Monday, January 12, 2009

the last leaf (review of story and poem)

The Last Leaf Story - O. Henry

O. Henry takes a very interesting story. He seems to be making fun of all of his characters. The very end takes a very serious, dreadful ending, which seems to indicate that careless conversation and attitudes can have devastating effects. The climax of the story would be when Johnsy and Susie are watching and waiting for that last leaf to fall. When it doesn't, and Johnsy decides to live. Her neighbor, (Behrman) an elderly artist frustrated by his inability to paint what is in his heart, follows the example of the Savior and makes the ultimate sacrifice to save her life. In doing so, he creates the masterpiece he has been struggling to paint (he painted it there the night that the last leaf fell). The dramatic ending is a very intense and powerful finale a sad ending. O. Henry wants to emphasize here is to have a self confidence and trust to yourself in the midst of confusion and trials, we can only live here on earth once therefore we should play it right or to use it right for us to live happily ever after here on earth. We also think our loved one's not by thinking our own. After I read the story entitled "the last leaf" by O. Henry I am proud to say that I learned a lot and to have a positive outlook in life.

http://www.online-literature.com/o_henry/1303


The Last Leaf Poem - Oliver Wendell Holmes


In his poem “The Last Leaf” Oliver Wendell Holmes describes a relic of a season that has passed. The interesting element in the poem is that the relic is a living human being who is the last survivor of the generation that bloomed at the same time that he did. The old man's stubborn battle to cling to the tree is an inspiration to the speaker to cling to the tree and aspire to someday be that "last leaf in the spring". Compared to the "Last Leaf Story" the poem wants to emphasize that the man is the last leaf or survivor of his generation. This could represent the important nature of youth. But yet and still the poem has a sad ending or meaning. That we all know it is happening in the reality.

http://www.love-poems.me.uk/holmes_the_last_leaf.htm

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