Mammon and the Archer
Most of O. Henry's( the real name is William Sydney Porter.) stories are set in his own time, the early 20th century. Many take place in New York City and deal for the most part with ordinary people: clerks, policemen, waitresses. O. Henry's work is wide-ranging, and his characters can be found roaming the cattle-lands of Texas, exploring the art of the con-man, or investigating the tensions of class and wealth in turn-of-the-century New York. O. Henry had an inimitable hand for isolating some element of society and describing it with an incredible economy and grace of language. This story retells about Richard a young man who comes home to his father –Mr.Rockwell after graduation from college .Richards fell in love but the girl that he loves doesn’t know ,she’s always busy .He insists that the money can’t change this situation.His aunt Ellen gave him an old gold ring .After that Richards met miss Lantry and went with her to the theater in a cab and they stuck in a traffic jam and then Richards and M.Lantry had the chance to know each other and she promised to marry Richards .At the end came to light that his father paid to different persons to organize the traffic jam deliberately to give to Richards the possibility to talk to miss Lantry. Mammon and the Archer is a problem story aiming at social generalization .The main idea of the story is that money can’t buy love but it could be a quite important catalyst.In this text we can find a social significance that money rule everything and you can easily find and keep love using your money,this is people’s thought,most of us admit that to be rich is the most important thing in life.My personal understanding of the text is that real love is a gift and you can love and be loved without being rich. The title “Mammon and the Archer” is appropriate to the text ,it reflects the story; Mammon is the symbol of richness or evil, this name appears in...
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