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The Last Leaf By: O Henry
Transcript of The Last Leaf By: O Henry
Johnsy is a young girl has been hit with Phenomena and has been told that once the last Ivy leaf has fallen, she will fall with it. In the text it states "Leaves. On the ivy vine. When the last one falls I must go, too" ( O Henry)
The authors purpose is to inform the readers about how much damage pneumonia has done to people all over the world. O. Henry entertains the readers about pneumonia by putting it into an interesting story that makes you want to keep reading
The theme of the short story "The Last Leaf" by O.Henry is things aren't always what they seem. In the story Johnsy is almost positive that she will die of Pneumonia but with a miracle she ends up living.
"In November a cold, unseen stranger, whom the doctors called Pneumonia stalked about the colony, touching one here and there with his icy fingers." (O.Henry) This is an example of personification because they are giving pneumonia a human trait.
Symbols and Mood
The major symbol in this story is the Ivy leaves. The Ivy leaves are a symbol of death and how long Johnsy will live. The mood in the story is very depressing and sad because death and sickness are the main topics
We would not recommend this short story to teenagers or a younger audience. We found this story depressing and sad and not appealing to younger reader. Some people could find this interesting if they enjoy medical disasters or saddening stories. We would rate this 2 out of 5 stars. This is because although it was sad it had an interesting plot that was easy to follow along with.
The author of this short story is O. Henry. There is an annual O. Henry award that is given to short stories that stand out. O. Henry was born in 1862 and died in 1910. He wrote hundreds of short stories throughout his life for people to enjoy. "The Last Leaf" was published in 1907 with his collection "The Trimmed Lamp and Other Stories"
The connection from the short story "The Last Leaf" to real life is that many people suffer if not die from pneumonia in the everyday world. There has been stories on the news of people dying from pneumonia. Johnsy's situation is just one example of someone with pneumonia.
The Last Leaf By: O Henry
By Chloe Laviolette
and Kelly Barr
Sue: A woman who cares about the well being of Johnsy. In the text it states"Johnsy, dear," said Sue, bending over her, "will you promise me to keep your eyes closed, and not look out the window until I am done working?" (Henry)
Behrman is a man who live in the same building as them, and when he finds out that Johnsy will die when the last leaf falls, he gives his life for her to live by painting a leaf on in the storm. In the story it tells, "Ah, darling, it's Behrman's masterpiece - he painted it there the night that the last leaf fell." (O Henry)
Exposition- Pneumonia has been going
through the town getting many
people ill and people are dying from
Conflict- Johnsy is really sick with pneumonia and has a chance of dying.
Rising Action- Jonhsy has been told that she does not have long to live and the doctors don't know yet how long so she just stays ill in her bed
Climax- Johnsy is staring the window at a ivy vine watching the leaves fall. She tells Sue that once the last leaf falls she will too. Meaning she will die when the last leaf falls.
Plot Diagram Continued
Resolution- At the end of the story Behrman paints the last Ivy leaf on the tree so she won't die but by doing this task he gets hit with Pneumonia and later dies.
The Falling Action- Sue went downstairs in the apartment building to talk to the painter Behrman. She tells him about Johnsy's condition.
"Mr. Pneumonia was not what you would call a chivalric old gentleman" (O.Henry) This is also example of personification because there are acting as if the illness Pneumonia was a not very kind human.
"The lonesomest thing in all the world is a soul when it is making ready to go on its mysterious, far journey." (O. Henry) This is an example of personification because they are giving a non human thing human abilities.