The Technique of the Frame Tale: A Study in the Short Stories of H.H. Munro (Saki)


Art for art’s sake is a characteristic feature of modern literature. The concentration on form and language began assuming greater important than ideas. This trend led to the appearance of the metafictional novel which is a novel about the art of writing novels. Such novels have a Frame Tale and series of stories embedded within the major one. This narrative technique can also be traced is some short stories, especially of the famous British short story writer Hector Hugh Munro (Saki) (1870-1916).​The present study aims at showing how Saki employs the Frame Tale technique to draw the attention of his readers to the best and the worst way to tell a short story. Two of his well-known short stories; “The Open Window” (1914) and “The Story-teller” (1914) are chosen as examples.