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Short story summaries

Short Story summaries

Stories for Literary Analysis Paper

The pedestrian ray bradbury
“The Pedestrian”Ray Bradbury

  • In this story we encounter Leonard Mead, a citizen of a television-centered world in the year A.D.2053. In the city, roads have fallen into decay and people only leave their homes during the day. It is revealed that Mead enjoys walking through the city during the night, something which no one else does. On one of his usual walks he encounters a robotic police car. It is the only police unit in a city of three million. The police car struggles to understand why Mr. Mead would be out walking for no reason and decides to take him to the Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies. 

The cask of amantillado edgar allen poe
“The Cask of Amantillado”Edgar Allen Poe

  • The first-person narrator, whom we later discover to be named Montresor, announces immediately that someone named Fortunato has injured him repeatedly and has recently insulted him. Montresor can stand no more; he vows revenge upon Fortunato. The remainder of the story deals with Montresor's methods of entrapping Fortunato and effecting his revenge upon the unfortunate Fortunato. Foremost is the fact that Montresor has never let Fortunato know of his hatred. Accordingly, one evening during carnival time, a time when much frivolity and celebration would be taking place, Montresor set his fiendish, mad plan into motion with full confidence that he would never be discovered.

Charles shirley jackson
“Charles”Shirley Jackson

Young and free Laurie has recently started kindergarten, and his mother laments that her "sweet-voiced nursery-school tot" is growing up. She also notes changes in his behavior: he no longer waves goodbye to her, slams the door when he comes home and speaks insolently to his father.

During dinnertime conversations, Laurie begins telling his parents stories about an ill-behaved boy in his class named Charles. Charles throws things, yells and hits his teacher and classmates. Though in a way fascinated by the strange boy, Laurie's mother wonders if Charles' bad influence is responsible for Laurie misbehaving and using bad grammar.

Over the ensuing weeks Charles seems to be going from bad to worse until one day at the beginning of the week Laurie tells his parents that Charles behaved himself and that the teacher made him her helper. By the end of the week, however, Charles reverts to his old self when he makes a girl in his class repeat a bad word to the teacher. The next school day, Charles mumbles the word several times to himself and throws chalk. Laurie also says that he misbehaves quite often.

When the next PTA meeting rolls around, Laurie's mother is determined to meet Charles' mother. She closely examines the other parents and sees nothing but pleasant faces and is surprised when Charles is not mentioned at all.

Gift of the magi o henry
“Gift of the Magi”O. Henry

  • Mr. James Dillingham Young ("Jim") and his wife, Della, are a couple living in a modest flat. They each have only one possession in which they take pride: Della's beautiful long, flowing hair, almost to her knees and Jim's shiny gold watch, which had belonged to his father and grandfather.

  • On Christmas Eve, with only $1.87 in hand, and desperate to find a gift for Jim, Della sells her hair for $20, and eventually finds a platinum fob chain for Jim's watch for $21. She found the perfect gift at last and runs home and begins to prepare dinner, with 87 cents left.

  • When Jim comes home, he looks at Della with a strange expression. Della then admits to Jim that she sold her hair to buy him his present.

There will come soft rains ray bradbury
“There will come soft rains”Ray bradbury

  • Set in August 4, 2026 in the city of Allendale, California, There Will Come Soft Rains details the daily tasks of a robotic house after its inhabitants (Mr and Mrs McClellan and their son and daughter) have died in a nuclear war. The house is still undamaged, fully automated and sensitive to its owners and their requests and needs. It continues to serve the dead family, unaware of their absence, though aware of other external and internal disruptions such as the weather and birds attempting to land on it. Throughout the story, the house makes breakfast, disposes of it uneaten, and performs various domestic tasks. The house communicates via a set of recorded and synthesized voices.

The interlopers saki
“The interlopers”Saki

  • The Interlopers involves two families that have been feuding over a strip of forest for decades. The courts ruled in the Gradwitz family's favour but the Znaeym family never accepted this.One night, Ulrich takes a group of men into the forest with him searching for his enemy as he suspects he is hunting game on his land. When they finally come face to face, a lightning bolt strikes the tree and it falls, pinning them both to the floor, right beside each other.As they sit talking, they speak of what is going to happen when their men reach them first, how they will kill the other when their men release them from this massive tree. Ulrich drinks his wine flask and after a while he offers it to Georg. He wants to end their feud and Georg agrees. They offer to be friends after this ordeal.They decide to shout for their men to find them. After shouting for some time, they hear footsteps and noises in the distance. They shout louder as what they think are men come closer. When they get close enough, the men realize that these are not men, but are hungry wolves on their way to eat the two defenseless men

All summer in a day ray bradbury
“All Summer in a day”Ray Bradbury

  • This story is set on the planet Venus, where the sun shines for only two hours once every seven years. It opens on the day that the sun is due to make its appearance once again. Margot and the other children in her school on Venus are nine years old. Margot came from Earth to Venus five years ago. Therefore she accurately recalls the sun and the way it looked and felt as it shone on her when she was back in Ohio. However, this is not the case with the other children. They were far too young to remember what the sun was like when last it shone upon them. They can only imagine the warmness of that sun upon their arms and legs. Margot tells the others that the sun is round like a penny and hot like a fire in the stove. The other children accuse her of lying, and they show their resentment of her seeming superiority by locking her in a closet.

The necklace guy de maupassant
“The Necklace”Guy de maupassant

  • "The Necklace" tells the story of Madame MathildeLoisel and her husband. Mathilde always imagined herself in a high social position with wonderful jewels. However, she has nothing and marries a low-paid clerk who tries his best to make her happy. Through lots of begging at work her husband is able to get a couple of invitations to the Ministry of Education party. Mathilde then refuses to go, for she has nothing to wear.

  • Her husband is upset to see her displeasure and, using money that he was saving to buy a hunting rifle, gives Mathilde 400 francs to use. Mathilde goes out and buys a dress, but even with the dress she is not happy, as she is without any jewels to wear with it. The pair does not have much money left, so her husband suggests that she should buy roses to wear with it. After Mathilde disagrees, he suggests borrowing something from her friend, Madame Jeanne Forestier. Mathilde picks out the fanciest diamond necklace that she can find. After attending the party, Mathilde discovers that she has lost the necklace. She tries to find a quick way to replace it. She goes to a shop and discovers the price of a similar necklace to be 36,000 francs. She gets the new necklace after borrowing the money, but the long path of her financial struggles begins.

The lottery shirley jackson
“The Lottery”Shirley Jackson

  • On June 27th in a small town, the villagers gather together in the square for the town lottery. Village children run around collecting stones and making a pile of them in the square. The men arrive next, followed by the women. Parents call their children over and families stand together. Mr. Summers is the man in charge of the lottery. He arrives in the square with the black box, followed by Mr. Graves, the postmaster. Mr. Summers mixes up the slips of paper in the box. He and Mr. Graves made the papers the night before; before the lottery can begin a list is made of all the families and households in the village. Mr. Summers is sworn in. In the past there used to be a song and salute, but these have been lost. Tessie Hutchinson is late due to the fact she had forgotten that today was the lottery. She joins her husband and children at the front of the crowd and people make jokes about her tardiness. Mr. Summers asks whether anyone is absent, and the crowd responds that Dunbar isn't there. It is decided that Mrs. Dunbar will draw for him. Mr. Summers then asks whether the Watson boy will draw, and he answers yes. Mr. Summers also ensures that Old Man Warner is present. Mr. Summers reminds everyone of the lottery's rules: he’ll read names, and the family heads come up and draw a slip of paper. No one should look at the paper until everyone has drawn. Each person then comes up and draws a paper. Mr. Summers finishes calling names, and everyone opens his or her papers. Word quickly gets around that Bill Hutchinson has got it. Tessie argues that Bill didn't have enough time to make a fair draw. Mr. Graves dumps the contents of the box on the ground, then puts five papers in for the Hutchinsons. Each member of the family then draws another paper.