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The Cop and the Anthem

What five ways did Soapy try to get arrested and why did they fail?

Weren't there really six ways in which Soapy tried to get arrested? He stole a man's umbrella in a cigar store, but the man wouldn't call the cop who was standing right nearby because the supposed...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2014 2:49 pm UTC

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Explain the title of the story "The Cop and the Anthem". What does it mean?

O. Henry seems to have been a little careless about giving titles to his stories. Many of the titles could be improved on. No doubt he wrote the stories first and thought about titles later. He...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2014 2:35 pm UTC

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In "The Cop and the Anthem," why didn't the policeman arrest Soapy though he shouted like a drunkard?

Soapy tries many times to get arrested. Winter is coming on, and he knows he can get sentenced to three months in a warm jail on Blackwell's Island with three meals a day for committing a...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2013 10:44 pm UTC

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How can you describe Soapy in "The Cop and the Anthem"?

Soapy is an unusual type of bum. He might be called a "gentleman-bum." At one time he was a member of the middle class. He still retains the speech and manners of a gentleman, and he does his best...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2015 6:35 pm UTC

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What are Soapy's crimes?

He has a good dinner at a fancy restaurant and doesn't pay for it. We get the impression that Soapy's done this before as he seems to know exactly how the scam works. (Or should work, at any rate)....

Latest answer posted December 27, 2018 8:16 am UTC

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What would be a moral that one can learn from "The Cop and the Anthem" that is applicable to one's life?

O.Henry's stories always have a moral undercurrent that is often hidden beneath layers of irony. In this short story the central character, Soapy, is a homeless man with a need for winter shelter...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2009 9:05 am UTC

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In "The Cop and the Anthem" why does Soapy not want to take advantage of charity?  

As O. Henry details in "The Cop and the Anthem," Soapy has no desire to take advantage of charity, much preferring to spend the winter months in prison. As the story tells it: In Soapy's opinion...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2019 2:50 am UTC

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How was Soapy planning to cope with winter?  

Soapy has obviously had years of experience surviving as a homeless man in New York. He sleeps on a park bench which, because of his seniority and dignity, is considered reserved for him by the...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2016 6:22 pm UTC

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What is the theme of "The Cop and the Anthem," a short story by O. Henry?

O. Henry himself had served three years in a state penitentiary for embezzlement, and he had never gotten over the experience. He wrote under a pseudonym because he was trying to hide from his...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2014 11:03 pm UTC

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I am not quite clear about the end of "The Cop and the Anthem." Soapy goes to a church and hears an anthem and likes...

The music that Soapy hears at the church would not have had such a strong effect on him had it not been for the fact that he had been trying so hard to get himself arrested and sent to jail for the...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2013 2:47 pm UTC

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Who is Soapy in O'Henry's story "The Cop and the Anthem?" only homeless....

Soapy, the central character in O'Henry's story "The Cop and the Anthem," is a homeless man in New York City who reasons that if he could only get himself arrested, he would be imprisoned on...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2010 3:35 am UTC

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In "The Cop and the Anthem," is Soapy a gentleman?  

After Soapy enters a restaurant that caters to "large appetites and modest purses" where he is allowed to sit down despite having worn pants and shoes that denoted his poverty. Having eaten a full...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2012 5:09 am UTC

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In the cop and the anthem, what kind of character is Soapy? Is he a dynamic character, static character, the...

Soapy is definitely the main character and the protagonist in "The Cop and the Anthem." He is not the narrator. The narrator is the very familiar "third-person anonymous" voice who knows a lot...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2016 12:28 am UTC

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In "The Cop and the Anthem," why did Soapy move uneasily on his bench in Madison Square?

"The Cop and the Anthem" is one of O. Henry's best and most frequently anthologized short stories. Typically of his stories, it is set in New York City. Soapy is characterized as a thoroughly...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2013 6:46 pm UTC

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What was Soapy's first plan?

In the short story "The Cop and the Anthem" by O. Henry, the homeless man Soapy tries desperately to commit a crime that will land him a few months of prison time at Blackwell's Island (a former...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2018 2:36 am UTC

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Why did O'Henry chose the title "The Cop and the Anthem"?

The cop and the anthem represent, respectively, false and genuine salvation. Soapy the tramp wants to get sent to prison so that he'll have somewhere nice and warm to stay over the winter, thus...

Latest answer posted September 21, 2018 8:39 am UTC

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What is the main conflict in the story "The Cop and the Anthem"?

Another conflict dominates in the story, and it is the conflict of man versus self. Soapy's internal struggle centers on his warring selves: is he Soapy the criminal or Soapy the respectable...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2019 10:46 pm UTC

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Unlike a rich person, Soapy had only a few needs in "The Cop and the Anthem." What were they?

At the beginning of the story, a falling leaf and a chill in the air alert Soapy to the fact that winter is coming. Soapy has been sleeping in Madison Square, but it is now becoming too cold to...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2019 4:58 am UTC

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How is winter a symbol in "The Cop and the Anthem" by O Henry? How does this theme relate to the first paragraph: ...

In O Henry's short story, "The Cop and the Anthem," winter symbolizes change. Based upon Soapy's newly revived sense of self near the end of the story, we can see where he is ready for change to...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2011 1:00 am UTC

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What is the characterization in the story "The Cop and the Anthem"?    

There are two methods of creating and developing characters that are employed by authors: 1. direct characterization, a statement by the author of the character's traits2. indirect...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2013 8:22 am UTC

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What is meant by the line, "The hibernatorial ambitions of Soapy were not of the highest" in "The Cop and the Anthem?"

The quotation about Soapy's "hibernatorial ambitions" refers to his plans for the staying indoors during the winter. These plans are not grandiose; rather, they are quite simple. A homeless man who...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2015 7:32 am UTC

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Discuss O. Henry's short story, "The Cop and the Anthem".

It would be helpful if you asked a specific question about this story. Generally speaking, the story is a typical O. Henry one, full of irony. Soapy tries unsuccessfully to get arrested six...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2008 2:34 am UTC

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What are some themes of "The Cop and the Anthem" by O. Henry?

One of the themes in "The Cop and the Anthem" has to do with survival. Every living creature has to struggle to obtain a niche in which it can survive on this crowded, spinning planet. With humans...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2015 5:51 pm UTC

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What can be learned from the story?

What we learn from "The Cop and the Anthem" is very similar to what we learn from O. Henry's story "A Retrieved Reformation." Once a person has started down the wrong road in life, it is very...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2016 6:09 pm UTC

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Why does Soapy not want to take advantage of charity in "The Cop and the Anthem"?

Soapy's experience has taught him that there were always strings attached to the hospitality of charitable institutions. From what the narrator tells us, it appears that the charitable institutions...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2015 10:31 pm UTC

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What does Soapy refer to in "The Cop and the Anthem" when he says he's drifting in the Vesuvian Bay? Is the...

Early in the story, the author O. Henry notes, "The hibernatorial ambitions of Soapy were not of the highest. In them there were no considerations of Mediterranean cruises, of soporific...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2009 11:14 am UTC

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How can we explain the point of view in O.Henry's "The Cop and the Anthem"?  

The point of view in O. Henry's short story "The Cop and the Anthem" is third-person omniscient. The story is told in the third person (as Soapy, the main character, is referred to by his name...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2017 1:32 pm UTC

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What is the point of view in "The Cop and the Anthem"?

While the elevated style of O. Henry's narrator is imitative of the former gentleman, Soapy, and lends irony to the story of a homeless man who seeks shelter for the winter, the point of view is...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2013 7:03 am UTC

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Soapy addresses a woman "Ah there, Bedelia!...". What reference does the name Bedelia have in this context? "The Cop...

Soapy is a homeless man who realizes that winter is coming; therefore, he devises a plan to ensure that he will stay warm throughout the winter. He decides that he will get himself arrested so...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2011 2:03 pm UTC

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Who is referred to as "ex-umbrella man" and why? Describe Soapy's feelings at this juncture of the narrative.

As part of his hare-brained scheme to get arrested and sent to prison for the winter, Soapy attempts to steal a silk umbrella from a well-dressed man in a cigar store. As Soapy walks off with the...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2020 11:03 am UTC

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Like many other O. Henry's stories, "The Cop and the Anthem" illustrates the irony of life. Explain how?

The key irony is that Soapy, the main character, is trying to get thrown into jail so that he can have a warm place to stay but cannot seem to get arrested for a series of attempts at being a minor...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2009 11:15 pm UTC

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In Soapy's opinion, was the law more useful than philanthropy?

In this short story, Soapy clearly does think the law is more useful than philanthropy, at least for his purposes. Soapy is trying to get himself a good place to stay as winter approaches New York...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2010 11:17 am UTC

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Does the story say something about life in a big city?   "The Cop and the Anthem" by O. Henry

O. Henry's short story "The Cop and the Anthem" does, indeed, depict the callousness and detached attitudes of many urban people. When Soapy enters the restaurant the head waiter immediately...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2011 12:25 am UTC

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In "The Cop and the Anthem," what is a metaphor? What do these words stand for: "sailing away on a ship," "southern...

The words about "sailing away," and "southern skies" are contained in an early paragraph of the story. The hibernatorial ambitions of Soapy were not of the highest. In them there were no...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2016 11:01 pm UTC

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Retell an episode in the story which is a good example of irony in a situation?

After several failed attempts to get himself arrested, Soapy spots what looks like an ideal opportunity. In a cigar store he saw a well-dressed man lighting a cigar at a swinging light. His silk...

Latest answer posted May 14, 2016 1:14 pm UTC

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I want to ask a question concerning theme of "The Cop and the Anthem" and the stylistic means which help us to...

"The Cop and the Anthem" is one of O. Henry's best and most typical stories. Two devices he uses to make his story interesting and effective are irony and humor, both of which are characteristic of...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2013 5:40 pm UTC

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Why does O. Henry calls Blackwell Island a "hospitable place" in The Cop and the Anthem?

In implying that Blackwell’s Island is a hospitable place, the narrator is using irony, which is the primary device that the author employs throughout the story. Blackwell’s Island is the location...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2019 10:21 pm UTC

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How can we describe the structure of the short story "The Cop and the Anthem"?

Soapy has a particular goal in life, and he's absolutely determined to achieve it. With the winter coming on, this vagabond needs to find a warm place to stay during the cold weather. He figures...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2018 7:43 am UTC

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Could you please give me the summary of "The Cop and the Anthem" by O. Henry?

O.Henry's short stories are quick and easy to read, so to compose a summary is almost redundant. In a nutshell, Soapy is a homeless man in New York City at the beginning of the 20th century who...

Latest answer posted November 14, 2009 8:48 am UTC

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What are the two major strengths or weaknesses in the personality of Soapy from "The Cop and the Anthem" by...

One of Soapy's major weaknesses is his lack of ambition. He wants no more than just to sit and be cared for and otherwise left alone; his "hibernatorial ambitions...were not of the...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2008 1:26 am UTC

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What great irony occurs at the end of "The Cop and the Anthem"?

"The Cop and the Anthem" follows the misadventures of Soapy, a homeless man, while winter begins its approach. Due to the harshness of the winter conditions, Soapy determines to get himself...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2019 8:14 pm UTC

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What is Soapy's epiphany?

Soapy has been committing and attempting to commit petty crimes in the hope of being arrested and sentenced to three months in jail. He has been doing the same thing every year in the late fall and...

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

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Why doesn't the waiter at the second restaurant call the cops?

In the latest of his failed efforts to get sent to prison for the winter, Soapy tries to enter a restaurant, where he plans to eat lots of food then refuse to pay the bill. Yet as soon as the head...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2019 8:10 am UTC

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What type of irony does "The Cop and the Anthem" contain?

"The Cop and the Anthem" contains situational irony. This is the type of irony in which the opposite of what the reader thinks will happen actually does happen. For example, when Soapy is carrying...

Latest answer posted October 30, 2019 4:20 pm UTC

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Explain the quote "but the cop's mind would not consider Soapy" from "The Cop and the Anthem." What exactly did the...

O. Henry’s short story, “The Cop and the Anthem,” tells of Soapy, a homeless man living on the streets of New York. He notices the signs of the upcoming winter: Birds begin to fly south. Women who...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2019 2:27 pm UTC

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How does one know that winter is approaching in "The Cop and the Anthem"?  

In the first paragraph of "The Cop and the Anthem," we're given a number of clues that winter is approaching and that Soapy will soon need to find a warm place to rest his weary bones. Birds are...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2019 8:42 am UTC

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What does Soapy fear?

The quick answer is that Soapy fears the onset of winter, considering that he is homeless and lives on the street. On the previous night three Sabbath newspapers, distributed beneath his coat,...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2009 7:42 am UTC

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Re: The grammatical usage of come in "And now the time was come." I have seen such use of come many times, but cannot...

"Come" is actually part of a verb phrase in the example from O. Henry's story. The combination of a "be" verb and "come" is called an unaccusative intransitive verb. Even though that term is a...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2010 2:23 am UTC

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Does this characterisation of a homeless man in "The Cop and the Anthem" seem appropriate? Would most Americans agree...

"The Cop and the Anthem" was first published in 1905. That was well over a century ago, and America was much different. There was no electric lighting, no automobiles, no indoor plumbing. O. Henry...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2013 12:39 am UTC

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How would you characterize the cops in "The Cop and the Anthem"?

Several police officers in O’Henry’s story can be characterized as incredulous, careful, and efficient. When Soapy throws a rock through a shop window, a nearby officer does not arrest him. The...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2019 11:44 pm UTC

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