How many does it take to make twelve?’” (Henry 2)This helps develop a humorous tone because the ways that the child acts around the kidnappers is the opposite of what the reader expects. A final example of situational irony is when “Red Chief’s” father responds to the ransom note. The reader expects that the father will be worried due to the child’s sudden disappearance and be angry and devastated at the same time. Again, the father does not react as expected, instead he writes a note to the kidnappers to pay him the money so that they could give the child back. “Two Desperate Men.
“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.
Even though the two stories create two different feelings for the readers situational irony is used to create a unexpected twist. In the story “Ransom of Red Chief” by O. Henry situational irony helps this short story to be a humorous piece of fiction. In particular, when Bill and Sam, the two kidnappers, abduct Johnny Dorset, Son of his wealthy father, Ebenezer Dorset. The two kidnappers expect Johnny to be scared to never see his family again. However Red chief is having a blast out in the wilderness.
In the story “The Ransom Of Redchief” the two main characters Bill and Sam decide to kidnap a kid so they can get money from the ransom. The choose Johnny (also known as Red Chief) to capture. Johnny is a very bad choice for a kidnapping for many reasons. Not only is Johnny very energetic and playful but he's also violent when he plays games, but most importantly his dad who would pay the ransom doesn't care enough to pay it. As already mentioned Johnny is extremely energetic and imaginative.
If Crito helps him escape, he will earn a bad reputation as well. If his friends help him escape, they would be putting themselves in danger of being prosecuted and losing their money. His children would be known to have a father who's on the run because he broke the law and they would be left alone if he escapes to another city. They would be left alone even if he stays in jail and faces his execution, but it is better if they stay in Athens with people they know. If he escapes to another city, they will view him as a criminal and if his children came with him they would be viewed as foreigners.
“Orgon's desire to retain Tartuffe is a function--a reaction and an invitation--of others' desire to be rid of him, of which Damis’ desire is the most strident, the most like the desire of his father in its imperious violence”(Mckenna). Andrew Mckenna illustrates how Orgon tries to protect Tartuffe from his family. He will stand up to his own family and betray them just to make sure Tartuffe will always be made to look like a saint. Orgon calls out his own son and banishes him for accusing Tartuffe of being a hypocrite.“Traitor! And how dare you even try To tarnish this man’s virtue with a lie”(Tartuffe 3.6.19-20).
“... bring Johnny home and pay me two hundred and fifty dollars, and I agree to take him of your hands”(O. Henry 3). Showing that the dad knows his son is annoying and that he will get his son back. O. Henry’s short story “The Ransom of Red Chief” is a low level comedy that uses comic characters and word play pun to convey the idea that people that do bad, don 't think about the consequences that could happen to them. O. Henry’s story is a low comedy because of the plot and the physical mishaps. In the story the boy hits bill again with a rock.
The reason she can't go to medical school is because Walter gave away Big Walters insurance money to Willy Harris, who then stole it. For this reason, the ending is bitter because Walter gave away money made out of “Big Walters flesh”, causing the family to be torn. Following this, Lindner gives the Youngers a warning saying, “I hope you people know what you're getting into” (149). This foreshadows that something bad may happen at the new house since Linder is telling them that they better know what to expect. Implying that the Youngers could very well be in danger from their white neighbors.
He tries to plan out the murder of Claudius in a way that he will not feel guilty afterwards. Moral Truth is also evident because Claudius knows that killing his own brother is wrong, but he was so consumed by his need for power that he no longer cared about what is right or wrong. Claudius also knows that marrying his brother’s sister is not viewed well in society, but he no longer cares, so long as he
Twelfth Night surrounds itself with stories of love, but not all of them end with positive outcomes. The definition of tragedy written by Oxford Dictionary as: “A play dealing with tragic events and having an unhappy ending” (Oxford Dictionaries), and of comedy as: “A film, play, or broadcast programme intended to make an audience laugh.” (Oxford Dictionary), helps to differentiate between these different outcomes of love, some as tragic and others as positive or comedic. Keeping these definitions in mind will help to further develop the lack of comedy and presence of tragedy that surrounds the sub plot concerning Malvolio. Nancy Lindheim continues to broaden the themes produced in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Lindheim’s Rethinking Sexuality and Class in Twelfth Night, notes that “critics of course usually recognize that marriage is the desired closure for comedy”, (Lindheim, 680).
Lev views it as he is being kidnapped by a crazy lunatic, “... Connor looks into the eyes of this frightened kid,... he reaches through the window, pulls up the lock, and opens the door.” (Shusterman 19). As said earlier, Lev thinks he is being taken with force and being used for ransom when really Connor was just trying to help save him. Lev has gained the mindset to think that his unwinding was a good thing and he should be proud of it. “This is what I
Contrasting between the two criminals is the funny part of the task to think of ways to differentiate between the two. Bill is so different from his partner, because he was getting harmed by red chief (the boy they kidnapped) while Sam wasn’t getting touched. Bill is getting injured back to back and Sam’s getting tired of red chief hurting his partner in crime. Bill insisted for Red Chief to go home, but for some reason he said no and he wanted stay and play with Bill and Sam. Bill said that he was going to end up in the hospital ,Cause red chief keeps on hurting him.
In the short story “Ransom of Red Chief” by O. Henry, it used differences in the point of views of the characters to create dramatic irony by the characters Sam and Bill believing that the father will pay to get the son back, yet we can tell from the child 's actions that the father won’t pay that amount, so the father ends up getting paid to get the son back, which was humorous to us but not to the actual characters. An example from the text to support my claim is from page 25,” That boy had Bill terrorized from the start.” This shows that even though Bill was the kidnapper the kid was torturing him. This explains how from the beginning this child was too horrible for anyone to want to handle. We also know that dad, who spent most time with
Ebenezer knows that Johnny must be causing the kidnappers trouble and knows that he will get money to take him back. Instead Sam and Bill pay Ebenezer the money and will never return to the town of Summit ever again. Therefore, in O. Henry’s short story “The Ransom of Redchief” he uses situational irony to create a humorous short