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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…show more content…
It is notable that the narrator is welcomed into the world of death by someone of his own class, Stanley, ‘whom I had known at college some years before’ and whose dialogue gradually reveals the outcome of the tale. Wider reading Read some of the Sherlock Holmes stories in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes or The Hound of the Baskervilles. Compare with The Signalman by Charles Dickens The Custody of the Pumpkin by PG Wodehouse An Englishman’s Home by Evelyn Waugh Online Biographical material and a searchable selection on online works can be found at: 5 Ray Bradbury (1920- ) There Will Come Soft Rains Bradbury has written numerous stories and novels, usually in the science fiction genre, where he shows his concerns with the trends of modern society by looking into the future. This bleak story is a good example, with the detached third person narrator describing a range of activities, which becomes more and more unnerving as the reader realises there is no human presence and all movement and voices are mechanised. The silhouettes on the wall reveal the poignant truth, showing a family destroyed while pursuing normal family activities. At the end of the story the technology destroys the home; the story suggests that man’s technology has already destroyed humanity
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