Judging from how Red Chief behaves in the story "The Ransom of Red Chief", what sort of person do you think he will grow up to be?

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mizzwillie eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In O'Henry's story, The Ransom of Red Chief, the main character behaves like a mischievious little boy, fooling the adults who look rather silly when trying to get him to do as they wish.  I predict  someone like this who doesn't follow rules, who does what he pleases, but doesn't really hurt someone in the process, will become a contributing adult to the society in which he lives.  To me, the main character is not malicious and doesn't try to destroy his captors, but plays games on them to get his way.  This reinforces my belief that he will become a responsible adult --just maybe one who likes to play jokes on people.