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

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

Analytical Paper #3 (Two Years Before the Mast by Richard Henry Dana) - Bakersfield college - Analytical Paper

681 words - 3 pages 1 Chad Farris 2 Analytical Paper #2 In 1775, a thirty three year old man that goes by the name of Nathanael Greene became the youngest general officer and commander in the American army. The group of men he was in charge of faced the challenge of confining the soldiers that King George III sent to Boston. The Americans were to cut off all food and supply sources being supplied to the British soldiers all while keeping them from gaining any more

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

capstone task 1 yellow leaf fashion essay - wgu capstone - Yellow leaf fashion essay

1275 words - 6 pages year. The following ratio’s also can provide insight to Yellow Leaf Fashion, Inc.’s current and future status for ongoing profits. Liquidity Liquidity ratio’s provide a measure that shows the company’s ability to pay short term liabilities. One of the most common measures for liquidity is the quick ratio or acid-test ratio. The calculation for the quick or acid-test ratio is dividing current assets minus inventory by current liabilities

Trading in the U.S

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

Henry V WIllaim Shakespears. English 1500 - UCCS/ Engl - Essay

1169 words - 5 pages Leverette, Rakem Professor Posusta English 1500 19 March 2018 Investigating William Shakespeare’s Henry V Henry V is a play made by William Shakespeare. The play is in sequence to his preceding plays: Richard II and Henry IV, Parts I and II. In these previous plays, our protagonist appears as “one of the guys. Henry is depicted to be accompanied by the lower class telling jokes and drinking alcohol. Also, in the plays prior to Henry V, Henry was

Untitled

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

English 9 Literary Analysis Essay - Rustburg - Essay

413 words - 2 pages Jackson Perkins, 5-19-17, pd. 6th Characterization, Irony, Imagery/Visualize in O. Henry, “The Gift of the Magi” The story I am doing is “The Gift of the Magi”. The Gift of the Magi is written by O. Henry. This story is about a married couple who buys each other gifts. The literary Analysis are Characterization, Conflict, and Imagery/Visualize. I like this story because it reminds me of my grandparents. How they are always surprising each

Argumentative Essay: Fahrenheit 451 and The Crucible - bridgeport military academy english 11 - essay argumentative

573 words - 3 pages – briefly explain why the other does not have as much power (this will be your thesis). o You may then want to introduce Fahrenheit 451 and The Crucible by briefly summarizing each text and how they connect to your thesis. o Briefly introduce your three claims – don't introduce your counterclaim. → Body Paragraphs: In academic papers, you may develop each of your claims in as many paragraphs as it takes to fully explain and support your points. o

Henry VII was successful in dealing with - N/A - Essay

1742 words - 7 pages victory shaped the character of the early Tudor Dynasty and put Henry VII in a more secure position. Although on the surface, Henry VII was successful in dealing with the rebellion, this Lambert Simnel imposture was seen as a major threat. It involved foreign powers, such as German mercenaries which helped fight the battle and particularly Burgundy, which was headed by Margaret of Burgundy, who was intent on spoiling the party for Henry VII

How did Jim, Wilson, and the Tattered Soldier Change Henry? - English 1 - Essay

601 words - 3 pages JMJ Tyler Ayer Mrs. Jasinski English 1 27 February 2018 How did Jim, Wilson, and the Tattered Soldier Change Henry? The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane tells the story of Henry Fleming and how he evolves throughout the war. In the beginning of the novel, Henry was known as the "youth" of the group and was an ignorant, inexperienced boy, who had romanticized ideas of what war was like. During his progression throughout the war; Henry

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

The Last Circus Story Written By Number 10 In Mrs P's Class Luther College Assignment

789 words - 4 pages Number 10 Ms P English 9B The Last Circus “Excuse me, you handsome gentleman, would you like to watch a fantastic circus show tonight at eight for free? I promise it will be really impressive…” A clown shouted aloud and tried to hand the leaflets to the passersby on a road in the city center as usual, “And you beautiful madam as well…the boys over there…” He asked in high spirits with drops of sweat ran down along his strong nose that nearly