The Fall of the House of Usher

A good work of art will go on intriguing us and will grow as we grow. In fact, a final decyphering of a work of art is impossible both individually and generally. If a work of art is understood forever, then it does not exist as a work of art any more for a particular … Continue reading The Fall of the House of Usher

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To Build a Fire (1908 version) by Jack London

Written at a time when modernism was in its cradle, To Build a Fire by Jack London was a forerunner of modern fiction. Modern Literature does not treat a work as a finished product. It is only a conduit through which the reader and the writer interact to create art as a befitting product of … Continue reading To Build a Fire (1908 version) by Jack London

Somerset Maugham’s Salvatore

Somerset Maugham's short story Salvatore is an example of how a writer uses craft to suceed in the art not only of story telling but of make-belief as well. The story is well structured and each element of  story such as theme, characters, settings, plot and tone are well chosen after much deliberation. Rather than … Continue reading Somerset Maugham’s Salvatore

At Hiruharama (analysis)

At Hiruharama by Penelope Fitzgerald At Hiruharama is a well crafted story which sustains the reader’s attention through its sympathetic treatment of life. Though there is no winding plot, the story catches our attention and maintains tension and suspense because of the realistic portrayal of adorable characters. The story is about Mr. Tanner and his wife Kitty … Continue reading At Hiruharama (analysis)

The Destructors (analysis)

The Destructors by Graham Green The Destructors by Graham Green is an interesting short story which has allegorical touches. The story tells us how some unruly boys, vying with one another for leadership in their gang, go beyond all levels of evil and redefine it as a motiveless act. There are three levels of characters … Continue reading The Destructors (analysis)