My author william sydney porter had a astonishing life changing experience while he was in prison. William Sydney Porter, later known as O. Henry wrote in a dry, but yet very humorous style as suggested in “The Gift of the Magi.” He generally used coincidences and many surprise endings. As a child he had a rough time working multiple jobs. He had a life changing experience that lead his work to be well known in american literature. His legacy all began from a crime he committed as a bank teller.
“The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry William Sydney Porter, also known by his pen name O. Henry, is an American short story author who is well known for his humorous stories that comes with an unexpected ending. He was born on September 11, 1862 in the state of North Carolina. Initially he was not an author. In his early years, he held many different job positions ranging from banker, journalist, to even a licensed pharmacist from the age of 19. While working as a pharmacist, this was the beginning
When people try to describe O. Henry’s writing style, they always use the term “smile with tears,” which implies his twisted way of thoughts and endings about every story. These stories usually end in a humorous but also cruel kind of way. It’s absolutely useful to elevate the artistic thought in writing a thoughtful story. To better understand the brilliant plots of his twisted endings let us begin with one of his most famous stories, The Cop and the Anthem1. In this story, the main character was
& the long unending winters. In the duel written by When O Henry (real name William Sydney Porter) which depicts the lives of two non-natives who emigrated to the big apple from a city located near the west coast. One studied business the other studied art their names were William & Jack respectfully these individuals came to New York expecting to eat their cake and have it too. Like many others, both of them thought that in their pursuit o...
they would not do normally. In “Gift of Magi” by O Henry and “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe, it shows that love can make one do crazy things. “Gift of the Magi” is a short story about a man and a woman who care deeply for each other. Around Christmas, each person wanted to get the other an extravagant present for their prized possession. The
Oh What an Ironic World William Sydney Porter, better known by his pen name O. Henry, was widely known for his short stories. He is often reffered to as the "Master of Short Stories." His stories were filled with twist and irony within the plot. "Some have called him the American Maupassant because of his so well made surprising endings" (Online). In 1908 critic Henry James Forman wrote that "No talent could be more original or more delightful. The combination of technical excellence with whimsical
Hands by O. Henry, this is an important process. By using the author’s biography, having a literary analysis, and responding personally the reader can truly connect with and understand what an author is trying to express. Author Biography Imagine a world where you were a famous author in the early 1900’s. You probably were a little popular then, but today you would be famous. Many authors started out like this. William Sydney Porter, also known as O. Henry, was one of these authors. O. Henry has written
Abstract This paper begins with a brief introduction to O.Henry and his writing style. Then the author introduces the history background of O¡¤Henry and his life experience. After that the paper analyzes the impact of the above factors on his writing style. O¡¤Henry lived in a time of declination of romanticism and prosperity of realism, experiencing great changes though the whole life, watching the cruelty of capitalism and showing strong mercy to those ordinary people who struggled for living
read O. Henry’s short story “The Gift of the Magi.” By the way, O. Henry is a pseudonym; his real name was William Sydney Porter. “The Gift of the Magi” is a great little story about a husband and wife who have very little money and who sell their prized possessions for each other; she sells her long locks of hair to the hairdresser to buy a watch chain for her husband, and he sells his pocket watch to buy combs for his wife. While it is an excellent example of the surprise endings O. Henry is known
sacrifice go hand in hand. It can be a mother distorting her body to bring a new life into the world, or a dad giving his last five dollars to his child so she can eat lunch at school. Love does not exist without sacrifice. In “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry, the theme of love and sacrifice can be seen in both Della and Jim’s unselfish actions. With her it is the ambition to purchase the perfect gift by any means necessary; with him it is giving away a family heirloom. Their reaction to each other’s