Her friend, Joanna, or Johnsy, loses all hope when she contracts pneumonia, and has a disturbing notion that once all the leaves on an old ivy branch fall off, she will die. This is Sue’s first loss—the loss of hope of relieving her friend of this alarming thought. Sue also loses another friend, one who ended up saving the life of Johnsy. When Sue called him up for his services as a model, she told him of Johnsy’s strange idea of the ivy leaves. He feels compassion on Johnsy, and in the night, secretly, when he discovered that the last leaf fell, “he painted it there [on the wall] the night that the last leaf fell."
A picture is given right off the start of a couple of artists rather down on their luck working hard to become something, with an old man of similar condition in the building beneath them, named Behrman, a sour and grumpy soul, who “scoffed terribly at softness in anyone” (Henry). But the two friends’ condition takes a turn for the worse when Johnsy comes down with pneumonia, and remains bed-ridden for the rest of the story. As Johnsy’s condition worsens, she peers out her bedroom window to see an ancient, gnarled vine rapidly losing its leaves in the frigid storms. Johnsy decides that hers and the leaf’s death will come simultaneously—but the leaf stays strong, not breaking its grip on the vine. While Johnsy heals and regains her strength, old Behrman becomes stricken with pneumonia as well, perhaps due to his venture into the cold to paint that last leaf on the wall, for Johnsy, to keep up her hope.
Hilterman was raised in a family of classical musicians, which ultimately inspired him to become a musician as well (Shahidi). In the film, Hilterman describes his ability to learn to play the drums as a deaf person because it “comes from your heart” and that he loves to perform. During Hilterman’s interview in the beginning of the film, he informs the audience that he has been teaching for the past two years, but feels the desire to perform one last time before he dies (Walla). He contacts all of his former band members and they all appear to be eager to perform as well. Hilterman is able to bring the band back together after they had a two year break and begins to produce the largest show in the band’s history.
In the short story, Behrman has a strong and healthy body in the beginning. Even though many people around him suffer pneumonia, he is still able to keep his body healthy and strong. One of his neighbors named Johnsy suffers a serious pneumonia, and she also remains a negative attitude. Johnsy hopes to die just after the last leaf on a tree in front of her window falls. after Behrman hears this situation from a friend of her, he proclaims,” This is not a place in which one so good as Ms. Johnsy shall lie sick.” Behrmen makes a decision to help Johnsy in a very special way.
There are also people who helped him through his worrisome times. One example of that is Rab. Once he was kicked out of the Laphams, he was back on his feet after a fourteen-year-old nice boy named Rab offered him a job selling newspapers at, the local, Boston Observer. For working there, Johnny would receive a place to stay. Along with that, he would acquire his own horse to travel easily while selling the paper.
While being in the church to get away from the "fuzz" after killing Bob the Social, Johnny gets Ponyboy a copy of Gone with the Wind. This was because Johnny was getting supplies for them as they were supposed to wait for Dally to come and help them. On page 71, Johnny says to Ponyboy about it while being embarrassed, "I remembered you sayin' something about it once. I thought you could maybe read it out loud and help kill time." Johnny had known Ponyboy was upset after he had killed Bob despite it was an emergency situation of self-defense.
Harriet Tubman mostly known for her abolitionist work was a very influential woman that saved many slaves’ lives. She was born into slavery with siblings and parents by her side. She died on March 10, 1913, but is still remembered for all of her work. Harriet Tubman had a hard life in slavery, worked in the Civil War, rescued slaves, worked on the underground railroad and can be compared to Nat Turner who also lived in the period of time when there was slavery. First off, Harriet Tubman was a slave that suffered many beatings and punishments for her actions that would cause her to have seizures in her later life.
Rab, the two apprentice boys, and Mr. Lorne all greatly contribute to the success of the printing shop. Out of all of them, Johnny was in fact the least experienced. All of this led to Johnny’s realization that the world does not revolve around him. He is only one part of a joint effort and he would finally understand that in order to succeed, everyone must work together. Indeed, Mr. Lorne’s shop, where everyone contributes in whatever way possible, ran significantly smoother than Mr. Lapham's silver smith business where Johnny thought of himself as the only talented and useful apprentice.
Basically as if he, being a man, was greater than her, being a woman. The fact that Milkman changed the way he saw his mother because of his actions communicates Morrison’s portrayal of women. Since Milkman never had anything serious with these women, he never took them seriously. All these women would provide was sexual pleasure; therefore they were viewed as something with little to no importance. Milkman didn’t become less than what he was because he’s a man, but it’s not the same for women.
He is also a smoker and alcoholic person because his parents never really said anything to him like he should not drink and smoke in this age, in fact, john has his habit from his dad because he also drinks and is a bad example for john. Compared to Lorraine at home, she is observant and understands what her mother is going through and how she has taken the responsibility of a kid by herself. Lorraine has no freedom at home that’s why she always had to lie to his mom to go out because she knows that her mother is violent and she will get hit if she gets to know the truth. Though she is very cautious at home so that her mother doesn’t get to know her plans with john and the pranks they have made and done so far. Finally, Lorraine’s relationship with The Pigman is very important for her because she feels happy with him and he cares for her, makes her feel good about her appearance and gives her love and the attention she always wanted from a person she is close to.