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    • O’HENRY (WILLIAM SYDNEY PORTER) 1862 - 1910 BY: Vargas, Alcira
      • Born September 11, 1862 as
      • William Sydney Porter in
      • North Carolina, where he
      • spent his childhood.
      • Read avidly
      • Dropped out of school at 15
      • Worked many jobs (on a Texas ranch, in a drug store, as a bank clerk) to make money
      • Started a humorous weekly called The Rolling Stonein 1894
      • Drank heavily when the weekly failed Worked as a bank teller and accused of embezzling money from the First National Bank of Austin
      • Fled to Honduras to avoid trial
      • Returned after hearing of wife dying
      • He was convicted of embezzling $4,000 in 1894.
      • While in prison, he began writing short stories.
      • After he spent three years in jail, he changed his name to O. Henry.
      • He was released two years early for good behavior.
      • William Porter was married to Athol Estes in 1887.
      • They had one daughter, Margaret Worth Porter.
      • His wife died of tuberculosis in 1897.
      Porter Family in the 1890’s.
      • Whistling Dick’s Christmas was his first story, written in 1899.
      • He wrote a story each week for about three years, that was published in the New York World magazine.
      • His stories were also published in other magazines.
      • O’Henry wrote over 600 short stories in his life. These inlcude:.
      • He also published ten collections, of his hundreds of short stories. These include:
      • Cabbages and Kings
      • The Four Million
      • The Trimmed Lamp
      • Whirligigs
      • Sixes and Sevens
      • Rolling Stones
      • Waifs and Strays
      • Heart of the West
      • O. Henry died on June 5th, 1910, of cirrhosis of the liver.
      • In the last years of his life he had many problems, including an unhappy marriage, financial problems, poor health, and alcoholism.
      • He had married Sarah Lindsay Coleman just three years earlier and they had separated after 1 year.
    •  
      • It is a classic tale of sacrifice, irony, and wisdom gained.
      • It is about a couple who long to buy the perfect holiday gifts for one another.
      • They are very much in love with each other.
      • Unfortunately, they have very little money, but they are determined.
      • New York City
      • A cheap, small apartment
      • Christmas Eve
      • Early 1900’s
      • Della Young: Pretty, slender young woman who cuts off her beautiful long hair and sells it to buy a Christmas gift for her husband.
      • James Dillingham Young: Husband of Della. He is a thin, serious young man, twenty-two years old. He sells his gold watch to buy a gift for Della.
      • Madame Sofronie: The only character in the story other than the Youngs. The local hair-goods shop owner who buys Della's hair.
      • Introduction: The background information about Jim and Della, description of setting, and circumstances
      • Rising Action: Della’s difficult decision.
      • Climax: Exchange of gifts
      • Falling Action: The realization of generosity and that actions are more priceless than the possessions.
      • Denouement: Jim and Della remain in love. They already possess the greatest gift of all, love for each other.
      • Poverty
      • Internal Conflict (Man vs. Man/Man vs. Himself)
      • External Conflict (Man vs. Society)
      • Personality and presence
      • Della’s point of view
      • Third party narrator
      • Direct
      • Discusses details
      • Comments on his own words
      • Wealth and poverty
      • Generosity
      • Love
    •