The Ransom Of Red Chief Short Story

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Annoying Children and Bad Kidnappers, a love story Are you ever just in the mood to kidnap a kid for lots of money? That’s exactly what “The Ransom of Red Chief” by O. Henry is about. Two grown men decide to kidnap a little boy, but by the end of the story they end up paying to get rid of him. When you read this story you might find the characters confusing and slightly annoying, therefore you probably should save yourself some time and just not read this story. Along with the dilactate that makes the story a little hard to understand, the characters are slightly confusing and annoying. One moment where this is present is when they are discussing what to do to get the money. Discussing a kidnapping is already an insanely weird thing, but to do it on the steps of a hotel in town is not a good idea. Also taking the child of a famous person is smart, they should have realized with his occupation he’s pretty good at what he does. He easily wasn’t going to pay that much money since his job was to work with money. It’s extremely obvious to the entire neighborhood the boy is getting kidnapped and it’s a bit odd that no one saw it happen. The men should have chosen a quieter, more subtle way of getting the boy and not making such a fuss. Once they get to the cave they start to play games that the little boy enjoys whats going on. He…show more content…
Most kidnappers have big reasons to kidnap the individual. Either stalking that person for some time or knowing how the family would react and what they would pay, if the child went missing are big reasons people take who they do. When these guys decided to just talk the richest man in town’s son, they didn’t seem to understand this child wasn’t missed by many. The use of flashbacks and character development in this short story would have helped explain why he wasn’t missed. Instead, the author just includes a note from the father
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