O. Henry Essays

  • Symbolism In O Henry's The Gift Of The Magi

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    In the short story, “The Gift of the Magi”, written by, O' Henry, the theme is, when a person truly loves someone they are willing to sacrifice just about anything to see a loved one happy. Such message was demonstrated in the story through the usage of the following literary devices: irony, symbolism, and diction to set a tone. Irony is when the opposite of what is expected does not happen. Symbolism is a person, place, or thing that suggests more than its literal meaning. Diction is the word choice

  • O. Henry And Romanticism

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    O. Henry’s life was melancholy. Born on September 11, 1862, O. Henry is known as one of the most talented and influential writers in the history of literature. (Martin) He was born between his dad “Algernon Sydney Porter” and “Mary Jane Virginia Swaim” in Greensbro, North Carolina. He had two brothers “Shirley Worth”, and “David Weir”, but both of them died when they were young. (Merriman) His aunt “Lina Porter” taught him writing, reading, storytelling and literature when he was a child. (Martin)

  • Literature: Internal, And External Conflicts In Literature

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    Conflicts are the central issue that makes the story move in a literature. Conflicts in literature consists of internal and external conflicts. The internal conflict is one which exist inside the character and must be resolved by the character alone while the external conflict deals with the problems of the world. The external conflict manifests as man versus man or man versus the society. In, “good people”, the story had an internal and external conflicts. The story is centered typically around

  • Short Essay On The Most Dangerous Game

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    “The Most Dangerous Game,” a short story by Richard Connell, dives into the discussion over whether animals have feelings, and if it is fine for them to be hunted for a human’s own entertainment. The main protagonist, Sanger Rainsford, an American author and hunter, and the antagonist, General Zaroff, a hunter as-well, have similar views in the concept of dominance and killing animals for their own pleasure. Throughout the events of the story, both characters, ironically, switch between being the

  • Analysis Of Gwilan's Harp By O Henry

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    What are the aspects of loss? The characters in the short stories “Gwilan’s Harp” by Ursula K. LeGuin, Isaac Singer’s“The Washwoman” , and “The Last Leaf” by O’ Henry, all suffer great losses in different aspects. Ursula K. LeGuin characterizes Gwilan as a skillful, lighthearted harper; however she suffer a great loss later in her life. Unlike Gwilan, in the short story of Issac and O’Henry, the washwoman and Behrman both live a tragic life since the beginning of the story. The characters in three

  • Dialogue In The Oliver Twist

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    In this essay, various aspects, behaviors, and moods of different characters from two completely different stories are going to be revealed by analyzing the dialogue in the text namely “The Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens and “A Portrait of The Artist as a Young Man” by James Joyce. In “The Oliver Twist” Oliver Twist, an innocent, brave boy who was suffering the horrors of slow starvation for three months along with his friends and only being served one small bowl of gruel per day. During

  • Why Honey Raymond Carver Analysis

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    Why, Honey? ”Why, Honey?” is a short story written by Raymond Carver in 1976. The story is structured as a letter addressed to an unknown man and is about an intricate relationship between a mother and her son. In the beginning of the story, the mother describes her son as ‘a good boy’. She is very permissive and she seems to care a lot for him. As almost every other mother, she gets inquisitive and suspicious when her son starts to hide things from her and keep secrets to himself. She tries to

  • The Character Of Linda In Willy Russell's Blood Brothers

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    English essay Reem Al-Ahmad 10 Dunes How does Russell present the character of Linda to an audience throughout the play? William "Willy" Russell is a British playwright, lyricist and musician, who wrote a grievous play ‘Blood Brothers’, in 1983 set in Liverpool. Russell uses a strong yet effective literary convention, dramatic irony as the base, and builds up throughout the play. The play follows with two twins separated at birth due to social class matters, demonstrating a set of events that lead

  • Symbolism In Tillie Olsen's I Stand Here Ironing

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    A common conflict within a familial unit is the parent-child relationship. There are countless works of literature that discuss and analyze the topic thoroughly. I Stand Here Ironing is a short story, by Tillie Olsen, that beautifully displays the perspective of the working single mother in the mid-nineteen hundreds. Olsen’s strategic use of several literary elements highlight the personal struggles of single mothers who have conflicting feelings about motherly duties and “bread-winning” obligations

  • Essay On Creative Nonfiction

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    [Title] Marianne de Guzman Impo lifts her spindly hands away from her thin body and slowly, she opened her palm. It was a bursikos, a small pouch made from cheesecloth. Inside was a pair of earrings and a necklace made from the gold mines of Paracale and a tambourine chain. This is an excerpt taken from my first interview story from one of my writing classes. It was entitled “Grandmother’s Favorite”, a supernatural story about my mother’s strange encounter with her deceased grandmother’s soul

  • Summary Of Raymond Carver's Cathedral

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    Can a person learn something from communicating with someone else? For some people connecting with a new person is difficult and one might question the idea of connecting with a new person. For example, in Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral” The narrator is unhappy about the blind man Robert coming to stay at his house. Then, the narrator starts to enjoy Robert’s company. While they are watching television, Robert tells the narrator to fetch a piece of heavy paper. Lastly, the narrator and Robert draw a

  • Blindness In Cathedral

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    A Blind Man's Perspective Can you imagine a life without sight? In the short story Cathedral, the readers come across a man named Robert who lives with such blindness. Robert is the friend of the protagonist's wife and stays at their house after visiting some family. This story focuses on the thoughts and actions of the protagonist who is only referred to as the husband. He starts the story with a brief overview of his wife's past and how she met Robert. After filling the readers in, he picks up

  • Sherman Alexie What You Pawn I Will Redeem Analysis

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    Alexie, S. (2003). What You Pawn I Will Redeem. The New Yorker. The article by Sherman Alexie talks about a homeless Indian man trying to recover his late grandmother’s powwow regalia. The story takes us through the character’s ordeals as he tries to raise money to pay the pawnbroker. From the story, society’s compassion and sympathy are clearly seen, through specific individuals that help Jackson along the way, for example, the Police Officer and the newspaper boss. The climax of the story comes

  • Conflict In Anne Frank's The Boy In The Striped Pajamas

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    There are several ways that people can react to conflicts. There are many people that react to conflict by being seemingly paralyzed by their current situation, but there are also many who face their conflicts by acting hopeful and search for successful solutions to the conflicts that they face. By facing a problem with optimism, people can often find ways to solve their problems. There are several people who act nervous during difficult situations and often do not find ways to clearly think of

  • Analysis Of Daniel Wallace's Essay 'The Bitter Southerner'

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    Daniel Wallace’s essay “Killings,” which was recently featured in The Bitter Southerner, is a very honest explanation as to how the author ended up killing a chicken. The essay features a section in which the Wallace discusses “the early years” of his experiences with death, and the childhood he describes is one that is very stereotypically Southern. Playing outside and messing with bugs are much more common in the South than in the North, so this essay embodies Eudora Welty’s idea that the location

  • Sylvia In A White Heron

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    Love in the Forest “A little girl was driving home her cow, a plodding, dilatory, provoking creature in her behavior, but a valued companion at that” (Jewett). Sylvia’s attentiveness to the wellbeing of the cow speaks to her care for animals; the creatures of the forest trust her and come to eat food from her hands. Cruelly, an intrusion into the way of life that Sylvia has made for herself tests her connection and dedication to the natural world. In Sara Orne Jewett’s short story “A White Heron

  • The Short Story 'Popular Mechanics' By Raymond Carver

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    In a perfect world, there would be no fights, arguments or disagreements that result in destruction and pain. Unfortunately, the world is full of constant battles that cause many relationships to fail. Divorce rates have skyrocketed over the past years and young families are slowly falling apart. Although each relationship is different, one of the main reasons that arguments occur is because of a lack of proper communication or hidden secrets. Either of these things can create chaos. Similarly, in

  • The Theme Of Blindness In Raymond Carver's Cathedral

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    Blindness is known as the lack of sight and is seen as a disability. This disability is normally thought of as a limitation of what an individual can do. Though what happens when a blind man can see more than his counterpart? Other than being an obvious juxtaposition you get Raymond Carver’s short story “Cathedral”. “Cathedral” is told from a first-person perspective by an unnamed narrator. The narrator is portrayed at the start of the short story as an ignorant and prejudice man. Carver uses a theme

  • Deceit In Roald Dahl's The Cactus By O. Henry

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    The common link established in the two chosen short stories is deceit. The Cactus by O. Henry showcases how deceit and pride are inimical to love. Second, The Umbrella man by Roald Dahl is a story of irony and deceptive appearance. The Cactus is written from a third person’s point of view. However the narrator is not detached from the happenings. Instead he delves in the mind of the central character- Trysdale. This enables us to understand his inner turmoil caused due to the losing over of his

  • The Stranger Literary Analysis

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    In Albert Camus’ novel The Stranger, readers follow the story of Mersault, a young man living in Algiers who is dealing with his mother’s death. Right away readers can look at Mersault and see his careless and unemotional life. He clearly does not care for what people think about him, and he would never lie about himself to be recognized. He does not accept the society’s idea of happiness by the way he deals with the moments in his life. He does not believe in life after death and has no religion