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After Twenty Years

Here is a plot outline that you can alter to the diagram that you need: 1. Exposition - The beat policeman moves impressively and has a "watchful eye" as he moves up and down his street. He slows...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2011, 4:05 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

It is clear that both Jimmy and Bob in “After Twenty Years” have long memories and a deep attachment to one another. They both recall and honor the pact they made twenty years earlier, and Bob, as...

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After Twenty Years

Another possible moral lesson intended by O. Henry in "After Twenty Years" is that once a man becomes an habitual criminal he can never trust anybody, not even his own best friend. This is the...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2014, 12:08 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The short story "After Twenty Years" by O. Henry does have a tragic ending as two close friends who have vowed to reunite after twenty years, find themselves too changed to remain friends. Both...

Latest answer posted March 5, 2018, 4:56 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The predominant conflict in "After Twenty Years" is an internal one that is not apparent to the reader until the surprise ending of the story. This internal conflict arises between friendship and...

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After Twenty Years

Bob and Jimmy both grew up in New York City, but when Bob was eighteen and Jimmy was twenty, Bob decided to leave the city and head out West to try to get rich. Jimmy was dedicated to New York and...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2019, 4:54 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

Jimmy has to have his old friend arrested because it is Jimmy's sworn duty to enforce the law. It should be noted, however, that O. Henry deliberately softens Jimmy's betrayal by making Bob's...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2013, 12:43 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The climax in a story is the peak of emotional intensity. In "After Twenty Years" this peak is reached when Bob and the arresting officver arrive at the corner drug store which is brilliantly...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2013, 10:26 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

Jimmy had to make a difficult choice between two painful alternatives. On the one hand, he could have gone on his way and let Silky Bob escape from the law. In that case, Jimmy would have felt...

Latest answer posted May 15, 2014, 11:21 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

O. Henry's description of Bob's face by the light of his match has a double purpose. First, it is necessary to enable Jimmy to recognize Bob as the man who is wanted by the Chicago police. Second,...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2014, 11:41 pm (UTC)

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At the end of the story, Jimmy sends Silky Bob a note that says, Somehow I couldn't do it myself, so I went around and got a plain clothes man to do the job. We can surmise, from everything that...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2020, 10:40 am (UTC)

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One symbol in the story is the restaurant, Big Joe Brady's Restaurant, where the old friends in the story are supposed to reunite after twenty years. Before Bob left for the west twenty years...

Latest answer posted September 14, 2018, 11:57 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

A serial criminal called "Silky Bob" has come to New York to meet up with his old friend Jimmy Wells. Twenty years earlier, the two men had agreed to meet outside a hardware store. Amazingly, Bob...

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After Twenty Years

The main situational irony in "After Twenty Years" involves the fact that Bob is waiting for Jimmy and doesn't realize he is actually talking to him. Then when Jimmy leaves, Bob thinks Jimmy didn't...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2015, 11:56 pm (UTC)

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The two men, Silky Bob and Jimmy Wells, grew up together and were very close. When they each decided to go different ways, Bob to find his fortune in the West and Jimmy to settle in New York, they...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2011, 7:25 am (UTC)

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It seems to me that by using the word "should" in your question you are asking, not what would you do, but what should you do if you were in Jimmy's position. It seems to me that, as much as I feel...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2013, 11:12 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

This is a good question, but a difficult one. Obviously the main conflict has to involve either one or both of the main characters, Jimmy and Bob. Bob does not seem to be experiencing any conflict....

Latest answer posted October 14, 2015, 11:39 pm (UTC)

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Jimmy Wells was once the best friend ("chum") of Bob, now a noted criminal. They grew up as if they were brothers, but went their separate ways twenty years before. Bob headed out west when he was...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2019, 8:19 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

In this story, the two men (Jimmy Wells and his friend Bob) are supposed to be meeting again after 20 years. I am not really sure that the ending is tragic, but it is a surprise. As Bob waits for...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2010, 4:49 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

Other examples of foreshadowing in "After Twenty Years" include one very significant one: When the man in the doorway lights a match and the policeman sees him, there is a scar on his face and...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2010, 12:27 am (UTC)

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Although Jimmy is a cop and Bob is a thief, when all is said and done they're still old friends. Jimmy has done his professional duty as a police officer, but he can't bring himself to confront his...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2018, 11:04 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

One valuable takeaway from O'Henry's "After Twenty Years" is that the past always catches up to you. Bob lives a life of crime, and he thinks all his "hustling around" will never catch up to him....

Latest answer posted June 6, 2019, 11:56 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

Bob realizes that the man with whom he talks is not Jimmy Wells after they walk under the brilliant electric lights of a drug store. He is startled that this man is a stranger, and he exclaims,...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2016, 10:49 am (UTC)

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The fact that "Silky" Bob traveled a thousand miles to meet his old friend Jimmy Wells suggests many things about him. For one thing, it suggests that he doesn't have many friends, if any. Bob has...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2014, 5:20 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The overall tone and feeling of O. Henry’s “After Twenty Years” is somewhat somber and reminiscent. It follows the two men, Jim and Bob, whose lives have vastly diverged over time, and it...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019, 1:02 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The fact that Jimmy and Bob were friends twenty years ago does not necessarily mean that they are still friends. The main theme of O. Henry's story is that people change. These two men have grown...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2015, 6:00 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

O. Henry's ironic story of the twenty year reunion of two old friends, one of whom went West to make his fortune, depicts Bob's having come a thousand miles to meet Jimmy Wells back in New York. As...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2013, 4:53 pm (UTC)

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The story is told by an anonymous narrator and features two points of view, those of Jimmy and Bob. Although Jimmy is not identified, the fact that it is this cop's point of view is shown from the...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2016, 12:04 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The significance of the title of O’Henry’s “After Twenty Years” is great. Taken literally, the title reflects that the action of the story takes place after twenty years of time have elapsed....

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After Twenty Years

In O. Henry's short story "After Twenty Years," the resolution of the problem or conflict is that Silky Bob is arrested and taken to jail, and Jimmy is disconsolate over losing his old friend to...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2016, 10:25 pm (UTC)

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There are a number of slight hints that Bob is a disreputable character. For instance, there is his appearance. The man in the doorway struck a match and lit his cigar. The light showed a pale,...

Latest answer posted November 6, 2015, 10:08 pm (UTC)

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Jimmy and Bob have known each other all their lives. They grew up in the same neighborhood in Manhattan. That means they probably played together in the streets like all the other kids. They went...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2016, 12:26 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

O. Henry's tale of the fated reunion of two old friends after twenty years involves some surprising contradictions. The most prevalent type of irony is that of situational irony, in which there is...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2012, 8:08 pm (UTC)

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Bob, of course, does not realize he is talking to Jimmy Wells. If he had not told him his friend was "the finest chap in the world" and "the truest, staunchest old chap in the world," Jimmy might...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2013, 12:44 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

There is a slight weakness in the ending of O. Henry's story. The reader is expected to admire Jimmy Wells for doing his duty in having "Silky" Bob arrested. This makes Jimmy seem like a "staunch"...

Latest answer posted December 30, 2013, 8:05 pm (UTC)

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As the student deliberates on how he or she would act in the dilemma in which Officer Wells finds himself, consideration should also be given to the personality traits of 'Silky Bob.' As Jimmy's...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2017, 4:46 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

In “After Twenty Years,” by O. Henry, Bob is waiting for Jimmy to arrive at the reunion spot they agreed upon twenty years prior. As he waits on a cold, deserted, New York City street outside where...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2018, 1:24 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

Bob can be described as determined. Twenty years ago, he left New York for the West determined to be successful. His friend, Jimmy, chose to stay in his familiar surroundings. When asked by the cop...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2018, 3:03 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

O. Henry's "After Twenty Years" may be interpreted as a tale of friendship since the two old friends both return to their favorite restaurant after twenty years as they have promised each other...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2016, 10:57 am (UTC)

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The two friends, Jimmy Wells and Bob, have disparate lifestyles, reflecting their contrasting values. These contrasting values are represented by their chosen locales. Jimmy chose to stay in New...

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I understood the term "guardian of the peace" to be synonymous with the term "police officer." "Guardian of the peace" or "guardians of the peace" may have been used frequently in newspapers and...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2016, 3:16 pm (UTC)

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The only obvious simile in the story occurs when Bob is telling the policeman, whom he doesn't recognize as his old friend Jimmy Wells, about the strong friendship that had existed between the two...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2016, 6:40 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

Set at the turn of the twentieth century in New York City, O. Henry's narrative begins with a policeman walking his regular beat. Twirling his police stick, he checks the locked doors and doorways....

Latest answer posted July 8, 2013, 10:51 pm (UTC)

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It is nearly ten o'clock at night. The weather is rainy and blustery. A uniformed policeman is walking along the sidewalk trying the doors of all the closed shops to make sure they are locked. The...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2016, 11:44 pm (UTC)

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Jimmy recognizes his old friend Bob while he talks to him in the doorway of what once was Brady's restaurant. As Bob lights his cigar, Jimmy recognizes the "pale, square-jawed face with keen eyes...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2016, 12:33 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The title of “After Twenty Years” is ironic because two old friends are reuniting after a long time, but they are now on opposite sides of the law. When Bob sees Jimmy, he does not recognize him....

Latest answer posted November 6, 2012, 7:14 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

Both verbal irony and situational irony are identifiable in O. Henry's short story "After Twenty Years." The situational irony is clear, as the twist at the end of the story reveals an unexpected...

Latest answer posted February 25, 2018, 11:14 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

There's not much foreshadowing in this story, but O'Henry drops a few hints that Bob might be a criminal, such as mentioning the scar on his face and the diamond studded watchcase he carries....

Latest answer posted October 22, 2019, 12:01 pm (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The policeman, whom we later learn is Jimmy Wells, asks Bob, the man in the doorway, a pointed question. “I'll be on my way. Hope your friend comes around all right. Going to call time on him...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2015, 7:47 am (UTC)

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After Twenty Years

The main problem in the story "After Twenty Years" is Jimmy's. He keeps his appointment to meet his old friend Bob but quickly realizes Bob is a criminal wanted by the Chicago police. Jimmy has to...

Latest answer posted July 5, 2016, 2:19 pm (UTC)

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