‘One Dollar’s Worth’ by O. Henry: An Analysis

 

By Dr Oliver Tearle

‘One Dollar’s Worth’ is a short story by the American writer O. Henry, whose real name was William Sydney Porter (1862-1910). A trademark of the O. Henry story is the surprise twist ending, and ‘One Dollar’s Worth’ certainly has a few surprises in store for the reader in its closing paragraphs. The story is about a criminal who seeks vengeance on the judge who put him in prison, by intending to kill the judge’s daughter. Continue reading “‘One Dollar’s Worth’ by O. Henry: An Analysis”

‘After Twenty Years’ by O. Henry: An Analysis

 

By Dr Oliver Tearle

‘After Twenty Years’ is a short story by the American writer O. Henry, whose real name was William Sydney Porter (1862-1910). A trademark of the O. Henry story is the surprise twist ending, and ‘After Twenty Years’ is a classic example of this. The story is about two friends who agree to meet up after twenty years to compare each other’s lives. Continue reading “‘After Twenty Years’ by O. Henry: An Analysis”

‘A Cosmopolite in a Café’ by O. Henry: An Analysis

 

By Dr Oliver Tearle

‘A Cosmopolite in a Café’ (1906) is a short story by the US short-story writer O. Henry, whose real name was William Sydney Porter (1862-1910). His stories are characterised by their irony, their occasional sentimentality, and by their surprise twist endings. Although ‘A Cosmopolite in a Café’ is lacking in sentimentality, it contains O. Henry’s trademark twist at the end of the short narrative.

The story is narrated by a man in a café who gets talking to a well-travelled man who considers himself a ‘citizen of the world’ and who dislikes local or national pride. Continue reading “‘A Cosmopolite in a Café’ by O. Henry: An Analysis”