O. Henry Discussion Topics

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What are some of the universal human wishes that make “The Gift of the Magi” such a classic Christmas story?

How can you justify O. Henry’s dependence on coincidence and poetic justice in his stories?

How would you describe the personality of the typical O. Henry storyteller?

What characteristics of “The Cop and the Anthem” make it something other than a story about the plight of the homeless?

Compare and contrast the importance of “place” in “The Furnished Room” and “A Municipal Report.”