Title analysis of THE LAST LEAF?


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I am not familiar with the term "title analysis" so I will just talk a bit about why I think the story has this title.

The title implies that the most important thing about the story is the leaf.  On the one hand, this makes sense because it is the leaves that make Johnsy think she is going to die and it is the last leaf (as painted by the old man) that makes her live.

On the other hand, it seems like the title downplays the role of the human beings in the story.  After all, it is really Johnsy's mind and Behrman's insight and kindness that make the story happen.  It seems like maybe the title should have reflected that.

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