‘The Fly’ by Katherine Mansfield: Summary and Analysis

 

By Dr Oliver Tearle

‘The Fly’ is not one of the best-known short stories of the New Zealand-born writer Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923), but it is significant for being one of her few stories which deals directly with the First World War. In the story, a man is reminded of the death of his young son in the war, only to become distracted by a fly which has fallen into the inkpot on his desk. Continue reading “‘The Fly’ by Katherine Mansfield: Summary and Analysis”

‘The Kiss’ by Kate Chopin: Summary and Analysis

 

By Dr Oliver Tearle

‘The Kiss’ is a short story by the American writer Kate Chopin (1850-1904), written in a single day (19 September 1894) and published in Vogue magazine the following June. (Chopin was paid just $10 for the story.) ‘The Kiss’ is about a woman who is passionately attracted to one man but who wishes to marry another, who is a millionaire; one day, the man she loves kisses her in full view of the wealthy man she wants to marry. Continue reading “‘The Kiss’ by Kate Chopin: Summary and Analysis”

‘The Devoted Friend’ by Oscar Wilde: Summary and Analysis

 

By Dr Oliver Tearle

‘The Devoted Friend’ is one of the fairy tales for children written by the Irish author Oscar Wilde (1854-1900). It was published in the 1888 collection The Happy Prince and Other Tales. ‘The Devoted Friend’ is about a Miller named Hugh, who professes to be devoted to his friend Hans, but in actual fact he uses Hans and insists on his performing endless favours for him without Hugh giving anything back in return. Continue reading “‘The Devoted Friend’ by Oscar Wilde: Summary and Analysis”