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  • O. Henry and His Writing Tendency

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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

  • Analysis Of O. Henrys "art And The Bronco

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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

  • True Meaning of Christmas in The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

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    The “Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry is a short story that has an interesting theme. The main themes in this short story are that people do not need money to express love, and the true meaning of Christmas. Things such as the characters, setting, and events contribute to the theme. The characters Della and Jim have very little money, and yet they express their love by each selling their greatest treasures. Della sells her hair and Jim sells his watch. If they were both wealthy people

  • The Social Triangle and A Retrieved Reformation

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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

  • Analysis of O'Henry's Short Story, The Gift of the Magi

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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

  • 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

  • Choices: Ben Price and Jimmy Wells

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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

  • Comparing O. Henry's A Municipal Report and Susan Glaspell's A Jury of Her Peers

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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

  • Concordancing O. Henry's The Cop and The Anthem

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    Concordancing O. Henry's The Cop and The Anthem A concordancer is one of the simplest but, at the same time, most powerful tools to elicit certain types of information-in a quick and effective way- from the diverse corpora available nowadays. Concordancers have been widely used in linguistics, above all in text-type studies which rely on quantitative analysis. There have been significant development in corpus linguistics during recent years. Yet linguistics is not the only field where concordancers

  • 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