Слайд 1Analysis of the story
“The Love Drug”
by O. Henry
Слайд 3 The title of the story I ‘m
going to interpret is “The Love Drug”. The author of
this story is O. Henry.
O. Henry was a prolific American short-story writer, a master of surprise endings.
Слайд 4 William Sydney Porter (O. Henry) was
born in Greensboro, North Carolina, 1862. His father was a
physician. When William was three, his mother died, and he was raised by his paternal grandmother and aunt. At the age of fifteen William left school and then worked in a drug store and on a Texas ranch. He married in 1882.
Слайд 5 He worked in Houston Post as
a reporter and columnist. In 1897 he was convicted of
embezzling money, although there has been much debate over his actual guilt. In 1898 he entered a penitentiary at Columbus, Ohio.
While in prison O. Henry started to write short stories to earn money to support his daughter Margaret. His first work, “Whistling Dick’s Christmas Stocking” (1899), appeared in McClure’s Magazine. O. Henry’s last years were shadowed by alcoholism, ill health, and financial problems. O. Henry died of cirrhosis of the liver on June 5, 1910, in New York.
Слайд 6 Henry’s collections are “Cabbages and Kings”, “The
Four Million” (The Gift of the Magi, The Furnished Room”),
“The Trimmed Lamp” (The Last Leaf), “Whirligigs” (The Ransom of Red Chief), “The Heart of the West”.
Слайд 7 The title “The Love drug” can
orientate the reader that the story will be about love.
The theme of the story is love and friend’s treachery.
The main idea of this story is to show the reader that person can do everything for love and betrayal of friends can be fatal.
Слайд 8The main characters of the story are:
Jim, a young car
a night clerk at a chemist.
his girlfriend Rosy;
Rosy’s father Mr. Riddle;
Jim’s friend Pilkins,
Слайд 9 The actions took place in the pharmacy
and in Rosy’s house.
during two days.
The actions lasted
Слайд 10 “The Love Drug” is a short story.
It is well – written and easy to read.
The story has a simple plot. In the beginning of the story the author wrote that Jim, a young car – driver, was in love with Rosy. Rosy was in love with him, but her father disliked Jim.
Слайд 11 The explosion in this story was when
Jim came to his friend Pilkins and asked him to
help. Jim said, that they decided to run away and get married that night. But Rosy doubted whether they should do it. And Jim was afraid that she changes her mind. Pilkins offered to pour a powder to her and then they can escape.
Слайд 12 The culmination moment was when Jim
had gone, Pilkins, who was in love with Rosy too,
immediately went to Mr. Riddle and told the old man that Jim and Rosy were going to run away that night. Rosy’s father was very angry and was going to kill Jim after supper.
Слайд 13 The denouement was when the next day
Pilkins met Jim and was surprised very much when Jim
said that they were married last night.
Слайд 14 Jim said that during the supper
he looked at Rosy and decided that he mustn’t do
it with her and put the powder in old Riddle’s coffee.
Слайд 15 O. Henry used not many stylistic devices.
it even if it costs all the money I have” shows us that Jim will do everything only his love was near him.
A hyperbole “I have to pay for
Слайд 16 The most bright moment for me
is “- Lord! I am the luckiest man…. I looked
at Rosy and said to myself, “Don’t play any tricks on that girl. She loves you, that’s clear enough.” Then I looked at her father and thought ‘There’s the man you should take care of. So I watched for my chance and put the powder in old Riddle’s coffee – see?”
Слайд 17 I liked this story very much. O.
Henry’s stories are always absorbing and exciting. There is always
surprising end in his stories. The author touched upon the problem of friendship in this story. Pilkins, Jim’s friend, betrayed him. Betrayal for love, whether it is good. I think not. I believe that friends are to help to each other in difficult times. If a person has betrayed you, then it can’t be considered a friend. Even if it was a betrayal for the sake of love. But the most important thing in this story is that even treachery couldn’t stop loving people to be together. Love overcomes all barriers. And it is most important.
Слайд 18The presentation was prepared by
Group 06 – H
– on – Kuban