After Twenty Years By O. Henry Essay

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“After Twenty Years” by O. Henry Analysis
The well-known saying that states “the whole is only as good as the sum of its parts” rings true for many things. In particular, that saying can also be applied to short stories. A short story is only as good the literary components of which it is made. Together, these literary components work together to make a story effective, which in turn means that it will be enjoyable for readers to read. “After Twenty Years” by O. Henry is one example of a short story that employs many literary techniques that make the story effective and memorable to readers. The short story “After Twenty Years” is effective because of its use of setting, dialogue, and situational irony.
The setting of “After Twenty Years” helps contribute to the effectiveness of the short story as a whole. The dreariness of the weather at the very beginning of the story helps to set the mood for a tale in which something somewhat unpleasant or unexpected is going to happen to one or more of the characters in the story. For example, the narrator gives us a brief description of the dismal weather in these lines: “It was only about ten at night, but it was cold. And there was a wind with a little rain in it.” We as the readers do not know what unpleasant or unexpected event is going to befall the characters just yet, but the setting helps to provide this subtle hint. Furthermore, the setting also helps to establish the course of the story. The setting of “After Twenty Years”…

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