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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    Sam and Bill are like a typical comical couple who play off of each other because they are opposites in intellect, yet similar in stupidity. Some of the first adjectives that would describe these...

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    In this short story by O. Henry, two petty criminals, Sam and Bill, have come up with a surefire way to acquire the two thousand dollars they need to pull off "a fraudulent town-lot scheme in...

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    Sam and Bill select the son of Ebenezer Dorset as their victim. After storing their provisions in a cave on the mountain, they drive their rented buggy into town and spy the boy throwing rocks at a...

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    The setting is a rural area of northern Alabama, an area which would have been very rustic at the time of the story, the turn of the twentieth century. Summit, Alabama, is a town located in the...

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    The story takes place in Alabama, as Sam tells us in the second sentence of "The Ransom of Red Chief." We were down South, in Alabama--Bill Driscoll and myself--when this kidnapping idea struck...

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    The name of the town where Sam and Bill kidnap the boy who calls himself Red Chief is Summit. This name is ironic because, as Sam explains: There was a town down there, as flat as a flannel-cake,...

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    The entire story is told by Sam, so the account is in the first-person and from Sam's point of view. O. Henry needed to establish that such a character was capable of writing what is actually a...

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    They all go to bed about eleven o'clock on the first night they are supposedly holding the boy captive. Sam says that they spread some blankets and quilts on the ground and that he and Bill sleep...

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    In those horse-and-buggy days a very large percentage of Americans were subsistence farmers. There were many small towns dotting the Midwest because of the transportation factor. It would be an...

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    In "The Ransom of Red Chief," Sam and his partner, Bill Driscoll, have an idea for obtaining the money they need to pull off a "fraudulent town-lot scheme in Western Illinois" without having to do...

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    Sam is one of the two con-men who kidnap the wealthy Ebenezeer Dorset's boy; he is also the narrator of the story. Sam misjudges himself and others in this tale. First of all, he considers himself...

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    In addition to the obvious fact that the young kidnap victim turned out to be a hellcat, there were two main things the kidnappers Bill and Sam did not anticipate. Both of their mistakes might be...

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    The message of "The Ransom of Red Chief," although it is a funny story, is that "crime does not pay." Sam and Bill have been traveling all over the Midwest for years, trying one crooked scheme...

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    Actually it is Sam who asks Bill the question. Here is the pertinent dialogue from the story. “Bill,” says I, “there isn’t any heart disease in your family, is there?” “No,” says...

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    At the beginning of the story, Sam, who is the narrator, gives several reasons why he and Bill choose Summit for their kidnapping scheme. As Sam says in the text: There was a town down there, as...

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    Sam's plan to extort money from a wealthy parent doesn't go as planned primarily because the boy Sam and Bill choose to kidnap is a difficult child and the father is unwilling to accept their offer...

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    In O. Henry's story "The Ransom of Red Chief," the kidnapped boy is having the time of his life. He has never camped out before, so he enjoys the hideout that Sam and Bill have up on the mountain....

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    Sam and Bill thought that a kidnapping plan would go better in the country than in the city because people in the country are harmless, simple, and love their children very much.

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    Sam and Bill are con men who kidnap a boy named Johnny from a businessman named Ebenezer Dorset. They are hoping that this will be a get-rich-quick scheme so they can play a bigger con in Illinois...

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    In "The Ransom of Red Chief," Sam, the narrator, and his sidekick, Bill Driscoll, are petty criminals. They seem to make their living by moving from place to place, choosing areas where the law...

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    Sam and Bill are con artists. They are thieves and kidnappers as well, as this story will show. They have six hundred dollars with them at the beginning of the story. They figure that they need two...

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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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    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 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," 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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    Understanding characters' personalities can be achieved through direct or indirect characterization. Direct characterization is when the personality or traits of a character are explicitly...

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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 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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    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 ransom letter is signed "Two Desperate Men." The apparent intent is to suggest that these kidnappers are capable of doing anything if the boy's father does not meet their demands. The word...

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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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    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 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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    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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    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 Ransom of Red Chief
    One of the hardest parts of kidnapping for ransom is collecting the ransom money. The police can be laying a trap by hiding near the spot where the ransom is supposed to be dropped off. The ransom...

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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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  • The Ransom of Red Chief
    During his first night as the captive, Johnny Dorset behaves as anything but the victim. With an unleashed imagination, he transforms himself into the proverbial "wild Indian" who terrorizes his...

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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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