The present thesis deals with the closure techniques in the short stories of the french writer Marcel Arland (1899-1986). To my knowledge, there has been no thorough research on the ends of short stories. Therefore, this thesis provides a first systematic approach to the subject. First, an introduction on Marcel Arland?s work and a first definition of what constitutes the end of a story is given. In a second step, the study deals with the terms open ending and punchline. The open ending and the punchline both are often considered as essential and even obligatory elements of the short story. Both terms are clearly defined and evaluated in regard to their importance for Marcel Arland's short stories.Furthermore, the third part of this study analyses short story endings according to different narratology based criteria, as for example the relationship between ending, beginning and middle part of a story, the chronological order of the history, the narrative pace or the narrative modes. Therefore, we concretely differentiate:?Circular endings and endings with parallelism?Endings in chronological-linear stories, anticipated ends (Lämmert 1955: antizipierte Schlüsse) and ends that only solve unresolved mysteries at the end of the story (Lämmert 1955: Schlüsse mit auflösender Rückwendung)?Endings with accelerated narration and endings with time-extending narration?Narrative endings (making use of the modes report and speech) and non-narrative endings (in the modes comment and description)In a last step this thesis describes endings with regards to content and rhetorical particularities. For this purpose we first analyse topics and events, which regularly occur in the endings of Marcel Arland. Then we characterise the special atmosphere of his short story endings and finally we specify a number of frequently used rhetorical figures.