O. Henry Award Essays

  • Dialogue In The Oliver Twist

    768 Words  | 4 Pages

    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

    773 Words  | 4 Pages

    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

    1249 Words  | 5 Pages

    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

    734 Words  | 3 Pages

    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

    872 Words  | 4 Pages

    [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

    789 Words  | 4 Pages

    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

    863 Words  | 4 Pages

    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

  • Exploring The Theme Of Raymond Carver's Cathedral

    770 Words  | 4 Pages

    Noah Starr Robin Thomas ENGL 1102 31 Jan 2016 Theme of “Cathedral” In the short story “Cathedral”, Raymond Carver tells a story through a narrator who is blind with jealousy and cannot see, Robert, a physically blind man in mourning, yet he is caring, easy going, and the final character, the narrator’s wife who is the bridge between them. These two men live in separate worlds, and now through the inciting incident of the death of Robert’s wife, their two worlds collide. Beginning the first day she

  • Sherman Alexie What You Pawn I Will Redeem Analysis

    748 Words  | 3 Pages

    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

    1020 Words  | 5 Pages

    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'

    930 Words  | 4 Pages

    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

    943 Words  | 4 Pages

    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

    1379 Words  | 6 Pages

    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

    1452 Words  | 6 Pages

    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

  • Fritz The Cat Analysis

    914 Words  | 4 Pages

    Fritz the Cat (1972) is a film about the 60s. Being the first animated feature to receive an X rating, Fritz the Cat attempts to unveil all the violence, sex, racism, and disillusionment of the 1960s through an unfiltered, and debatably unfocused, lens. Ralph Bakshi is the director behind this film, and he aimed to show that the 60s was not a very perfect era, but in fact quite hypocritical one. Fritz the Cat and the numerous people that surround him are, for the most part, confused souls with often

  • Raymond Carver Cathedral Summary

    528 Words  | 3 Pages

    In his contemporary short story, “Cathedral,” Raymond Carver tells the story of an unnamed narrator, his wife, and an old friend, a blind man named Robert. Robert has come to visit the narrator’s wife, who is quite excited to see this man whom she hasn’t seen in ten years, yet the same can’t be said of the narrator who is noticeably and vocally uncomfortable about his visit. The story is told through the narrator’s first person point of view, showcasing his thoughts and the events that take place

  • The Stranger Literary Analysis

    1100 Words  | 5 Pages

    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

  • Character Analysis: I Capture The Castle

    801 Words  | 4 Pages

    I Capture the Castle Picture yourself in an old medieval castle near the coast. This place you call your home, is keeping you from living to the fullest. Do you choose to make the best of your situation or do you run away from your problems? "I Capture the Castle" is the story of the Mortmain family living in a castle in 1930s England. The story is revealed through the journal entries of 17-year-old Cassandra Mortmain who writes every day to perfect her writing skills. Dodie Smith, the author,

  • Literary Elements In Raymond Carver's Everything Stuck To Him

    733 Words  | 3 Pages

    Certain literary elements, when used with style and strategy, can significantly enhance the quality of a story. In "Everything Stuck to Him," by Raymond Carver, literary elements such as his minimalist style, symbols, and indirect characterization enrich the story. Carver uses concise language in this short story. This has the effect of making this story feel very simple at first glance. This simplicity of the story takes out the author's feelings and opinions and allows the reader to insert their

  • Little Things Raymond Carver Analysis

    791 Words  | 4 Pages

    In his short story, “Little Things,” Raymond Carver uses a mixture of imagery and symbolism to argue that the main characters of his story do not have their child’s best interests at heart and, therefore, do notgh deserve the child. Its similarity to the well-known Bible story of Solomon’s choice also helps Carver make his point. In the story, King Solomon is presented with a child and two women whom both claim that they are this child’s real mother. Solomon asks for a sword and says he will cut