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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    The petty criminals Sam and Bill in O. Henry's humorous story "The Ransom of Red Chief" bit off more than they could chew when they kidnapped Ebenezer Dorset's son, a.k.a. Red Chief. The fact is,...

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    Bill and Sam were villains their entire plot to kidnap the Dorset boy was aimed at funding another fraudulent venture in Western Illinois. The two men had raised six hundred dollars in funding but...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    Ebenezer Dorset, the father of the kidnapped boy who calls himself Red Chief, takes a few actions in the story. Some of them we must assume because we see the result of the action but aren't...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    The reply from Red Chief's father to the ransom demand is doubly ironic. First, it is ironic because the two kidnappers were expecting to be paid to release Johnny to his father and instead his...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    "The Ransom of Red Chief," a short story by O. Henry, is a classic because of its brilliant irony. The focus of the story, an image or concept that the reader keeps in mind while reading and that...

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    Because of the detached first person narration of O. Henry's story "The Ransom of Red Chief," determining any opinions that characters have for each other is more a matter of assumption than...

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    My favorite use of irony in "The Ransom of Red Chief" is the verbal irony that happens at the end of Bill and Sam's letter to Ebenezer Dorset. These terms are final, and if you do not accede to...

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    After Bill has been injured several times by Red Chief and worn to a frazzle by the boy's inexhaustible energies and demands for attention, he has the following conversation with Sam. By and by,...

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    The kidnappers in "The Ransom of Red Chief" select a man whom they believe will be able to pay a high ransom. The man they select is Ebenezer Dorset. He is described as a "prominent citizen"...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    The kidnappers needed two thousand dollars to pull off a dishonest scheme they had planned in the Western Illinois. They figured an easy way to get the money was to kidnap the child of a prominent...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    Bill and Sam are a pair of bumbling criminals. Home Alone had a pair of criminals just like Bill and Sam. Thought they were smart, but lost badly to a little kid. The text tells the reader that...

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    The name Johnny Dorset does not occur in the story until the end. The kidnappers decide to kidnap a child of a prominent citizen for the purpose of getting money. They chose the only child of...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    It doesn't take Bill and Sam any time at all to decide to accept Ebenezer Dorset's counteroffer. The two would-be kidnappers have already had enough of Red Chief. Getting rid of him for only $250...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    The mood of "The Ransom of Red Chief" is light, fun, and comical. That is really odd considering that the story is about the kidnapping and ransoming of young Johnny Dorset. That should be a...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    The ending seems exaggerated, but the whole story is exaggerated. This is because it is American humor, and exaggeration is one of the principal characteristics of American humor, as Mark Twain and...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    Sam and Bill started off on their first kidnapping venture full of confidence. Sam tells the reader: It looked like a good thing: but wait till I tell you. We were down South, in Alabama--Bill...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    Sam and Bill are a pair of criminals. They are not the smartest or most ruthless pair either. They just like to think that they are. Sam also believes that he is the brains of the operation....

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    "The Ransom of Red Chief" is an early example of what in Hollywood is called a "Busted Caper" story. A criminal, or two partners, or a whole group of criminals plan to commit a crime and something...

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    One might compare the kidnapped boy in O. Henry's "The Ransom of Red Chief" with the boys in Lord of the Flies by William Golding. The English boys marooned on the island find themselves liberated...

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    A trickster tale would ordinarily end with the trickster succeeding in pulling off his trick. Examples would be "Dusk" by Saki and "The Umbrella Man" by Roald Dahl. "The Ransom of Red Chief" is not...

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    The two would-be kidnappers get Red Chief to go back to his home with him by telling him a direct lie which they know will be too tempting for him to resist. We took him home that night. We got...

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    O. Henry creates suspense in "The Ransom of Red Chief" through the narrator's words and the actions within the story. In the beginning, we find out that these two men are going to kidnap a boy to...

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    Sam mails Red Chief's father Ebenezer Dorset a letter explaining the ransom demands and the procedure for compliance, including the following: We demand fifteen hundred dollars in large bills for...

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    At the beginning of the story, Sam says that "It looked like a good thing, but wait till I tell you." So, initially, their plan seemed like a winner. Describing this initial state of confidence,...

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    O. Henry is not only a king of irony, but he also peppers his writing with exaggeration. "The Ransom of Red Chief" is no exception. Right at the beginning, when Sam and Bill first kidnap Johnny...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    Each of these questions point to a similar answer. Johnny, "Red Chief" is a hellion. He has boundless energy and wants to play constantly. He plays Red Chief and takes his games of make believe...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    Bill and Sam are con men. Sam, the narrator, says: Bill and me had a joint capital of about six hundred dollars, and we needed just two thousand dollars more to pull off a fraudulent town-lot...

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    There are a number of themes that can be identified in “The Ransom of Red Chief.” For me, the two main themes can be summed up in proverbs: “don’t bite off more than you can chew,” and...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    In the short story, "The Ransom of Red Chief," author O. Henry creates a humorous mood. From the very beginning, O.Henry uses irony to create humor such as in the name of the town, Summit, which...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    The Red Chief’s father, Ebenezer Dorset, received the ransom letter from the kidnappers and in their letter they asked for 1,500 dollars in exchange for Dorset’s son. Ironically, Ebenezer...

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    When Ebenezer Dorset receives the ransom note demanding $1500 for the return of his son, Mr. Dorset writes back. In his note, he tells the kidnappers, Bill and Sam, that he will agree to take his...

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    Sam observes two things the boy does before he and Bill grab him and pull him into their buggy. One evening after sundown, we drove in a buggy past old Dorset's house. The kid was in the street,...

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    The larger theme in "The Ransom of Red Chief" is one that O. Henry used in some of his other stories. It is best expressed in the adage "Crime does not pay." The narrator opens the story this way:...

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    In "The Ransom of Red Chief" by O. Henry, two men, Bill and Sam, decide to kidnap a little boy in the town of Summit. They choose Summit for several reasons. First of all, it is a small town...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    By definition, the protagonist is the main character. They are the one attempting to affect a change in themselves or the present situation. Then the deuteragonist comes into play. This is the...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    In O. Henry's short story, "The Ransom of Red Chief," two men named Bill and Sam kidnap a little boy from his father, Ebenezer Dorset. Bill and Sam, together, had about six hundred dollars, but...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    Johnny is an unruly kid with too much energy and a wild imagination. He becomes Red Chief because it is all a game to him. When Bill and Sam kidnap him, he puts up a fight. But when they get him...

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    Sam hides himself by climbing up the tree he has designated as the place to leave the reply to his ransom note. In this way, he is under cover while he can see all around him because there are...

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    One allusion in "The Ransom of Red Chief" is contained in the following dialogue between Bill and Sam: 'Sam, do you know who my favourite Biblical character is?' 'Take it easy,' says I. 'You'll...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    The boy in this story was kidnapped. In a standard kidnapping, the family of the victim must pay to get their beloved returned to them. That's certainly what the kidnappers thought was going to...

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    In this story of ironic reversals, even the protagonists and antagonists are transposed. The boy whom Bill and Sam kidnap becomes their foe and they, who have done the kidnapping and should be the...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    Little Johnny Dorset is a wonderful character. The kid cracks me up every time that I read the story. One word that I would use to describe the boy is "gregarious." It means sociable and fond...

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    Mostly, these games are based on pretending to be Indians, trappers, cowboys, and so on. Johnny inevitably plays the main role and Bill usually plays the role that takes the most abuse. Johnny...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    Bill's first idea to change the plan is simply to send the boy home. After being physically and mentally tortured for days, Bill tries to force the boy to go home when Sam leaves to drop off the...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    Red Chief is annoying Bill to no end and he is physically injuring him again and again. Red Chief gives them a fight when they initiate the kidnapping. This leaves Bill with wounds already. Sam...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    In "The Ransom of Red Chief" (1907), O. Henry uses irony, which is a contradiction of what would commonly happen. Instead of the townspeople and Red Chief’s father, Ebenezer Dorset, being worried...

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    Bill cannot stand the boy. Upon kidnapping him, Johnny puts up such a fight that Bill is left putting ointment on his wounds. Johnny, "Red Chief," is having so much fun terrorizing Bill and...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    Sam recalls Bill saying this because of how badly the kidnapping turned out. They made a bunch of assumptions which led them to believe it would be an easy scheme of a kidnapping and collecting a...

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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    A title that hints at the twist in the story might be a good idea. For example, "The Wrath of Red Chief," "Red Chief's Revenge," or "The Reverse Ransom" could give this impression to the reader...

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    In "The Ransom of Red Chief" by O. Henry, Sam and Bill hold a little boy for a ransom of $1500.00, but in the end, they pay the boy's father $250.00 to take him back. Why would they go through all...

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