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    O Henry Foreshadowing

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    O. Henry Trademarks: Foreshadowing in “A Retrieved Reformation” O. Henry was born in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1862. This short story author has a unique style and his writing is known throughout the world; known for their interesting plot, clever wordplay, and unexpected twist endings. O. Henry himself served time in jail for three years for embezzlement, similar to the crimes his character had committed before he changed and became Ralph D. Spencer. Also, O. Henry’s original name was William

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    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

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    Art and the Bronco summary O. Henry’s "Art and the Bronco" tells the story of Lonny Briscoe, a cowboy who is also an aspiring artist. It follows his quest to sell his first painting to the state legislature; to have it hung in the capital building. Lonny sees the sale of the painting as validation of his talent and worth as a painter. What he ends up learning is that the actual value of the painting turns out to be secondary to what other feel they can gain from it. The story takes place in San

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    In the short stories "The Social Triangle" and "A Retrieved Reformation", O. Henry uses the literary devices of symbolism, plot twists, and characterization. The time period in which O. Henry's finest works created, occurred in the late 1800's to the early 1900's where he dazzled readers with his unorthodox, romantic style. A short story titled "A Retrieved Reformation" written by O. Henry, who sold it to George Tyler who later turned the work into a Broadway show. "Alias Jimmy Valentine"as

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    life

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    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

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    the wrong doer the their rightful place. The short story, "After Twenty Years" by O. Henry, portrays Officer Jimmy Wells, a fine guardian of peace who takes his work very seriously, when he has to confront this closest friend, who is now a fugitive. Despite the fact that they are childhood friends, Jimmy gets a plainclothes man to arrest the outlaw. The other short story, "A Retrieved Reformation" also by O. Henry, depicts Detective Ben Price, a eminent officer who specializes in robbery cases, has

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    O’Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” O. Henry’s short story “The Gift of the Magi,” is about a couple who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. The story takes place on Christmas Eve in a furnished apartment at eight dollars a week. I feel that the narrator mocks Jim and Della for being poor. “It did not beggar description, but it certainly had that word on the lookout for the mendicancy squad.” (O. Henry 165). Della and Jim’s income shrunk from thirty dollars

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    Comparing O. Henry's A Municipal Report and Susan Glaspell's A Jury of Her Peers In ?A Municipal Report? by O. Henry and ?A Jury of Her Peers? by Susan Glaspell, the authors provide a disappearance of evidence about a retaliatory murder, but only one is true to human life and shows characteristics about human life while the other falsifies it. In this case ?A Municipal Report? is most definitely the one that fixes the story to merely entertain the reader, and ?A Jury of Her peers? lets go the

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    O. Henry's Writing Style

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    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

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    Short Story Writers

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    American heir apparent, O. Henry (William S. Porter).In this well researched and at moments insightful book, Richard Fusco argues that Maupassant's bad rap as first and foremost the inventor and disseminator of the "trick ending" is undeserved.What Fusco feels Maupassant does deserve is recognition as perhaps the single most important influence on American short story writers of the late 19th and early 20th century, particularly Ambrose Bierce, Kate Chopin, Henry James, and of course O. Henry.However, even

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