The Last Leaf Questions and Answers

The Last Leaf

I believe that the title most accurately reflects the main idea of the story, which is the fact that Johnsy, the main focus of the story, who was desperately ill and close to death was inspired to...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016 4:09 pm UTC

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Mr. Behrman was apparently intended to be the antithesis of "a knight on a white horse." In this story, "a knight on a white horse" would probably be a romantic young unknown artist who sacrifices...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016 10:37 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

Behrman's last painting becomes a true masterpiece because of its realism. It was so true to life that it fooled everyone, but especially Johnsy, for she was the one he had done the painting for....

Latest answer posted February 1, 2017 6:22 am UTC

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The Last Leaf

One could say that the main idea in “The Last Leaf” is that it's important to have something to live for. Struck down by a nasty bout of pneumonia, Johnsy has pretty much given up on life. She's...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2021 7:40 am UTC

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The Last Leaf

In “The Last Leaf,” the protagonist, Sue, is resilient, stern, and strategic. While caring for Johnsy, Sue exhibits these qualities that ultimately save her ill friend’s life. Despite the doctor’s...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2021 4:04 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

O. Henry's "The Last Leaf" is a story of hope, friendship, and sacrifice because Sue and Mr. Behrman do not give up on restoring Johnsy's will to live. Instead, they offer their loving efforts to...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2016 10:19 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

"The Last Leaf” tells the story of the friendship between Sue and Johnsy and their neighbor Behrman, who makes the ultimate sacrifice to help Johnsy get over pneumonia that will otherwise result in...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2020 11:06 am UTC

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The Last Leaf

In "The Last Leaf," pneumonia is personified in different ways. First, O'Henry refers to pneumonia as "a cold, unseen stranger." This stranger "stalked" about Greenwich Village and laid his "icy...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2017 12:01 am UTC

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The Last Leaf

The story is about two young women artists, Sue and Johnsy, who live together in Greenwich Village in NYC. Johnsy is sick with pneumonia. She believes that as soon as all the leaves die that she...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2010 6:30 am UTC

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The Last Leaf

In "The Last Leaf," O. Henry utilizes personification, presenting pneumonia as a malicious gentleman (and be aware, O. Henry utilizes the specific word "gentleman" in describing the illness). O....

Latest answer posted April 26, 2020 1:38 am UTC

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The Last Leaf

"Old Behrman" is a sixty-year-old curmudgeon who lives on the ground floor of the "squatty three-story brick apartment building" in which two young aspiring artists, Sue and Johnsy, also dwell. Mr....

Latest answer posted November 30, 2017 8:06 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

In "The Last Leaf," an artist named Johnsy lives with her friend Sue in an apartment in New York City's Greenwich Village. Johnsy contracts pneumonia. The doctor treating Johnsy says her chances of...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2020 10:41 am UTC

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The Last Leaf

In "the Last Leaf," the masterpiece is essentially Behrman's final, grand artistic endeavor. In the text, we learn the old painter, despite being a failed artist, has always envisioned creating a...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2016 4:39 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

O. Henry’s language in “The Last Leaf” (1907) is rich with figures of speech, as we can see in the following lines: In November a cold, unseen stranger, whom the doctors called Pneumonia, stalked...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019 3:48 am UTC

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The Last Leaf

In O. Henry's short story “The Last Leaf,” the three main characters—Sue, Johnsy, and Behrman—are similar in that each has goals; they are different, however, in how they pursue their goals. All...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2020 4:44 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

Sue and Johnsy are aspiring young artists who have come to the great city of New York in order to earn their livings at the kind of work they both love. Sue is from Maine. Johnsy came all the way...

Latest answer posted October 5, 2015 6:49 pm UTC

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O. Henry had to introduce Behrman to the reader and explain that he is a painter, but the author did not want to arouse any suspicion that Behrman might get the idea of painting an ivy leaf on the...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2016 5:27 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

Johnsy, one of two aspiring artists who live in Greenwich Village has contracted pneumonia because before coming to New York, she has lived in sunny California. Weakened and depressed, Johnsy has...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2016 4:15 am UTC

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The Last Leaf

The surprise at the end of O. Henry's "The Last Leaf" is very simply that the leaf was not real but had been painted on the wall. The reader is thoroughly fooled by being led to believe that the...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2014 7:13 am UTC

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The Last Leaf

Behrman's masterpiece is his painting of the last leaf of the story’s title on the wall opposite Johnsy’s window. If we consider a masterpiece a work of art that has a lasting impression on other...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2021 3:12 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

Exposition in a story refers to the provision of essential information which provides background to the events about to unfold. It informs the reader about the setting, conditions, circumstances...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2017 11:41 am UTC

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The Last Leaf

The narrator of "The Last Leaf" offers several reasons why artists chose to live in Greenwich Village. The story was written more than a hundred years ago, in 1907, and at that time rents were...

Latest answer posted June 10, 2018 10:10 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

Pneumonia, called Mr. Pneumonia, is sweeping through the Greenwich Village neighborhood where two women artists, Johnsy and Sue, live in a studio. A doctor comes and tells Sue that Johnsy will...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2017 4:46 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

There are both internal and external conflicts in O. Henry's story "The Last Leaf." External conflicts: These are conflicts between characters and external forces. Johnsy, who is from California,...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2017 5:40 am UTC

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The Last Leaf

Joanna, who preferred the nickname Johnsy, had grown up in the warmth of the California coast. Sue was a product of the harsh-weathered state of Maine. Both young ladies moved to New York City to...

Latest answer posted August 25, 2015 7:46 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

This story is told in the third person point of view. It is told by a person or entity not involved in the story itself. This is why the narrator uses pronouns such as he, she, and they instead of...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2015 7:51 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

Old Buhrman is a failed artist now fallen on hard times. He's a hopeless alcoholic, forced to eke out a living as a model for those struggling artists too poor to afford a professional. Sue is one...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2018 10:25 am UTC

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The Last Leaf

Old Behrman paints his masterpiece on the window outside Johnsy's bed. It is a single leaf on an ivy vine that Johnsy believes has apparently weathered the icy winds of New York, thus encouraging...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2016 10:09 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

Even in real life when we see a single leaf or a few green leaves clinging to a tree late in the year when all the other leaves have fallen, we cannot help admiring the survivor or survivors for...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2015 5:29 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

There are only three main characters in "The Last Leaf." Johnsy is either listless or asleep most of the time, so she cannot be considered the best character. Sue and Old Behrman are both good...

Latest answer posted December 27, 2015 6:40 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

In "The Last Leaf," Behrman is a sixty-year-old painter who lives in the same Greenwich Village apartment building as Sue and Johnsy. Behrman is a failed artist who models for young painters, as he...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2016 10:13 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

This story has a breezy, fast-paced feeling despite dense description and a plot about illness and death. The opening paragraph sets the tone, even ending with an exclamation point: In a little...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2018 5:37 am UTC

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The Last Leaf

Old Mr. Behrman has seen quite a lot of life, probably too much for his liking. An aging alcoholic living in a tiny, run-down apartment that doesn’t get much light, his better days, if indeed he...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2020 10:44 am UTC

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The Last Leaf

Behrman's painting of a leaf on a vine that was being destroyed by a heavy storm becomes a masterpiece, not only because of its accurate and realistic depiction of a leaf on a vine, but due to the...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2015 4:24 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

The twist, or surprise, in O. Henry's story "The Last Leaf" comes at the very end. Johnsy has been expecting to die when the last ivy leaf fall off the vine attached to the brick wall of a...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2016 3:33 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

Johnsy's main problem is not pneumonia but psychological depression. She was a struggling artist on the brink of failure, and now she can't even soldier on with her artistic career. It is too much....

Latest answer posted December 26, 2015 4:02 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

This of course is a matter of opinion. My opinion is that O. Henry's main theme woven throughout this touching story is the importance of art in human life. The last leaf that Old Behrman painted...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2015 6:42 am UTC

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The Last Leaf

Johnsy is one of the "art people" who has migrated to Greenwich Village, New York, and as an artist, she is a sensitive young girl, both physically and psychologically. Her illness and the doctor's...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2015 4:17 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

Friendship and sacrifice meet in O. Henry's story about two friends and a cranky old man who dwell in "quaint old Greenwich Village." Sue from Maine and Joanna from California move together into "a...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2017 1:37 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

We learn from the doctor that Johnsy, lying sick with pneumonia, has only a one in ten chance of surviving. This is because she has decided she is going to die. As the doctor says, Your little...

Latest answer posted August 2, 2019 11:58 am UTC

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The Last Leaf

O. Henry chose Greenwich Village in Manhattan because it was, as it still is, an art colony. He needed a setting where there would be a lot of painters. The plot is based on the idea of a man...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2015 12:08 am UTC

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The Last Leaf

O. Henry is being facetious. He could not possibly know about the first artist who discovered Greenwich Village and started a trend. The author is painting a fanciful word-picture based on his...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2016 5:45 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

You ask two questions about O. Henry’s “The Last Leaf” here. The first is easily answered, while the second depends more on your own opinion. The first question asks what the “twist” in this story...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2016 7:30 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

I'm afraid I don't completely understand your question -- why the things in parentheses? I'll try to answer, let me know if you want to clarify what you mean. The setting of the story in Greenwich...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2010 12:53 am UTC

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The Last Leaf

The protagonist and viewpoint character is Sue. She shares a small flat in Greenwich Village with another young woman called Johnsy. Both are aspiring artists and both are having a hard time...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2014 10:15 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

In the middle of a freezing cold New York winter, Johnsy, like so many others, has been brought low with a nasty case of pneumonia. As well as having a dramatic impact on her physical health, as...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2021 7:45 am UTC

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The Last Leaf

"The Last Leaf" is an ironic and sentimental short story. A short story is a genre of fiction that is technically fewer than 30,000 words and most often comes in under 10,000 words. It usually has...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2019 10:25 pm UTC

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In literature climax is the point in a plot that creates the greatest intensity, suspense, or interest. The climax is usually the point at which the conflict in the story is resolved. So, the...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2010 11:27 am UTC

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The Last Leaf

His personal experiences notwithstanding, O. Henry staunchly exhibits in his stories an affirmation of the conviction that people are essentially good and altruistic. Then, too, he concludes his...

Latest answer posted August 7, 2013 5:57 pm UTC

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The Last Leaf

O. Henry introduces the subject of pneumonia early in "The Last Leaf." That was in May. In November a cold, unseen stranger, whom the doctors called Pneumonia, stalked about the colony, touching...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2016 2:35 pm UTC

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