What is O. Henry's purpose in writing "One Thousand Dollars?"i need to know what his purpose might of been. i know most stories are ment to entertain but i think there is an underlying purpose but...

What is O. Henry's purpose in writing "One Thousand Dollars?"

i need to know what his purpose might of been. i know most stories are ment to entertain but i think there is an underlying purpose but i cant place it i need help.

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To me, the purpose of this story (other than entertainment) is to show that people can change their ways and act in ways that are not expected of them.

In this story, everyone thinks that Young Gillian is a total playboy and wastrel.  And it really is true.  He has been very much like that and he deserves what people think of him.

Even so, he changes his ways by the end of the story.  Instead of being selfish and immature, he does something that is really very noble.  He acts in a way that is totally different from what you would expect given what he has shown in the past.

So I think this is a story of change and redemption, showing us that it is never too late for us to change and improve ourselves and our behaviors.

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