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The theme of "The Furnished Room" is that New York is a cold, heartless city that devours people and destroys their dreams. Many people are drawn here because it is possible to achieve spectacular...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2016 6:34 pm UTC

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In O. Henry’s “The Furnished Room,” the reader is kept in suspense about the history of the room rented by the nameless protagonist. Initially, it is made known to the reader that the young man—the...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2018 11:55 am UTC

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Most of the characters in “The Furnished Room” by O. Henry are from “the red brick district of the lower West Side,” and most of them are either apartment lenders or people of the theatrical...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2019 6:48 pm UTC

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“The Furnished Room” by O. Henry tells the story of an unnamed man’s desperate search to find a lost love. Searching the city for five months has left him fatigued and haggard. All of his efforts...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2013 5:16 pm UTC

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There are three main types of irony in literature and drama: verbal, dramatic, and situational. Verbal irony refers to the manipulation of language, by which the actual meaning of a phrase or...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2020 4:25 am UTC

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The young man has been searching all over New York for the girl he loves, Eloise Vashner. It might be contended that she is the antagonist or that the great, indifferent city of New York is the...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2015 7:10 pm UTC

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The setting is a Dickensian one: a seedier side of life in New York City, a huge city that is impersonal, uncaring, and rife with misfortune. One furnished room is the specific area where the drama...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2015 5:02 am UTC

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The conflict of this story is that the landlady, Mrs. Purdy, does not want to tell the young man who comes to rent her room that a young girl committed suicide in the room shortly before he...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2018 3:42 pm UTC

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While the narrative indicates in its ironic twist that the only way the protagonist can be united to Eloise is through death, it is doubtful that O. Henry implied such a gothic theme in "The...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2013 6:32 pm UTC

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Usually in fictional narratives, there are internal and external conflicts, and O. Henry's stories are no exception as he constructs his tales on the basis of some contradiction or incongruity. In...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2013 5:59 pm UTC

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The mole on Miss Vashner's eyebrow is a key distinguishing feature of her physical description: the young man at the center of the story describes her as A fair girl, of medium height and slender,...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2019 8:22 pm UTC

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O. Henry creates sympathy for the young man, the story's protagonist, via description and selection of detail. We learn that "he had rung" the doorbell of eleven houses before he found one with a...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2021 4:28 pm UTC

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In the conclusion of this story, the reader learns that the young lady sought by the traveler who has taken Mrs. Purdy's third-floor room for rent actually took her life in that very room before he...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2019 10:23 pm UTC

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Henry’s short story, “The Furnished Room,” tells of an unnamed man’s search for a young girl, Eloise Vashner. As the story opens, we do not know exactly who or what he is looking for or what their...

Latest answer posted February 2, 2020 2:56 pm UTC

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The conclusion of "The Furnished Room" by O. Henry seals both the theme of obsession and the theme of how hard show business can be. It contributes to the theme of obsession by invoking the well...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2019 6:45 pm UTC

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One example of irony in this story is the revelation at the end of the story that Mrs. Purdy knew that the woman her lodger was looking for died in the same room that he had been occupying. This is...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2020 9:25 am UTC

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A young man has been seeking all over New York City for his lost sweetheart, Miss Eloise Vashner, moving from boardinghouse to boardinghouse in the theater district, looking for her. By...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2021 12:26 am UTC

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Stream-of-consciousness writing is when the author takes us into the character's head, and relays all of the thoughts just as they occur. As a result, we hear each and every thought-no matter how...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2009 1:11 pm UTC

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Hence the houses of this district, having had a thousand dwellers, should have a thousand tales to tell, mostly dull ones, no doubt; but it would be strange if there could not be found a ghost or...

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

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The young man who has been searching for five months for a girl named Eloise Vashner asks the housekeeper: “Do you have many theatrical people rooming here?” She tells him: “They comes and...

Latest answer posted September 1, 2016 6:01 am UTC

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