico. It involves the death and burial of a Laguna Pueblo tri... More »

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The theme of the short story "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World" is the power of an outside force to turn narrow dreams into grand, spectacular imaginings. "The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World" was written by G... More »

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Some of the major themes of James Baldwin's story "Going to Meet the Man" include racism and justice, as well as the intersections between sex, violence and power. Through the internal thoughts of an impotent white deput... More »

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"The Californian's Tale" by Mark Twain is a short story about a man, Henry, waiting for his wife to come home. What the narrator and reader do not know until the end of the story is that Henry's wife has been dead for 19... More »

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"The Hitchhiker," a short story by Roald Dahl, is about a man (the story's narrator) who picks up a hitchhiker while driving to London. The driver is pulled over for speeding by a police officer, who writes down the driv... More »

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"The Life You Save May Be Your Own" by Flannery O'Connor tells the story of a man named Tom Shiftlet who comes to work on a farm in Alabama. Like many of O'Connor's other short stories, "The Life You Save May Be Your Own... More »

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