Top 10 Classic Short Stories

Classic Short Stories

The classic old era was unknown of the series and kept books besides. So, here are 10 top tales from the classics. So, read more.

1. The yellow wallpaper

Charlotte Perkins once wrote, “Nobody would believe what an effort it is to do what little I am able – to dress and entertain, and order things,” and it becomes a statement forever. The yellow wallpaper is a classic modern horror story. The tale narrates the story of a woman who is trapped in her room to cure her hysteria. As the story goes deep in psychology, the narrator discovers the horror of the color yellow in her room. The story briefly reflects on the patriarchy of the society and becomes one of the documentation of feminism.

2. Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

Giovanni’s Room, one of the early James Baldwin, brought out sexuality and same-sex relationships. It’s about a young man in an American city who discovers his sexuality. He is committed to his girlfriend but at the same finds his affection for an Italian bartender. The story is not only well-written but also touches on various complicated ideas. The book stands as a semi-biography written in the early 20th century.

Giovanni’s Room

3. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

Metamorphosis is one of the most renowned works of modernism and alienation in the modern world. The story metaphorically describes the concept of alienation through a salesperson who turns into a beetle. The story was published in 1915. This story laid the foundation for the Surrealist moments in the world. After the publication, Artist brought out a series of art in literature, art, and poetry showing the creative side of the world.

4. Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway

One of the best stories written by Ernest Hemingway, called the hills like white elephants, is a notable work of the era. The story talks about a young couple waiting for a train at the station. The man forces the woman on abortion. It is one of the works the focuses on male domination and women’s fear of a male body. It looks at feminism from a straightforward angle but from a clear lens.

5. Speech Sounds by Octavia Butler

Speech sounds by Octavia Butler stand one as science fiction. The story talks about a pandemic situation where people are unable to communicate. The human ability to respond to communication symbols, gestures reduces in the story, which ultimately reaches violence. This concept stands as one and the evergreen concepts, as it showcases the importance of communication. The release of this story during cold war times brought home an award for Octavia butler.

Speech Sounds

6. On the Honeymoon by Javier Marias

The honeymoon is an extract from the collection of stories, “when I was immortal.” The story stands unique and spontaneous, with the era that the story was brought out. The story is about a couple who are on their honeymoon. The wife becomes sick and has to stick to the bed, whereas the husband sticks to the window, looking out. The story takes a twist when a caring husband looks at a beautiful woman out from the window.

7. A good husband is hard to find by Flannery O’Connor

A good husband is hard to find is another classic work that reflects the conflicts of families in modern days. The family struggles to keep up a happy life, but the family ends in a car accident on their way to Florida with consequences.

8. The magic shop

The magic story is a tale that brings an adult back to his childhood, exploring the memories. The legend talks about a magic shop where a father and son visits to buy magic toys. The father misses the fun and joy brought to the son and is brought back to his childhood days. It stands as the description that responsibility takes away pleasure, the adulthood takes away childhood. The story also talks about magic and related space.

9. ‘Rip Van Winkle’ by Washington Irving

Rip Van Winkle is a short story that talks about developing America after the revolution. When the tale protagonist, Wakes up from a deep sleep, he is transported to 20 years in the future. He looks at the modernisation and looks through the consequence of his deeds. The development does excite him but eventually breaks him down.

The 10th top tale is left for you to decide, let us know your 10th ultimate tale, and we will add it to the list.

Top 10 Classic Short Stories

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