The theme of "Just Lather, That's All" is the nuances of morality and an exploration of the line between doing what is "best" and what is "moral." The story further develops the themes of bravery, heroism and common sense.
In the short story by Hernando Tellez, a barber is faced with conflicting emotions and convictions when he shaves the leader of a military unit that has killed and tortured some of his friends and comrades. The options of either slitting the man's throat or giving him a good shave highlight the themes of choosing between traditional morality and doing what would accomplish a "higher good" by eliminating the threat to an entire village of people.Learn More
A number of themes are found in "Montana 1948." Some themes include justice versus loyalty, the consequences of the abuse of power, the collapse of family structures, race relations and coming of age.Full Answer >
The theme of "The Monkey's Paw," a short story by W.W. Jacobs, is the danger of wish fulfillment and interfering with fate. In this supernatural tale first published in 1902, a family tampers with fate and pays an enormous price.Full Answer >
Del Mar College’s Stone Writing Center indicates that the theme of "Federigo's Falcon" is that people make great sacrifices for love, sometimes with unanticipated consequences. The tale illustrates a rather basic wish fulfillment plot pattern.Full Answer >
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 relationship with an old woman, Ms. Lottie. The story is set in rural Maryland during the Great Depression.Full Answer >