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Topics: Gustave Flaubert / Pages: 7 (1713 words) / Published: Jul 30th, 2013
LAST LEAF biography 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.
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.”
Main Characters:
Sudie “Sue” – Protagonist
Joanna “Johnsy” – Protagonist
Mr. Behrman – Protagonist
“Mr. Pneumonia” – Antagonist
Supporting Characters:
The Doctor

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. The last leaf remained strong, just like Johnsy, and it only fell when it knew it was Mr. Behrman’s time to go.

Language or Style:

Local Color:
“In a little district west of Washington Square the streets have run crazy and broken themselves into small strips called "places." These "places" make strange angles and curves. One Street crosses itself a time or two.”
Guy de Maupassant Birth:
Guy de Maupassant was probably born at the Château de Miromesniel, Dieppe on August 5, 1850. His paternal ancestors were noble, and his maternal grandfather, Paul Le Poittevin, was Gustave Flaubert's godfather. His parents separated when he was 11 years old. Maupassant stayed with his mother, who was a friend of Gustave Flaubert.
Guy de Maupassant Death:
After a suicide attempt in 1891 (he tried to cut his throat), Guy de Maupassant spent the last 18 months of his life in a Paris mental home (the celebrated private asylum of Dr. Espirit Blanche).

The Necklace Characters
Mathilde Loisel wants to be a glamour girl. She's obsessed with glamour – with fancy, beautiful, expensive things, and the life that accompanies them. Unfortunately for her, she wasn't born into a family with the money to make her dream possible.
Mme. Jeanne Forestier is wealthy. That's basically all you need to know. She's the rich friend: the person you turn to when you need something absolutely fabulous to wear to that ball next weekend but don't have the money to buy anything appropriate.
M. Georges Ramponneau is the guy who throws the fabulous ball that just might be the best few hours of Mathilde's life. He's the Minister of Education, which makes him M. Loisel's boss (which is probably why M. Loisel was able to get the invitation).
The first jeweler is the man whose name is on the box in which Mme. Forestier's necklace comes. Naturally, when Mathilde loses it, he's the one she and her husband go to, to see about replacing it. This jeweler apparently didn't sell the necklace to Mme. Forestier, though, just the box.
The Necklace's theme is to be happy of what you have now, and treasure it. Like Madame Loisel, she thinks that she didn't have enough after buying the beautiful dress using his husband's 400 francs, she borrowed her friend's daimond necklace. If she knew to treasure what she have, the daimond necklac ewon't be lost and she would not need to spend 10 years working for the money for the daimond necklace. Actually, in my opinion I think Madame Loisel did not only trouble herself but also her husband, her husband had to work with her for 10 years to earn back the money. What is The setting for the story The Necklace?
Short Stories Questions
Best Answer setting Paris, France, Mid to late nineteenth century. Phones were extant- and they could have prevented the needless loss of sixty grand in American Currency! If Mme Loisell called up Mme Forestier the moment she noticed - on return from the party- that the necklace was missing, this owuld have saved the day. Ideally, Mme Forestier should have informed her friend the item was a wearing copy- as existed for the German Blue Max- for press conferences, wesr on the battle field. ( the real medal was Gold- the wearing copes were merely plated)
Point of view
"The Necklace" is told by an omniscient third-person narrator, who refrains from judging the characters or their actions. The narrator does have access to the characters' thoughts, and mentions that Madame Loisel is unhappy because she feels that she married beneath her.
The Necklace
The necklace, beautiful but worthless, represents the power of perception and the split between appearances and reality. Mathilde borrows the necklace because she wants to give the appearance of being wealthy; Madame Forestier does not tell her up front that the necklace is fake, perhaps because she, too, wants to give the illusion of being wealthier than she actually is. Because Mathilde is so envious of Madame Forestier and believes her to be wealthy, she never doubts the necklace’s authenticity—she expects diamonds, so diamonds are what she perceives. She enters willingly and unknowingly into this deception, and her complete belief in her borrowed wealth allows her to convey an appearance of wealth to others.
The Deceptiveness of Appearances
The reality of Mathilde’s situation is that she is neither wealthy nor part of the social class of which she feels she is a deserving member, but Mathilde does everything in her power to make her life appear different from how it is. She lives in an illusory world where her actual life does not match the ideal life she has in her head—she believes that her beauty and charm make her worthy of greater things.
THE WORld is an Apple
>Mario- Gloria's Husband and the one who looses his job because of an apple
>Gloria- Mario's Wife who is worried about what Mario's job will be w/ Pablo and their children
>Pablo- Have an evil inside of him, put's Mario into the way of bad
Sub Characters
>Tita- Mario and Gloria's daughter
Alberto S. Florentino is the author and playwright of the famed " The World is an Apple". The themes that he usually tackles about deals with everyday scenarios of a commoner's life. He usually portrays the struggles of Filipinos. He was born on July 28, 1931. Florentino had his first taste probably during the time when his father, a teacher, was active on school activities such as directing plays, opted to get assistance from his son to do copies of the plays that he is directing. It is said that Florentino got his technique in playwrighting with the experiences he got due to the fact that while typing multiple copies of his father's plays, he needed to read the manuscript over and over again.


"the way to good life is not easy."

the apple is the flesh of temptation or lust that will make a ,mistakes in your life.... and apple simbolize a sperichal shape like a world
on our way home we passed a grocery store that sold "delicious" apples at seventy centavos each

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