The themes of the short story "Marigolds" by Eugenia Collier include poverty, maturity and the relationship between innocence and compassion. These themes are realized through the main character, Lizabeth, and her relati... More »

"Marigolds" takes place in a shantytown in rural Maryland during the Great Depression. Lizabeth, the narrator of the story, recalls that it was a "dry September" when the situation with Miss Lottie's marigolds took place... More »

"The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry and "The Luck of Roaring Camp" by Bret Harte are inspirational short stories. "The Gift of the Magi" is set during Christmastime, while "The Luck of Roaring Camp" takes place in a Calif... More »

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The power of love and trust against the backdrop of poverty is the primary theme of Langston Hughes' short story "Thank You, M'am." The collision of Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones with the young Roger, who tries to s... More »

Common themes in American literature include the great journey, the loss of innocence, the great battle, love and friendship, and revenge. The theme of a book is the underlying meaning within the story. More »

Some of the most important universal themes in literature are coming of age, a great adventure, loss of innocence, betrayal and the alienation or impotence of the modern human. Others are noble sacrifice, rebellion again... More »

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The themes of the short story "Popular Mechanics" by Raymond Carver is a lack of communication, separation and struggle. The tone of the story is angry and aggressive. The story is about a married couple who are separati... More »