The Last Leaf

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O. Henry is one of the most famous, professional short-story writers in American literature. His stories known for wit and warm characterization and twisted endings. In fact, twist ending is a typical feature of his style. It is expressed the most clearly in The Last Leaf. In the story The Last Leaf, O. Henry writes about a unique situation. The surprise ending starts from the climax of the story. The unexpected times and the first reverse situation are shown through the main character's pneumonia. Johnsy, the main character who is dealing with illness, is counting sheds of leaves and waiting for death as. But the next day, Johnsy has the shades pulled up to reveal the last leaf gone, but “the ivy leaf was still there”. The protagonist understands suddenly, “Something has made that last leaf stay there to show me how wicked I was. It is a sin to want to die”. And later, she also hopes “to paint the Bay of Naples”. The desire had returned to her and she had out of danger and found the belief in life. What happened? What made Johnsy well again? Either good nursing or Sue’s look after brings faith to her. The fact that is the last ivy leaf in the wall – “it never fluttered or moved when the wind blew” – it is Behrman’s artistic masterpiece, he painted it there the night that the last leaf fell. And Johnsy recovers. The leaf is painted to save her. The creation of the leaf is a masterpiece for the lives of people who created it. The death of the protagonist is replaced by Behrman’s death. O. Henry does not tell the old man what to do after his shabby old apartment. The author very skillfully disseminates character to the end of the story. Trim create a private space in which no one can predict the man will have specific action. It is the denouement and a surprise ending. In the end of the story, the action of drawing the leaf and Behrman’s death happens, And the narrative of Sue makes Johnsy and the reader surprise and particular sympathy for the fate of...
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