Have you ever had one of those moments where the opposite of what is expected to happen happens? This is called irony and it comes in many forms. In Ransom of Red Chief, by: O.Henry, irony is found on almost every page, but who is the most ironic character overall? The most ironic character is Bill because he can be followed without knowing, a little boy can make him scream like a woman, and he ends up having to pay off a ransom that he charged. It all started when Bill and his friend, Sam, decided to kidnap a little boy named Johnny Dorset.
“It looked like a good thing, but wait till I tell you.” In Bill and Sam’s endeavor to make money fast, they decided to kidnap the son of a prominent citizen and ask for ransom. However, after contacting the boy’s father, the amateur criminals quickly realize that they’re in over their heads. In the short story The Ransom of Red Chief, O. Henry creates the theme that one shouldn’t bite off more than he or she can chew. To begin with, O. Henry uses irony to instill that all is not always as it seems. The victim of the kidnapping doesn’t act like a victim.
Regret: as a verb, it means to feel sad, repentant, or disappointed over something that has happened or been done, especially a loss or missed opportunity. As a noun, it means almost the same thing; a feeling of sadness, repentance, or disappointment over something that has happened or been done. This is a common theme in O. Henry’s “The Ransom of Red Chief”. It tells the tale of two con men, Bill and Sam, who regret kidnapping a young boy, nicknamed ‘Red Chief’, after he proves to be wild and uncontrollable. The film adaptation starts off with the same basis, but Bill and Sam never really experience the feeling of regret, and the ending is completely different.
He utilizes him mental situation to help know others better and catch them in the paranoia as the plot builds up. We still can’t be assured if the madness was legit or a fluke but Shakespeare surely did work the magic; mixing sarcasm and madness to create a world famous renowned
A boy gets kidnapped by two men just because of money and greed, the two men don’t even care about the little boy. In the short story a boy gets kidnapped and he beats up the other guys and in the end, they give him back to his dad and then the two men ran away. In the short story, “The Ransom of Red Chief” by O.Henry, depicts the theme that greediness causes consequences. It illustrates the theme because of the two men’s actions, they take certain measures just to be able to get thousands of dollars. These quotes show that these men will do anything to get money, because “That boy put up a fight like a welterweight cinnamon bear; but at last, we got him down in the bottom of the buggy and drove away.” This quote shows that the men take drastic measures just to get money, because they kidnapped an innocent little boy.
Although the humor and irony is greatly exaggerated in this situation, the author’s style assists the reader in relating to the narrator and becoming more involved in the challenges that are presented within the text. Both in this essay and in Putting Daddy On, I was able to relate to the purpose of each narrative although they used different styles. While this essay focuses more on the effect that humor has on its readers, it is still presented in such a way that the argument becomes relatable to anyone who has encountered a situation similar to this
Objective Summary: “Ransom of the Red Chief,” By O’Henry The author O’ Henry shares the hilarious and very ironic story of two kidnappers and a boy named Johnny in the short story titled, “Ransom of the Red Chief.” At first, we are introduced with Bill and Sam, two “desperate men” who are in need of $2,000. They decide the best way to obtain this needed money is to kidnap the son of the rich and wealthy Ebenezer Dorset, a boy who was just ten years old. Bill and Sam are successful in kidnapping the child, and bring him to a cave outside of the small town, Summit. Throughout the story, readers find that Johnny is not at all frightened about his kidnapping, and is actually enjoying it. He names himself “Red Chief,” and continually pesters both
Every time Prince Horace misbehaves Jemmy is punished with spankings in his place because it is illegal to punish the prince. The mischievous prince decides to run away and forces Jemmey to go along with him. The two boys eventually run into trouble when two bandits, Hold-Your-Nose Billy and Cutwater take them hostage. Assuming he is royalty because he can read and write, the two bandits plan to use Jemmey for ransom in order to get money and treasures from the King. After a few more dangerous adventures and the help of Captain Nips and Petunia, the boys finally find their way back to the city.
Satire is a literary element that has been used for centuries by authors, comedians, and many other types of writers in order to convey their own opinion of a situation in a lighthearted way. Typically, authors use satire as a way to point out the flaws a situation has. Most audiences respond positively to this type of writing as they find it comedic or entertaining. Charles Dickens would often use satire to poke fun at different concepts happening in his novel A Tale of Two Cities, such as the justice system of France, ego of nobles, and personality of his characters, in order to emphasize his opinion on them and encourage the reader to realize what exactly in society needs to be changed. Throughout the novel, Dickens frequently uses satire in
Hiding Behind a Writing Technique Critique of Chaucer’s Use of Satire to Reach His Intended Audience Satire can be explained in many different ways, but is most commonly defined as, “The use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people 's stupidity or vices.” One author who took full advantage of the use of satire in his literary works was Geoffrey Chaucer. Chaucer’s use of satire in some of his most important writings; General Prologue, Pardoner’s Prologue/Tale, and Wife of Bath’s Prologue/Tale is displayed in a very ironic and exaggerated way. Throughout these stories, Chaucer used his characters to express his feelings without taking the blame for his opinions. He uses satire as a tool for his writing, not just