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O. Henry (1862 - 1910) William Sydney Porter William Sydney Porter was a prolific American short story writer who was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. When he was three, his mother died, and he was raised by his paternal grandmother and aunt. At the age of fifteen he left school. In 1897 he was convicted of stealing money. In prison he started to write short stories to earn money to support his daughter Margaret. In 1910, he changed his name to O. Henry. surprise ending ironic twist Many of O. Henrys stories contain a surprise ending or an ironic twist. The Gift of the Magi is one of the most famous of his short stories with a twist.
LITERARY IN ELEMENTS RANSOM FORESHADOWING PLOT SETTING IRONY POINT OF VIEW Time and place a story occurs Future events suggested by the author before they occur Sequence of events in a story Something happening opposite of what is expected Perspective of who is telling the story THEME Overall message of the story
BEFORE READING Read the title of the story. Based on the title and the authors biography, make a about what the plot is going to be about. prediction When you hear about kidnappings, what are some of the most common things you associate with it?
Vocabulary to know philoprogenitiveness terror imp scheme ransom captive dastardly prominent fraudulent capital concluded buggy collaborated Cowardly A sly or secret plan of action Causing fear or worry Troublesome child Having been cheated or tricked Leading Something paid for the release of a captured person A small cart pulled by a horse Prisoner Money Fondness for children Work together To reach a decision
The setting of The Ransom of Red Chief was written in 1910 and set in a small town called Summit in the deep south of Alabama. The story of The Ransom of Red Chief has become a familiar cultural theme. The most notable is the Home Alone and Dennis the Menace movies. STORY BACKGROUND
Read The Ransom of Red Chief to: point of view credibility narrators Find out how point of view influences the credibility, or reliability, of the narrators story. foreshadowing predict ironic plot twist Find out how O. Henry uses foreshadowing to help readers predict the ironic plot twist at the end of the story.
Reading After In the story, O. Henry creates an example of irony when two kidnappers end up being held hostage by their supposed victim. How would you have reacted to Red Chief if you were in their situation? What did you find unusual about the boys attitude regarding captivity? What does this say about the boy?
The Ransom of Red Chief Extra Credit who whatwherewhen why Write a newspaper article describing the kidnapping and the return of Mr. Dorsets son. Be sure to include the following information: who, what, where, when, and why. (20 pts) Old Hank Snake-Eye Prepare and perform a mock trial of Johnny Red Chief from the defendants perspective of Old Hank and Snake-Eye, who are suing for assault and battery as well as extortion. (30 pts) Draw and color a picture of Red Chief, Old Hank, or Snake- Eye. Consult the story again for descriptions. (15 pts)