Analysis of the Last Leaf

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Analysis of the Last Leaf

Essay – The Last Leaf
The Last Leaf is a short story of the author O’ Henry. O’ Henry is an American short story writer, he lived from 1862 and died in 1910 and he is known for his unexpected endings.
The story takes place in New York in the area called Greenwich in the 1890s. I think it is a fictitious story.
“The last leaf” is not written in details, the text is simple and the sentences are short. The atmosphere is very serious and a bit tragic, because Johnsy is very sick and she wants to die, for example stands there on page one, second column, line three. “‘I can’t help her,’ the doctor said. ‘She is very sad. She doesn’t want to live.” Here you get a feeling that the story is very serious and unhappy.
The characters are Sue, Johnsy and Behrmann. All three is artist and they live in the same old brick house. Sue is from the State of Maine and draw pictures for magazines. Johnsy is from California and she wants to paint a picture of the Bay of Naples. The two girls live together.
Behrmann is an older man and live downstairs the two girls.
The story has an introduction, where you hear a little about Greenwich and that the two girls are artist. The events is presented is chronological order and there is not any flashbacks. There is an open ending, because you don’t know what will happen with the two girls. I think the ending is very unpredictable, because you don’t expect that Behrman will die, just that Johnsy will get healthy again, so the ending is surprising.
It is written in third-person
The themes are charity, friendship and self-scarified, because Behrman paint the leaf, so Johnsy won’t loose her mood.
The tone is very serious and a bit tragic, because Johnsy is very sick and she wants to die, which stands on page one, second column, line three. “‘I can’t help her,’ the doctor said. ‘She is very sad. She doesn’t want to live.”

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