The Ransom Of Red Chief Analysis

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Charlie Zhang
8th Grade GT ILA 6-7
November 2, 2017

My favorite piece of literature is The Ransom of Red Chief written by O. Henry. I enjoyed the plot twist in this story, as well as the symbolism and irony throughout. When the antagonists, Sam and Bill devise a plan to kidnap Johnny, the son of wealthy businessman Ebenezer Dorset, they anticipated a good sum of easy money. As the story unfolds, Johnny proves to be very troublesome and causes much stress to the extent when the kidnappers cannot tolerate Johnny any longer. They sent a ransom letter to Ebenezer to “demand fifteen hundred dollars in large bills for his return” (Henry 4). Knowing his son is a nuisance, Ebenezer replies with a counter proposition
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New ideas and cultures keep showing in these pieces of literature and display that the world is changing at rapid speeds with no sign of slowing down anytime soon. While many life lessons and morals could be taken from these stories, the most significant would be that rebellion is okay sometimes and that the rules need to be changed sometimes in order to adjust to new changes and evolving generations. As humans evolve over time, so should rules. A current example would be gun control laws. Rules made on gun control a hundred years ago should be modified in accordance with the ever-evolving human generation. When rules that need to be changed aren’t changed, humans have the right to express their opinions by rebelling. This is evidently shown in Civil Disobedience, written by Henry David Thoreau. When he didn’t believe in what the government was doing with citizens’ tax money, he states that [he] paid no poll-tax for six years” (Thoreau 11). There are unfair rules in our everyday life. Instead of being content by being ruled by unjust laws, we should find a way for people to hear our voice and our opinions, and try our best to amend previous mistakes.

Annotated Bibliography
Nelson, Steve J., and Clara T. Nelson. “BARTLEBY, THE SCRIVENER.” The Project Gutenberg EBook of Bartleby, The Scrivener, by Herman Melville, Project Gutenberg, 23 Feb. 2004,
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