The Last Leaf help me with homework: O.Henry is famous for surprise endings

O.Henry is famous for surprise endings or “twists” in his stories. In The Last Leaf, Johnsy seems to be dying of pneumonia when the story begins, but it is Mr Behrman who dies in the end, while Johnsy survives. Now we know how Mr Behrman died, think of these other points and discuss them:
  • What did Mr. Behrman paint before he died?
  • Try to describe his masterpiece.
  • What did Mr. Behrman’s painting do for Johnsy to help her survive?
  • What feeling did it give her?
  • Why does Sue call “The Last Leaf” Behrman’s masterpiece?
Another main character is Mr. Pneumonia, though he doesn’t sound much like a painter. How would you describe Mr. Pneumonia?
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    1. before Mr. Behrman died  he painted the last leaf on the window before he died.

 

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2. His masterpiece is not a masterpiece in general sense, it was just a leaf on the window which made Johnsy think that this is the leaf that survived the storm.

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3. She said that she will fight for her life the same as this last leaf is fighting for his. But the real leaf has fallen. that is why this painting made her think that it survived then she must too.

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4. It gave her a feeling that her life is worth living and she will not give up.

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5. Sue call “The Last Leaf” Behrman’s masterpiece Because this picture, this painting saved Johnsy’s life.

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6. I would describe Mr. Pneumonia is a deadly ruthless disease, but it is not unbeatable.

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