The Ransom of Red Chief Essay

853 Words Sep 28th, 2009 4 Pages
Bobby Langan
October 5, 2005

“The Ransom of Red Chief”

“The Ransom of Red Chief” is a truly ironic story. O. Henry starts the story with two scheming pals, Bill and Sam, who have an idea for kidnapping a wealthy man’s son in a town named Summit. They soon acquire Johnny Dorset, son of Ebenezer Dorset, (the wealthy man) and run off with him to a cave. Johnny, also called “Red Chief”, turns out to be more trouble than he’s worth, literally! The two friends expect a ransom of $2,000, but “Red Chief” causes so much chaos and havoc that the conmen are willing to give up the ransom just to get rid of him. Red Chief’s attempts to scalp, burn, and torture the two swindlers cause them to give up. He is especially cruel to Bill,
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Bill is referring to a King that was afraid of losing power so ordered his troops to kill all male children .As he does with almost any idea, O.Henry makes his Biblical references a humorous part of this masterful work of art. Every aspect of his creation provides humor and wit to this riot of a story. When I read O.Henry’s remarkable, ironic story it was like de-ja-vu . Red Chiefs continual acts of aggravation

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