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"One Thousand Dollars" by O. Henry

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Julie York

on 11 November 2014

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Transcript of "One Thousand Dollars" by O. Henry

1. Omniscient- ALL KNOWING

2. Limited- RESTRICTED to the perceptions of a SINGLE CHARACTER
"One Thousand Dollars" by O. Henry
Whose thoughts are revealed in this short paragraph? Who reveals them?
The passage reflects Gillian's point of view. The narrator reveals them.
In third-person point of view, the narrator can reveal thoughts and emotions of all the characters, although he or she may choose not to do so.
"You?" said Bryson, with a gentle laugh. "Why, Bobby Gillian, there's only one logical thing you could do. You can go buy Miss Lotta Lauriere a diamond pendant with the money, and then take yourself off to Idaho and inflict your presence upon a ranch. I advise a sheep ranch, as I have a particular dislike for sheep."
Third-Person Point of View: The narrator does not
participate in the action. Characters are referred to by the third-person pronouns he, she, him, her they, and

"Old Bryson rubbed his glasses and smiled.
And when old Bryson smiled, Gillian knew that he intended to be more offensive than ever."

What does Bryson's
advice to Gillian
suggest about his
opinion of Gillian?
Third- Person Point of View
Author allows the reader to know things some characters do not know.
"Now, what is it, Bobby? I'm going on in two minutes.

What do you say to a little thing in the pendant line?

"Oh, just as you say," carolled Miss Lauriere. "Say, Bobby, did you see the necklace Della had on the other night? Twenty-two hundred dollars it cost at Tiffany's."
The author doesn't explain her thoughts.
Would she accept the pendant?
Would she value it?
What does the fact that he walked out and
didn't buy the pendant suggest?
How does the
the use of a
limited-third person
narrator help readers
see what Gillian is doing
in secret?
He writes a letter; only he
knows contents. The reader
knows what he has written, but
Miss Hayden and the lawyers do not.
Dramatic Irony- a contrast
between what the readers know and what the narrator or characters believes.
Ex. Romeo and Juliet
Explain why
the ending of "$1,000" is an example of dramatic irony.
What is the dramatic irony in "By the Waters of Babylon"?
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