William Sidney Porter, best known by his pen name O. Henry, was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1862, the second son of Dr. Algernon Sidney Porter and Mary Jane Porter. When his mother died of pneumonia three years after his birth, he and his father and brother moved into the home of his grandmother and his aunt Lina, who took over his education and started him in his interest in literature. Lit. approach
In The Last Leaf, as lingering pneumonia takes her will to live, a young girl decides that she will die when the last leaf drops from a dying vine outside her window. Her neighbor, an elderly artist frustrated by his inability to paint what is in his heart, follows the example of the Savior and makes the ultimate sacrifice to save her life. In doing so, he creates the masterpiece he has been struggling to paint. Char.
1. "At the top of a squatty, three-story brick Sue and Johnsy had their studio. "Johnsy" was familiar for Joanna. One was from Maine; the other from California." The two most important characters of the short story. 2. Mr.Pneumonia. The killer disease which plays so important a role is personified by O.Henry in this short story. 3. "The busy doctor" who treats Joanna and "Old Behrman."
4. and lastly, "Old Behrman was a painter who lived on the ground floor beneath them Writing a Book [Short Story] Report about "The Last Leaf" by O. Henry and I need help? Here's what I've done so far:
The Last Leaf
Point of View:
Hope, Faith and Friendship
Lesson or Moral of the Story:
“Never give up nor lose hope. Always have faith in yourself, in your family, and in the almighty God above.” ______________________________________…
Sudie “Sue” – Protagonist
Joanna “Johnsy” – Protagonist
Mr. Behrman – Protagonist
“Mr. Pneumonia” – Antagonist
In a little district west of Washington Square
Sue’s roommate, Johnsy, was sick in the hospital. She was diagnosed with Pneumonia.
The doctor told Sue that Johnsy had a one out of ten chance for living, but Sue remained hopeful. Johnsy was determined that she would die when the last leaf of the ivy vine fell. Sue kept on encouraging her, telling her that all she spoke of was nonsense, and that she should just pray for her health to regain. The wind blew hard, and the rain poured, but the last leaf still remained, dangling bravely on the thin, wet branch. Meanwhile, Mr. Behrman, an old painter, poses for Sue’s new sketch. He always talked about his newest masterpiece, but he never manages to finish them all the way.
In the end, Johnsy realized that it was wrong for her to fantasize about her death, and that she should be more hopeful. In a few days, she got well. The doctor said she now only needed rest and nutrition, and she’ll be back to normal in no time. But, what took Johnsy’s place, was Mr. Behrman, who died because of Pneumonia. But a few nights before, he finished a painting of the last ivy leaf before it fell. Afterwards, he was diagnosed with Pneumonia, and two days later, he died.
It took Mr. Behrman’s death for Johnsy to remain alive. The last leaf fell when it knew Mr. Behrman has finally done what he has wanted to do all his life. ______________________________________…
There was only a bare, dreary yard to be seen, and the blank side of the brick house twenty feet away. An old, old ivy vine, gnarled and decayed at the roots, climbed half way up the brick wall. The cold breath of autumn had stricken its leaves from the vine until its skeleton branches clung, almost bare, to the crumbling bricks.
The last leaf symbolizes life and death. Before winter came, the tree was full of green, luscious leaves. And as time passes by, the leaves decayed and fell....
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