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poojshankar | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 16, 2009 at 11:31 PM via web

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What is the theme of "After Twenty Years" written by O. Henry?

What are the emotions of the characters of the story"After Twenty Years" by O. Henry?

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 18, 2009 at 1:46 AM (Answer #1)

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The most important theme is honor represented in different ways:

A) Bob honored Jim's friendship by traveling "thousands of miles" to be there, and claims it to be worth it if his friend will be there.

B) Jim honored his duty as a policeman by declaring his intention of arresting Bob, since he was a most-wanted man.

C) Jim also honored their friendship by asking another policeman to do the deeds, after all, they did share a piece of their lifetimes, and he honored that.

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binteahsan | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted November 25, 2011 at 10:42 PM (Answer #2)

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BOTH FRIENDS WERE SINCERE AND BOTH HV A SOFT CORNER FOR EACH OTHER IN THIER HEARTS..THEY DIDN,T WANT TO HURT EACH OTHER..THIS SHOWS THAT INFACT , JIMMY AND BOB MET AFTER LONG TIME BUT THE LOVE BETWEEN THEM WAS NEVRE BECOME LESS FOR EACH OTHER..

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