Love and friendship:
Love and friendship happens to be one of the major themes of the short story ‘The Last Leaf’. Johnsy and Sue are friends in every sense of the word, and Sue dearly loves Johnsy. She tries to support Johnsy spiritually as well as morally when Johnsy was ill. Extracts from the story: “Why, the doctor told me this morning that your chances for getting well real soon were - let's see exactly what he said - he said the chances were ten to one! Why, that's almost as good a chance as we have in New York when we ride on the street cars or walk past a new building.” "Dear, dear!" said Sue, leaning her worn face down to the pillow, "think of me, if you won't think of yourself. What would I do?" (when Johnsy was talking about her death?) Hope:
Hope is yet another one of the major themes in this story. The entire story basically revolves around hope. After all it was hope that had augmented Johnsy’s disease (?) and in the end, hope was what kept her alive. Extracts from the story: "because I want to see the last one fall. I'm tired of waiting. I'm tired of thinking. I want to turn loose my hold on everything, and go sailing down, down, just like one of those poor, tired leaves." I've been a bad girl, Sudie," said Johnsy. "Something has made that last leaf stay there to show me how wicked I was. It is a sin to want to die.” Pessimism:
Johnsy was a big pessimist (she was a bitch c: I honestly wanted her to die) and she couldn’t think of anything but dying. Extracts from the story: When the last one falls I must go, too. I've known that for three days. Didn't the doctor tell you?" "It is the last one," said Johnsy. "I thought it would surely fall during the night. I heard the wind. It will fall to-day, and I shall die at the same time." Optimism:
Where Johnsy had become a hardcore pessimist, Sue hadn’t lost the last shred of hope and she had a rather optimistic approach. She was constantly trying to support Johnsy, who always talked about dying...
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