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Graphing Plot Analysis

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Aarushi Ramesh

on 19 March 2014

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Transcript of Graphing Plot Analysis

SHORT STORY: The last leaf
Graphic Plot Analysis
Rising Action
Falling Action
Characters: Mr. Behrman, Sue and Johnsy

Setting: At Sue's and Johnsy's Art Studio and Bedroom.

Main Problem: Johnsy is ill with the disease called pneumonia and she determines that when the last leaf falls off a vine outside her window she will die. Her friend Sue thinks her underestimation is ridiculous and tries to comfort her. Sue and Johnsy have a neighbor who is Mr. Behrman. Mr. Behrman wants to paint a masterpiece someday, even though he is a very frustrated artist.

Every book, short story or movie has a beginning. This is called the exposition. This part is where the characters and setting are presented. The main problem is also introduced.
The rising action is the introduction of the main problem or conflict.
The main problem or conflict
is dealt by action. In this part of
the story, the main character is
in crisis.
In this part of the story, the main character prepares for the battle/problem and takes a step up, closer to the climax/the high point.
The climax point (or the high point) is the part where the character faces pain and disgrace. It is like a roller coaster. At this point you feel nervous to go down that steep hill. In this spot, it will seem as if the main character could die, get injured or will never win.
After the big downhill drop, you have to land and set off the roller coaster. This part is the resolution/ending. The confilcts/problems are resolved and there is either a happy or sad ending.
In this part, the story begins to slow down. This part shows the time where the main character (or any character) chooses the right decision.
This decision could mean that the main character is creating a plan to save himself, or teamwork.
Eventually, all this decision making process leads to the resolution.
Aarushi Ramesh
Sue tells Mr. Behrman about Johnsy and how when the last leaf falls she will die. Mr. Behrman thinks this is ridiculous too.
Everyday Johnsy keeps her eyes out to the window, watching as each leaf falls. "10, 8, 7 , 6......" she counts.
One day a huge strong storm came that night. Sue told Johnsy not to look out the window, whereas there was only one last leaf left.
At this point, the last leaf did fall after the huge and strong storm.
Luckily, Johnsy was
asleep when the leaf fell last night. When she woke up, she saw that a leaf was still there.
As days passed, the leaf that Johnsy saw was still there. Winds blew, more storms came in, but the leaf was quietly placed.
Johnsy is surprised, thinking on why the leaf did not fall off yet. The doctor came in and treated her. For the whole day she recovered over the sickness.
Before the doctor goes he talks to Sue for a while. Sue looked shocked. Johnsy asked what happened and Sue said "Mr. Behrman had a severe case of pneumonia. A janitor had found him with pain, and his clothes were icy cold. The janitor did not know where he was during that stormy night, but saw a ladder, some brushes and paint that was green and yellow. Look out the window, dear, at the last ivy leaf on the wall. Didn't you wonder why it never fluttered or moved when the wind blew? Ah, darling, it's Behrman's masterpiece - he painted it there the night that the last leaf fell.
I think faith is the theme of this shory story,
The Last Leaf.
When Johnsy thinks that she will die when the last leaf falls of the vine, she did not have any trust in herself. Johnsy didn't have faith in herself. Faith means you trust someone, something or have confidence within it. Sue and Mr. Behrman told Johnsy not to think like that and have confidence in yourself. They were comforting her by saying: "You have to live. You can't die. Have faith in yourself."
Definition of Faith:
complete trust or confidence on someone or something.
Johnsy did not have faith in herself. This story explains on how we must not underestimate ourselves. Also, it explains that if you lose confidence, it really gets connected to other physical abilities and into your life.
The Last Leaf
By O. Henry
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