# The Ransom of Red Chief Questions and Answersby O. Henry

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The exposition is the background on Johnny Dorset and the kidnappers, the rising action includes, in my view, the kidnapping of the boy and the two men locating to the remote cave. The actual...

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When an author comes right out and describes the character's personality traits, this is called direct characterization. An example of this would be, "The girl is nice." Although easy to...

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There are several different types of comedic elements included within the story "The Ransom of Red Chief," with multiple examples of each type of humor. The speech pattern of Sam, the narrator of...

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The irony in "The Ransom of Red Chief" runs throughout the story. The most extreme example of it comes with the core incident: the reversal of the kidnapping. In a classic straightforward...

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The larger theme in "The Ransom of Red Chief" is one that O. Henry used in some of his other stories. It is best expressed in the adage "Crime does not pay." The narrator opens the story this way:...

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In O. Henry's story "The Ransom of Red Chief," the kidnapped boy is having the time of his life. He has never camped out before, so he enjoys the hideout that Sam and Bill have up on the mountain....

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The ransom letter is signed "Two Desperate Men." The apparent intent is to suggest that these kidnappers are capable of doing anything if the boy's father does not meet their demands. The word...

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Bill and Sam want to start a land fraud scam and to get it going they needed an additional $2,000 to add to the$600 they had. "Bill and me had a joint capital of about six hundred dollars, and we...

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O. Henry's "The Ransom of Red Chief" is the perfect short story to find examples of irony. Irony is when the opposite of what is expected to happen, happens. For example, when two grown men decide...

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Bill Driscoll endures a fair amount of torture at the hands of Johnny Dorset, also known as Red Chief. The abuse begins during the initial capture of Johnny when the boy throws a brick at Bill and...

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Mostly, these games are based on pretending to be Indians, trappers, cowboys, and so on. Johnny inevitably plays the main role and Bill usually plays the role that takes the most abuse. Johnny...

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In this humorous story, Sam and Bill are two inept criminals who kidnap ten-year-old Johnny, the son of a prominent citizen named Ebenezer Dorset. In a ransom letter to Johnny's father, Sam and...

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One allusion in "The Ransom of Red Chief" is contained in the following dialogue between Bill and Sam: 'Sam, do you know who my favourite Biblical character is?' 'Take it easy,' says I. 'You'll...

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Bill Driscoll of "The Ransom of Red Chief" is a con-man who, along with his partner Sam, decides to kidnap the son of a prominent citizen of the small town of Summit, Alabama. With Sam, Bill...

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"The Ransom of Red Chief" by O. Henry is an ironic story, which means that we should expect the unexpected. The story is set in the city of Summit, a quiet little town which is peace-loving and...

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The two con men of O. Henry's ironic story of comic reversals, Sam and his partner Bill Driscoll, at first assess Ebenezer Dorset as a wealthy financier who probably dotes on his progeny and will...

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O. Henry's hilarious story of the misadventures of two con men whose supposed fail-proof plan to kidnap the child of the richest man in the small town of Summit, Alabama, backfires upon them when...

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The name Johnny Dorset does not occur in the story until the end. The kidnappers decide to kidnap a child of a prominent citizen for the purpose of getting money. They chose the only child of...

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This question is tricky because there are two film versions of The Ransom of Red Chief. Without knowing exactly which movie you are viewing, it is difficult to provide a completely accurate...

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Sam, the narrator of "The Ransom of Red Chief," inadvertently reveals he and Bill are unsuccessful con men always hoping to strike it rich. Sam and Bill are in an unfamiliar part of the country,...

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In "The Ransom of Red Chief" by O. Henry, two men, Bill and Sam, decide to kidnap a little boy in the town of Summit. They choose Summit for several reasons. First of all, it is a small town...

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Bill and Sam kidnapped "Red Chief" so they could get the two thousand dollars they needed to pull off another scheme in Illinois. The boy is so rambunctious and annoying that Bill can barely stand...

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In "The Ransom of Red Chief," Sam and his partner, Bill Driscoll, have an idea for obtaining the money they need to pull off a "fraudulent town-lot scheme in Western Illinois" without having to do...

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We get the impression that Sam and Bill are career criminals although it isn't spelled out as such in the story. When the story opens, our two would-be kidnappers have managed to scrape together...

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Bill and Sam choose Summit, Alabama as a location for the kidnapping because, within the time frame of this story, the Appalachian area in northern Alabama is remote and sparsely populated. Sam...

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Red Chief, as Johnny Dorset likes to call himself, is the freckle-faced ten-year-old son of Ebenezer Dorset, one of the wealthiest men in Summit, Alabama. Red Chief is an apt nickname because he...

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Bill cannot stand the boy. Upon kidnapping him, Johnny puts up such a fight that Bill is left putting ointment on his wounds. Johnny, "Red Chief," is having so much fun terrorizing Bill and...

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Red Chief's real name is Johnny Dorset. Bill and Sam kidnapped the young boy from Ebenezer Dorset because they believed that the man would pay the big ransom demand to get his son back....

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The little boy named Johnny Dorset, who calls himself Red Chief, is delighted with being kidnapped because it lets him escape from the discipline and chores of home, if any; because it gets him out...

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The story takes place in Alabama, as Sam tells us in the second sentence of "The Ransom of Red Chief." We were down South, in Alabama--Bill Driscoll and myself--when this kidnapping idea struck...

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Bill Driscoll is one of two kidnappers who take a young boy named Johnny Dorset for ransom. Ironically, however, the boy winds up taking control of the situation because he terrifies one kidnapper,...

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In O. Henry's short story, "The Ransom of Red Chief," two men named Bill and Sam kidnap a little boy from his father, Ebenezer Dorset. Bill and Sam, together, had about six hundred dollars, but...

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In this short story by O. Henry, two petty criminals, Sam and Bill, have come up with a surefire way to acquire the two thousand dollars they need to pull off "a fraudulent town-lot scheme in...

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"The Ransom of Red Chief" exhibits the homespun humor and local color often employed by Mark Twain along with the signature ironic twist that is so characteristic of O. Henry. Without doubt, the...

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The idea to kidnap the young boy and demand ransom seemed brilliant to both Sam and Bill. However, the situation changed when they actually got the boy. They did not anticipate any hardships in...

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Sam and Bill are would-be kidnappers. They have planned the deed well, selecting a quiet town with a convenient cave for hiding their hostage, and have identified the only child of a well-to-do...

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"The Ransom of Red Chief" is told in a comical fashion, but it has a serious message, or meaning. This can be simply stated as the old adage: Crime does not pay. Not only does the current caper of...

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When someone changes his or her thoughts or feelings in a dramatic way from the beginning of a story to the end, he or she is called a dynamic character. In O. Henry's "The Ransom of Red Chief,"...

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Anyone who has ever been around a mischievous or hard-to-discipline child can appreciate the irony in this story. The two bumbling kidnappers, Bill Driscoll and the narrator, are going to try to...

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The narrator of "The Ransom of Red Chief" is Sam. He and Bill Driscoll have cooked up a plan to "pull off a fraudulent town-lot scheme in Western Illinois" and need two thousand...

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My favorite use of irony in "The Ransom of Red Chief" is the verbal irony that happens at the end of Bill and Sam's letter to Ebenezer Dorset. These terms are final, and if you do not accede to...

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Ebenezer Dorset, the father of the kidnapped boy who calls himself Red Chief, takes a few actions in the story. Some of them we must assume because we see the result of the action but aren't...

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Sam and Bill are con artists. They are thieves and kidnappers as well, as this story will show. They have six hundred dollars with them at the beginning of the story. They figure that they need two...

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When Ebenezer Dorset receives the ransom note demanding \$1500 for the return of his son, Mr. Dorset writes back. In his note, he tells the kidnappers, Bill and Sam, that he will agree to take his...

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Sam and Bill have just dropped off little Johnny Dorset at his house. But, far from being pleased at returning home, Johnny's actually quite devastated. The spoiled brat has been having so much fun...

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The main conflict in O. Henry's humorous tall tale entitled "The Ransom of Red Chief" involves the two con men, Bill and Sam, and the boy they kidnap. Sam narrates the tale of his and Bill's...

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Bill asks Sam to reduce the ransom amount because he believes that it would be cruel to expect a father to pay so much for his ill-behaved child's return. It is also likely (based on his...

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The two would-be kidnappers get Red Chief to go back to his home with him by telling him a direct lie which they know will be too tempting for him to resist. We took him home that night. We got...