Stories Essay

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UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS
IGCSE LITERATURE IN ENGLISH: SYLLABUS 0486
NOTES FOR TEACHERS ON STORIES SET FOR STUDY FROM
STORIES OF OURSELVES: THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS ANTHOLOGY OF SHORT STORIES IN ENGLISH
FOR EXAMINATION IN JUNE AND NOVEMBER 2010, 2011 AND 2012
CONTENTS
Introduction: How to use these notes
1. The Signalman Charles Dickens
2. The Yellow Wallpaper Charlotte Perkins Gilman
3. How It Happened Arthur Conan Doyle
4. There Will Come Soft Rains Ray Bradbury
5. Meteor John Wyndham
6. The Lemon Orchard Alex la Guma
7. Secrets Bernard MacLaverty
8. The Taste of Watermelon Borden Deal
9. The Third and Final Continent Jhumpa Lahiri
10. On Her Knees Tim
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It is notable that the pattern on the wallpaper entraps and restricts the woman within and the narrator eventually identifies with her, saying ‘I’ve got out at last… you can’t put me back!’
Wider reading
Other short stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman include When I Was a Witch, Turned, Making a Change and If I Were a Man.
Compare with
The Signalman by Charles Dickens
On Her Knees by Tim Winton
The Hollow of the Three Hills by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Fall of the House of Usher by Edgar Allen Poe
The Lady in the Looking Glass by Virginia Woolf
Sandpiper by Adhaf Soueif
Online
Biographical and critical material on Charlotte Perkins Gilman can be found at: http://www.womenwriters.net/domesticgoddess/gilman1.html and http://www.kirjasto.sci.fi/gilman.htm 4
Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)
How It Happened
Arthur Conan Doyle is perhaps better known for his Sherlock Holmes mysteries, but in this story it is the reader who is invited to do the detective work in an attempt to solve the very short story’s mystery before its dénouement. There are little clues, such as the narrator’s comment ‘I can live it again’ and the reference to the car as ‘roaring, golden death’, to hint at the resolution of the story before its final line.
The story also concerns wilful masculine pride, in the narrator’s insistence on

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