Short stories are little treasures that some of the most talented authors can share with their readers. These stories are long enough to capture our attention and short enough to finish quickly, while still managing to leave a lasting impression. Here are a few of my favorite classic short stories.
- The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, by F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
How great would it be to grow young instead of growing old? Not so great for our friend Benjamin Button who has to experience life in such an opposing way. He has a few wonderful years in his twenties where he becomes his best self, but as the years pass, he becomes more and more like a child. As his health declines, he loses his memories and his friends.
- The Cask of Amontillado, by EDGAR ALLAN POE
Going into the story, we find out that an angry Montresor is seeking revenge on Fortunato, who has done him wrong. With a carnival underway, Montresor offers an inebriated Fortunato a wine-tasting excursion. Fortunato obliges and is lured into a wine cellar with the expectation of tasting Amontillado. They travel to the bottom of the cellar where Montresor chains him to a wall and buries him alive brick by brick.
- The Gift of the Magi, by O. HENRY
I love this story because it’s about love and giving. A married couple with less than two dollars to their name desperately wants to give one another gifts for Christmas. The woman has long beautiful hair and the man has a pocket watch that was passed down to him. They both go out and sacrifice their most treasured possessions in order to get the money they need for nice gifts. It teaches us that love is truly priceless.
- Buried Treasure, by O. HENRY
Two men vie for the attention of May Martha. But the one obstacle in their way is her father, who deems them to be unfit for his daughter. When he and his daughter disappear, the men try everything to find her without luck. So they decide to go on a search for treasure and in the midst of their search, one of them finds something better than treasure. May Martha was tucked away on a hidden land in hopes of her true love finding her. The man is pleased to know she was waiting for him all along.
- The Tell-Tale Heart, by EDGAR ALLAN POE
My heart raced throughout this story. Poe has a way of keeping us on the edge of our seats. The narrator is clearly paranoid and has created a scheme to kill his roommate who has a discolored eye. He spends a week plotting and scheming to bring forth his murderous plan. On the eighth day, he kills his roommate and dismembers his body. When the police arrive, guilt sets in, and he begins to hear the old man’s heart ringing in his ears until he can’t stand it anymore and confesses his crime. This was a great, thrilling story to read.