Comedy in Rubber

Henry, O. “Comedy in Rubber.” Literature Collection. Art Branch Inc. n, d. Web. 19 May. 2011.

 This short story narrates the love story between two rubbers, people who go to accident sites in New York City. After meeting in an accident, William Pry falls in love with Violet Seymour they part their separate ways, but can´t stop thinking about each other. After a desperate search by William, they encounter and start dating, and finally they marry each other. Even though the plot of the story is weird, it suggests that love is a peculiar thing that can happen to any one, at any moment, in any place. I believe O. Henry chose this scene to make it clear that he believes love is a peculiar thing and also to make fun of it. By writing a love story about these atypical people, and how they fell in love, Henry manages to make fun of how unpredictable love is. Also he uses irony, because no one would have thought that people with William´s and Violet’s characteristics could feel something as sweet and caring as love.


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