William Sydney Porter, also known as O Henry was an excellent writer and very talented in writing surprise endings to all of his stories ("O Henry"). He wrote about average people living in New York City, this influenced the settings of most his stories by giving the reader a visual of the senses he wrote about. In the stories "A Romance of a Busy Broker" and "A Service of Love" which were written by O Henry, both are influenced by O Henry's life and talents. Also used in his stories were many literary elements such as, characterization, situational irony, symbolism, and foreshadowing.
In the story "A Romance of a Busy Broker", Harvey Maxwell an old, very busy Manhattan broker becomes overwhelmed with work and becomes very forgetful. His assistant Mr. Pitcher misunderstands him and call for a replacement stenographer to replace Miss. Leslie. Until Mr.
Maxwell finds out and gets upset, telling Mr. Pitcher that Miss.
Through out the story "A Romance of a Busy Broker," O Henry uses characterization to explain and exaggerate the characters in the story. Starting with Mr. Harvey Maxwell, O Henry explains him as an old man, who works as a broker in Manhattan. This job at times for him can get very busy and this leads to him becoming forgetful. He forgets during the story that he actually is in love with Miss.
Another element used in the story "A Romance of a Busy Broker" is
O Henry also used the literary element of foreshadowing to convey to the reader what was to come. O Henry used this many times through out the story. He used this when he explained "Pitcher, still mildly curious, noticed a difference in her ways this morning... (O Henry_)." This shows that even thought Miss.
The short story "A service of Love" by O Henry is about a married couple, who had a deep love for art. During the story one of the main characters, Joe Larrabee pretends to have a job as an artist, painting and drawing senses for customers, and his wife and also another main character, Delia Larrabee pretends to teach a wealthy generals daughter how to play the piano, when she gives her music lessons. The couple lies to each other and both get a job at a laundry mat working in different sections. Then, when Joe finds out Delia supposedly hurt herself while teaching Clementina, Joe knows Delia was lying. Than when the truth is told to each, everything is alright and they forgive each other.
Through out the story O Henry uses characterization to explain the loves, and talents of each character. He explains Joe Larrabee as an excellent painter and/or artist, also shown is his pride, how proud he was of what he did and how he wanted his wife to be able to follow her dream, ever though he could not follow his own. He lied to his wife Delia about selling his paintings to a man from Peoria, so she would not feel bad about following her dream. O Henry explains Delia Larrabee as being a pianist and also having a deep love for music, she also lied to Joe about teaching General Pinkney's daughter how to play piano. Both Joe and Delia want to protect each other and would do any job that would put food on the table, even if that job had nothing to do with art.
Another literary element used in "A Service of Love" by O Henry is
O Henry used symbolism in the story "A Service of Love" to attract meaning to the story. In the story, art was symbolic of Joe and Delia's love for each other and how their love was never ending, no matter what. O Henry explained this when saying "When one loves one's art no service seems to hard (O Henry_)." Another example of symbolism is Joe and Delia's lies towards each other. Joe's lie about selling his paintings to a man from Peoria and Delia's lie about teaching General Pinkney's daughter how to play piano, were done to protect each others dreams also, Delia's bandage was used to be symbolic of her lie. As seen, by O Henry adding this symbolism to the story, it gave it meaning and showed the reader the importantance of Joe and Delia's love.
In conclusion, O Henry is seen as one of the best writers in time. By using the element of surprise at the end of his stories, it added excitement and wonder to the story. In both short stories "A Service of Love" and "The Romance of a Busy Broker" he used this method an in most of his other stories. As seen, he also used characterization,
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