In my native subcontinental literature, there is a notion that one of the identifying features of short stories is, it must end without a conclusion. The reader is left guessing. That is, the reader can assume anything to be the conclusion.

Is it same in English literature?

  • Would you be satisfied with an answer that provides a single (or a few) example(s) of English short stories with clear conclusions? Or are you hoping for more in-depth information about English short stories as a whole? – Rand al'Thor Nov 5 '19 at 11:37
  • @Randal'Thor, the first one. – user366312 Nov 5 '19 at 17:27
  • It is up to the author. There is no definite rule. – CinCout Nov 18 '19 at 4:40

A short story can, and often does, have a simple point to make. Sometimes, though, it leaves things open on purpose because it is intended to make you think and consider - and in so doing reconsider your own assumptions.

Some examples from my own favorites:

As you can see, a short story can end unresolved and leave it to your imagination - but it can also have a definite point and end that it wants to bring you to.

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