This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Last Leaf By O. Henry

592 words - 3 pages

"The Last Leaf" by O. Henry is an interesting short story about a sick girl who is deeply affected by a bare ivy vine. Johnsy thinks that she will die as soon as the last leaf on that vine falls. She becomes close to death, but a neighbor called Mr. Behrman, an artist, saves her life and dies. This paper will focus on different causes and effects involved in, first, Johnsy's case and, second, the death of Mr. Behrman.First, many things lead Johnsy to be touched with the idea of death. When Johnsy becomes ill with pneumonia, she loses her strength and her body becomes weaker. That makes her think that it is the end of her life. She also believes that her doctor says she will not live very long. "I've known that for three days. ...view middle of the document...

Johnsy, by staring at it all the time, starts to feel that she will also die when the vine dies. In other words, when the last leaf falls. Psychologists might suggest that it is because of a negative feeling in her subconscious mind. However, when she wakes up after a rainy night and finds that the last leaf is still there, Johnsy begins to think wisely. She tells Sue how bad she is because of her silly ideas. Finding that the last leaf is still there is a turning point in Johnsy's case. She begins to recover and think optimistically. She says, " Sudie, some day I hope to paint the Bay of Naples."Instead, someone else dies and gives his life as a gift for Johnsy. Mr.Behrman, the artist who dreams of painting a masterpiece one day, is the neighbor of Sue and Johnsy. When he knows about Johnsy and the vine, he tries to do something in order to help her. In a rainy night, when the last leaf falls, he takes a ladder and there he paints a leaf that will never falls. Because of the cold weather that night, Mr. Behrman becomes ill with pneumonia too. He cannot oppose the disease so he dies in the hospital.Another thing leads to Mr. Behrman's death is his dream. Some people will sacrifice their selves in order to achieve their dreams. Mr. Behrman has a great challenge with himself, so he does not care about the bad weather. All what he wants is to paint his masterpiece and its time arrives. He paints the last leaf, which gives a new life to Johnsy and gives him a feeling of triumph.Hope is the hero of that story. On one hand, when Johnsy is hopeless, she makes her steps closer to death. However she changes when she finds the leaf. On the other hand, Mr. Behrman dies after he becomes hopeful. However, he dies with success.

Other Essays On The Last Leaf By O. Henry

Daisy Miller, by Henry James: (I) To what extent is Daisy Miller's character a reflection of the American character? (II) Was Henry James' ending artistically necessary?

495 words - 2 pages symbolic necessity--- Daisy's death signifies the short-lived nature of gluttonous behavior. On a larger scale, Henry James'Daisy Miller may be interpreted as a portrait of the American character and American destiny: boldly adventurous and transient.Daisy Miller is a flawed character (thus, doomed to death) in that her nature is ambiguous; one can endlessly dispute whether she is a tart or an innocent flirt. We are introduced to Daisy when she

Trading in the U.S Essay

276 words - 2 pages 1999, the United States exported about 37 percent of its total leaf production. U.S. cigarette exports peaked in 1996 at about 250 billion cigarettes. Since then, exports have fallen by 100 billion cigarettes due to lower demand and offshore production by domestic manufacturers. Cigarette imports are a minor part of U.S. consumption, reaching about 8 billion cigarettes in 1999.Farming Industry:Our farmers want to make a profit as well, we have


6660 words - 27 pages into the current DFAS environment.The other two RDBMSs that were evaluated are IBM's DB2 and SYBASE's System 10. Though these RDBMS provided several capabilities that can meet the Government's needs, Oracle provided a far more comprehensive and superior solution.Below is an brief overview of the three RDBMSs reviewed, followed by a comparative analysis.RDBMS OVERVIEWS ORACLE7 RDBMS The Oracle7 Server is a relational database management system that


271 words - 2 pages If you love someone and there's a need for you to let go cause that person doesn't feel anything for you or doesn't deserve you. Then let go. It's better for you to let go and sacrifice for him to be happy. Because love is not all about owning him/her maybe sometimes it's about letting him/her go and search for his/her true love. And the only thing you could do by then is to forget like nothing happened and forgive like you were never hurt

Fibonacci Numbers in Flowers

583 words - 3 pages Fibonacci Series of numbers can be explained as rows of number with the numbers in the row equaling the last number in the row. "The Fibonacci sequence, can be generated by the rule f1 = f2 = 1, FN+1 = FN + fn-1." ( . This pattern is well known in the fields of math and science, but what is really amazing is its pattern within nature. The Fibonacci number sequence could be called one of the principal

Was The English Reformation The Kings Reformation?

1611 words - 7 pages The end of the middle ages was a turbulent time throughout Europe. New nation states were being created and old ones were falling. The Roman Catholic Churches’ control over vast areas of Europe was rapidly being eroded by reformist ideas from people like Martin Luthor (1483-1546) and John Calvin (1509-1564). In the midst of this upheaval was the King of England King Henry the VIII, whose queen, Katherine of Aragon, had failed to bear a son

The Struggle Of Women In The 20's Century Presents The Life Of Elizabeth Gregory Macgill

1334 words - 6 pages aeronautical engineer. She designed and tested the Maple Leaf Trainer, a two seats, fabric covered plane described by aviation experts as a beautiful aircraft. It was flown in Canada by a number of civilian pilots. Adding another " first " to her already growing list of accomplishments, she became the first woman aircraft designer in the world, but, it was known at this time that women have no opportunities or rights. Although she never achieved her

Henry Tam And MGI Team

1643 words - 7 pages the bigger picture.- Henry should have earlier discussed the kind of skills and the number of persons needed by the team accordingly. Gathering who so ever is available, whether or not the services that the person can provide are needed, was never the right approach.5. At the end of the case, what actions could Henry have taken to increase the team's effectiveness?At the end Henry could take the following steps o increase the teams effectiveness

Henry The Fifth

481 words - 2 pages position to look after and be a leader to all the populace OF England. And not only that it was now placed on him that he had to boost the moral of his soldiers whom many though were going to their death being outnumbered by almost 1/5.I found that the play Henry the Fifth did do Henry a lot of good on his part. It made him out to be rather a common place man, show in act 4 where he goes into the battlefield part to observe as well as trying to see

Henry Fleming: Brave Hero Or Mere Man?

909 words - 4 pages What is the definition of hero? Is it a person who performs a courageous act? Some may say that this is so, but what if the act was done out of fear? What if it was done because of an instinct? Would one still be considered a hero? These are a few of many questions that we can apply to the novel, Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. Henry Fleming, the main character in the novel, undergoes some drastic mental and emotional changes throughout

Shakespeare - Historical Plays

676 words - 3 pages showed Shakespeare's skill with crafting words and blending different themes seamlessly. Henry IV is not about Henry IV as much so as it is about his son Prince Hal. The play primarily follows the life of Prince Hal from when he was a child to when he opposes his father, Henry IV, and then later becomes Henry V. During Prince Hal's youth he is primarily influenced by Knight Flastaff which Shakespeare depicts as a fat, comical yet helpful knight

Similar Papers

The Writer O. Henry Essay

2651 words - 11 pages gifts proved useless, the couple find more precious and meaningful thing-the true love. Also, he moved the readers at the last of The Last Leaf, by presenting the old painter's sacrifice. It did touch thousands of readers' hearts. Clearly we can see that O. Henry presented human virtues like kindness and selfless in the last two stories.As for the end of The Cob and the Anthem, it ironically revealed the cold-blood emotion of human and the

The Last Leaf From Quach Bach Ho

538 words - 3 pages The most precious thing in one's life is their life. People have only one. For those who thoroughly devote their life to someone is worth-praising in society. The Last Leaf of O. Henry denotes nothing but that value.By some personification figurative meaning (e.g. run crazy, broken themselves, crosses itself"¦), Henry introduces the Washington Square in New York City where Sue and Johnsy had their studio. They are good friend. But

The Title Is "Isn't It Romantic?" This Essay Compares The Short Stories "A Haunted House" By O. Henry And "The Gift Of The Magi" By Virginia Woolf. This Covers Theme, Setting, And Mood

804 words - 4 pages necessarily always true, love does seem to play a big role in every day life. Many books, stories, poems, and articles have been written on the subject. Two such short stories are "A Haunted House" by Virginia Woolf and "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry. These two stories share commonalities and differences in their theme, setting, and mood.True love has long since been a common use in stories, and "A Haunted House" and "The Gift of the Magi" are no

Response To Literature "The Fall Of Freddy The Leaf" By Leo Buscaglia

466 words - 2 pages Do you know what the life cycle is? In The Fall of Freddy the Leaf, the author, Leo Buscaglia, addresses the life cycle in the terms of a little, but very special leaf. In reading the story, you begin to understand that allegories often times convey spiritual messages. The author of this intriguing book directs us to comprehend that allegories alienate the purpose of life, nature of change, and the life cycle."Almost at once, the whole tree, in