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The Ransom of Red Chief
Transcript of The Ransom of Red Chief
Thanks For Watching Sam Dricoll, Bill Driscoll, Johnny Dorset,
and Ebenezer Dorset.
Proatgonist: Sam Driscoll
Antogonist: Johnny Dorset Setting: Summit, Alabama Background Information: Sam, and Bill are two young boys trying
to make easy money so they kidnap Johnny. The inciting incident occurs when Bill and Sam kidnap Johnny.
Relation to Major Conflict:
- Without this incident, the major conflict (Red Chief's rambunctious insanity driving the kidnappers to madness) would not be possible, and the plot would be left unable to properly unfold. the havoc Johnny causes while with
them- the scalping of Bill, hitting him with a rock, etc.
Bill attempts to get rid of Johnny.
Sam delivers the ransom note The climax of this story is when Ebenezer returns the ransom note back asking for his kid and 250 dollars on top of that. The falling action in this story is when Sam nad Bill decide to accept the offer, and then return Johnny along with the money. The resolution is that Bill and Sam runaway to prevent
Johnny from ever catching them. The denouement is that Sam and Bill's plan backfired and they were unsuccessful. Trying to make easy money Sam and Bill Driscoll kidnap
the son of Ebenezer Dorset, Johnny. After spending quite a while with Johnny AKA " The Red Chief" they find him to be obnoxious and irritating. Bill who can no longer tolerate this behavior tries to get rid of him. Unsuccesful with that plan they move onto giving the ransom note. This backfires when the counteroffer is for Sam to pay Ebenezer instead. Sam and Bill who have had it with the "Red Chief" graciously accept the offer, and return the boy. They then flee the city out of fear of the boy returning Courier. "O. Henry - Biography & Works."Literature Collection. Art Branch Inc., n.d. Web. 12 Oct. 2012.
Henry, O.. The ransom of Red Chief and other stories. New York: Gramercy Books, 1996. Print.
"O Henry - Biography and Works. Search Texts, Read Online. Discuss.
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http://onlyhdwallpapers.com/flower/red-plants-desktop-hd-wallpaper-625830/ Johnny is the child abducted by Bill and Sam. They completely misconceive the child based on his innocent looks. He was a child that would look to be a large sum for the kidnappers, due to his father being Ebenezer Dorset, one of the wealthiest men in the town. However, Johnny, also known as the Red Chief, uses a variety of resources to keep the kidnappers off balance. Johnny has excellent street smarts because of the orphan-like raising he had to endure with a wealthy yet detached father. He is also quite clever which is something foreign to the kidnappers in their profession. In times of desperation, is it justified to commit acts, such as violence, that oppose the norms which dictate modern society? - Man vs. Man: A major conflict present throughout the story occurs between the kidnappers and the Red Chief, in which Red Chief harasses them to the point where they are driven to a new stage of desperation. They are ultimately left with no other option but to pay Ebenezer to have the boy taken off their hands. "We'll take him home, pay the ransom and make our get-away" (page 3).
However, this conflict is made present by the original inciting conflict in which Red Chief is primarily kidnapped for a 2,000 dollar ransom. - Man vs. Man: Another conflict occurs between Ebenezer and the two desperate men. This is evident as they demand to be paid for the boy, but are outsmarted by the boy's cunning father."I hereby make you a counter-proposition, which I am inclined to believe you will accept. You bring Johnny home and pay me two hundred and fifty dollars in cash"- Ebenzer Dorset (page 2). During a difficult or desperate situation, one often ignores his moral virtues and chooses the "logical" or "easy" option, even if it may bring harm to someone else, physically or mentally. Through the story, however, one can conclude that even in these desperate times, one should not resort to violence or harm, for they may end up facing a predicament worse than the original. Your job tonight is to create a 6 word short story with the theme of desperation.
Good Luck!! 1862-1910
mother died at age 3 and father was heavy drinker
first studied writing with aunt
started humorous weekly The Rolling Stone, but was discontinued year later
was convicted of embezzlement, wrote first short stories in prison to raise money to support daughter
was known for surprise twist endings Buzzard feathers- the buzzard feathers signify the manifestation of death in a tangible form. “ … the boywas watching a pot of boiling coffee, with two buzzard tailfeathers stuck in his red hair” (1).This leads into the emphasis of the boy representing death or more specifically the Grim Reaper because he wears the these feathers upon his head.
Cave- the cave represents hell and therefore reinforces the idea that the Red Chief whoresides there for most of the story is somehow related to the idea of death. “There was afire burning behind the big rock at the entrance of the cave” (1). The fire burning at thentrance of the cave alludes directly to the description of hell that is provided in the bible.
Red Chief- He represents the Grim Reaper. The buzzard feathers in his hair representdeath and the cave that he resides in is described as a sort of hell. These combine with thepersona of the red chief himself to symbolize the harbinger of death, the Grim Reaper. Symbols of