I am writing an essay on "Ransom of Red Chief," but I'm having trouble writing a thesis. Can someone help me?This is what I wrote:  "Although the criminals accomplish the kidnapping, holding red...

I am writing an essay on "Ransom of Red Chief," but I'm having trouble writing a thesis. Can someone help me?

This is what I wrote:  "Although the criminals accomplish the kidnapping, holding red chief for ransom was a difficult task."

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Since you are in college, you may wish to change your approach to this story and, instead analyze some element of style in O. Henry's "The Ransom of Red Chief" such as the ironic humor.  Afterall, irony is a literary device that O. Henry employs in many of his stories, and this is story is comically ironic throughout.  The very opening indicates this element:  "It looked like a good thing, but wait till I tell you." 

So, with this having been noted, you may use a thesis that points to how the comic irony drives the plot with a series of comic reversals.  And, these reversals drive not only the plot, but underpin the theme that is often one of comedy: Sometimes the underdog does win.

Included below are some links to this story that will provide you with some additional insights which may assist you in composing your thesis and direct your writing.

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