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"After 20 years" what is the plot diagram for this short story? ~PLEASE HELP ME NOW PLEASE~

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

I believe it would be safe to say that the theme of O. Henry's story "After Twenty Years" is an old one: Crime Does Not Pay. O. Henry contrasts two different characters who have two different...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2014 1:11 pm UTC

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What is the moral lesson of the story, "After Twenty Years"? O. Henry's "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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In "A Retrieved Reformation," why does Ben Price decide to let Jimmy go?  

The reader feels gratified that Ben Price decides not to arrest Jimmy Valentine. This must be because the reader feels Jimmy should be rewarded for saving a little girl from certain death. Ben...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2015 12:13 am UTC

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How would describe Jimmy and Bob's personalities in "After Twenty Years?"

Jimmy Wells (Patrolman Wells) is a loyal and trustworthy friend. He was at "the appointed place," but couldn't bring himself to arrest his friend. "Silky" Bob, might be considered a loyal friend...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2010 6:16 am UTC

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Where is the irony in the short story "The Cop and the Anthem?"

The entire concept of "The Cop and the Anthem" is ironic. That is what makes it such an amusing and enjoyable story even after all these years. Here is a man who is actually trying to get arrested....

Latest answer posted February 27, 2015 2:41 pm UTC

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Jimmy Valentine

At the beginning of the story Jimmy Valentine is being released from jail. He was a burglar, and very good at it. He returns to his old apartment and picks up his tools for cracking safes....

Latest answer posted August 20, 2009 1:49 am UTC

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What is the setting at the beginning of "After Twenty Years?" Why didn't Officer Wells arrest Bob?

The setting of "After Twenty Years" is a relatively quiet street in New York at around 10 at night. There is a wind and the threat of rain, so most of the people have hurried indoors, and the...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2017 12:45 pm UTC

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What is a typical O. Henry ending?

O. Henry's stories that are often comic or sentimental tales are developed upon some contradiction or incongruity in the narrative. For instance, in "After Twenty Years" the contradiction is that...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2013 11:29 pm UTC

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What is the possible problem in the story "After Twenty Years"? O. Henry

Policeman Jimmy Wells has to make a decision in this 1906 story by O. Henry. The choice is between loyalty to an old friend he hasn't seen in twenty years or to the law, the profession to which he...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2018 5:03 pm UTC

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In O. Henry's story "After Twenty Years," why was Bob called 'Silky Bob'?

It should be noted that Jimmy Wells does not know that his old friend is nicknamed 'Silky' Bob. O. Henry does not want Jimmy to know the last name of the man wanted by the Chicago police. Bob's...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2015 11:06 pm UTC

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Character analysis of Jimmy Valentine in "A Retrieved Reformation" by O. Henry? within 1000 words  

Typical of his writing, the short story "A Retrieved Reformation" has its resolution in O. Henry's customary surprise ending. And, clearly,this story evidences the verity of the statement about...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2009 4:30 am UTC

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What is the climax of the story After Twenty Years by O. Henry? Could reading the letter be part of the climax?or the...

I think I would say that the climax of the story is when the police officer (not Jimmy Wells, but the second one who comes to arrest Bob) tells Bob that he is under arrest. I think I would say that...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2010 10:24 pm UTC

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What kinds of characters does the story "After Twenty Years" have?

First, there is a cop that remains unnamed until the end of the story. He is described as "a fine-looking cop, watchful, guarding the peace." Other than this, we do not learn too much information...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2018 6:03 pm UTC

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What are 6 examples of foreshadowing in the story "After Twenty Years"?

The story opens with a scene of a police officer patrolling the streets late at night (at a time when the streets are deserted). The police officer spots and walks up to a man who will later be...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2019 7:14 pm UTC

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What is the EXTERNAL CONFLICT in O. Henry's After Twenty Years?

The external conflict has to do with the twenty years that have passed since the two men have seen one another. People change a lot in twenty years, and both men have no idea what to look for in...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2011 11:23 am UTC

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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...

I think it could be argued that the theme of "After Twenty Years" is a simple and familiar one: "Crime does not pay." The character who is most affected by the events in the story is the man called...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2014 11:41 pm UTC

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Write a brief characterization of "Silky Bob" and Jimmy Wells. I'm not sure how to write a characterization. so,...

In writing your essay, start with an introduction to the story you are discussing and briefly explain the characters. You might want to explain their relationship to one another and why they are...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2011 12:08 am UTC

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What is the summary of "The Princess and the Puma?"

The tongue-in-cheek title foreshadows the irony and subtle comedy in the story. The “princess” refers to Josefa O’Donnell, who is represented as “the princess” because her father owns more cattle...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2020 1:01 pm UTC

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A Retrieved Reformation Summary

Jimmy Valentine is an inveterate gangster and his specialty is cracking safes (especially those in banks!). Once out of prison, it isn't long before he's "at it" again, and police officer...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2008 1:06 am UTC

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What is the theme of "The Princess and the Puma"?

In "The Princess and the Puma," the theme is based on a man who pretends to be a hero. Rip givens is smitten with the princess Josefa. He vows to marry her. One night, Givens was camping out at...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2012 10:31 pm UTC

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The ending of "After Twenty Years" fills the reader with a sense of poignancy, making the story effective. Discuss.

To be filled with a sense of poignancy means that you are filled with emotion, or touched by the events of the story. It is a tear-jerking or moving moment. In "After Twenty Years," we are drawn...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2009 2:29 am UTC

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In "A Retrieved Reformation," what successes does Jimmy achieve in Elmore?  

In "A Retrieved Reformation," Jimmy Valentine changes when he gets to Elmore. A former safecracker who served time in jail, Jimmy falls in love with a woman named Annabel Adams and decides to give...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2016 9:46 pm UTC

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In "After Twenty Years," what is the motivation of each of the characters in posing as a person from a different...

The story “After Twenty Years” by O. Henry involves two main characters Jimmy and Bob or “Silky Bob” as we come to know him. Silky Bob is dressed in fine clothes with diamond jewelry. The author...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2010 8:53 am UTC

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What is the exposition, conflict, inciting incident, climax, conclusion/resolution and denouement of the story "The...

The exposition (or background information) of the story is that there is a very wealthy cattle rancher who has a daughter, Josefa, who is very skilled at riding and shooting. Rising action occurs...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2009 9:32 am UTC

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What is the comparison of irony between "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Ransom of Red Chief" by O. Henry?

"The Gift of the Magi" and "The Ransom of Red Chief" both use situational irony to teach a moral lesson. In one story, the moral lesson shows the protagonists in a favorable light, and, in the...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2018 1:45 pm UTC

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Can somebody help me to understand the irony in "The Green Door" by O. Henry?

First, the title itself is ironic: "The Green Door" is about a young man's sense of adventure leading him to knock on a green door, but, the card that is handed to him by the ornate man...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2008 5:01 pm UTC

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In "A Retrieved Reformation" by O. Henry, why does Jimmy meet Mike Dolan after leaving jail?

If you read the text very closely, you can infer some details about Mike and his relationship with Jimmy. Jimmy was in jail because of a "Springfield job" that he got caught doing. He was robbing...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2009 12:46 pm UTC

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What changes have occurred  in the twenty years since the two friends had met in "After Twenty Years"?

In the twenty years since the two friends ate at "Big Joe" Brady's Restaurant, much has changed. For one thing, the restaurant is no longer in business as of five years ago. Instead, there is a...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2011 2:39 pm UTC

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In the story "A Retrieved Reformation" by O. Henry, what are the defining characteristics of Ben Price and Jimmy...

Ben Price is the law-man that persistently hunts down the infamous Jimmy Valentine. And, persistence is one of his defining characteristics. He knows Valentine's style and habits, so when he...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2009 11:49 am UTC

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How does O. Henry use dialect?

I appears that this question does not have a specific story in mind, so I'll use "The Ransom of Red Chief" for examples of how O. Henry uses dialect. Dialect is the language used by people...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2019 2:56 pm UTC

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In what ways are Jimmy Valentine and Ralph Spencer alike in "A Retrieved Reformation" by O. Henry?

Both Jimmy Valentine and Ben Price take a turn for the better. Jimmy decides to stop robbing banks and "go straight" after years of burglary and petty theft. Then he even puts his own future in...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2009 10:32 pm UTC

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What is the conflict between call for the duty and love in "After Twenty Years?"

One of the main areas of conflict in the story is between the friendship that Jimmy Wells feels for Bob and the duty that Wells feels as a police officer. He is forced to choose between his...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2010 5:38 am UTC

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In "After Twenty Years" by O. Henry, what is the character named Bob?

O. Henry's touching short story with the mildly surprising ending is about two old friends, twenty years, and life's vagaries and changes. Bob and Jimmy Wells at the ages of eighteen and twenty...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2011 12:59 am UTC

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How could the role of point of view reveal the theme of "After Twenty Years"?

First, I think that the theme of this short story is that different people are different, no matter how much they like one another. In the story, the two men were like brothers and grew up in the...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2010 10:14 pm UTC

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I always struggle with the climax, falling action, & denoument of After Twenty Years by O. Henry.  Can someone...

The climax of After Twenty Years occurs when the main character's friend is arrested by the plain clothes officer. The protagonist, conflicted between his loyalty to his friend and his obligation...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2009 6:11 am UTC

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Who is the real hero according to O. Henry -  Ben Price or Ralph Spencer? In "A Retrieved Reformantion."

In this short story, the bounty hunter Ben Price is hot on the heels of Jimmy Valentine(alias Ralph Spencer), a small-time bank robber and specialist in safe-cracking. Since his release from...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2009 5:12 pm UTC

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Why are O. Henry's endings so effective?

O. Henry's short story endings are so effective because they are surprising. Whether he is writing sentimentally or humorously, his stories usually end with a twist that defies conventional...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2020 11:08 am UTC

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What is the most significant items that I can analyze in After Twenty Years of O. Henry?

In "After Twenty Years" O Henry focuses on the honor of the policeman on the beat, on the significance and importance of honesty. Destiny is another topic that is illustrated in the story, one man...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2008 7:20 am UTC

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How does Jimmy mature?

“A Retrieved Reformation” opens appropriately in prison. This is mainly to show that Jimmy Valentine may be a top professional safecracker and a smooth operator, but he does get caught. He is...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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Discuss the plainclothes detective.

O. Henry emphasizes that the plainclothes policeman who comes to arrest Bob is quite tall. The author's purpose is to suggest that the man is bigger than Bob and could overcome him with force if...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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