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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Ransom of Red Chief

The Ransom of Red Chief, by O Henry

1) Whom do you consider the protagonist(s) of this story: Sam & Bill or the boy? Whom do you root for?

2) Do you think Sam and Bill are capable of having a successful career as criminals?

2 comments:

Lisa said...

Most definitely Bill is a protagonist, although on some level I was hoping that the boy would ultimately benefit from the time spent with Sam and Bill, so I suppose I was hoping there was a chance to save them all! As for whether they'd make decent criminals, it's hard to say - although they do the right thing in the end by returning the boy, their motives were still for themselves, and the relief of being away from the boy. Self preservation above all seems like a good starting point for a criminal career... Great little story!

Tim DeForest said...

Thanks for posting the first comment for the Short Story Reading Club.

I agree that Bill is the protagonist. Gee whiz, how much of a brat is Red Chief that he has you rooting for the kidnappers?

It's a tribute to O.Henry's skill as a storyteller that he can give us such likable protagonists even when they are doing something villianous.