Text Analysis THE GREEN DOOR BY O’HENRY

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Text Analysis THE GREEN DOOR BY O’HENRY
The text under analysis is a story written by O’Henry. His real name is William Sidney Porter and O. Henry is his pen name. O. Henry is an American short-story writer of the late 19th century. He is a representative of realism, who wrote about the life of ordinary people in New York City. Typical for O. Henry's stories is a twist of plot which turns on an ironic or coincidental [kəuˌɪn(t)sɪ'dent(ə)l] (випадковий) circumstance. Although some critics were not so enthusiastic about his work, the public loved and loves it. The plots of his stories are clever and interesting, and the end is always surprising. His works include ‘The Four
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This time, having received a card with the inscription “The Green Door” from a distributer in the street, he undertakes another evening journey. Rudolph Steiner is a commonplace American and not an American at the same time. He lives here but he is quite different from the capitalist majority. O’Henry characterizes Rudolph indirectly through his speech: “This is ridiculous to go without eating”, “I’m coming back tomorrow to see how you are getting along – you can’t get rid of me so easily”. This difference was (in those days) and is vitally important nowadays, Rudolph is deeply hu’mane, despite the unspoken law of the society (as consequences of the so-called “social darvinism” – the fittest survive); he treats poor people the same way as all others and the financial state of a person he deals with is of no difference for him. We can draw this conclusion from his ‘conduct(поведінка) towards the girl: he understands not only her helplessness, but spends his (probably all his) money to support her, to take her out of trouble, showing his philanthropic [ˌfɪlən'θrɔpɪk] (благодійний) nature. Rudolph is awarded: the girl turns out not to be of the kind he thought before. He says: “All the same, I believe it was the hand of Fate that doped out the way for me to find her”.
In terms of the contextual type, the story is written mostly as the author’s narration, but there are parts of the author’s meditation

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