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When you spend time in jail you get a new view on life Since O Henry spent some time in jail for embezzling his stories all seem to have a lawless element Running from the law seems to be a big part of his short stories and even more than his famous surprise endings the obvious similarities between the stories especially the lawlessness element obscures the plots as just details When you consider that 2 of the plots are about these grafting schemes and the third one implies it as much the themes are different and they each are individual but this is one way to convey three messages I will be writing about three short stories all by O Henry Masters Of Arts The Man Higher Up and the one that we all know After Twenty Years The plots are similar they all have to do with white collar crime Grafting In Masters of Arts a clever machinator Jimmy Keogh decides that a president of a South American nation has a very weak detriment to his personality his pride and decides to exploit it He finds a budding young artist from New York Carolus White lies about his fame in the US and finally secures 10000 dollars for Carolus to do a obscenely tasteless portrait of this president Carolus cannot do it he has artistic standards and therefore loses the money To create a contrast to this the machinator takes a incriminating photo of the president and proceeds to blackmail the president However at the moment of receiving the money Keogh rips up the photo and does not request nor recive the money He cannot blackmail he has standards Juxtaposing this is the story The Man Higher Up The entire story takes place in New York where two friends are meeting over plates of pasta One friend Jeff Peters is telling our narrator about his adventures grafting where Jeff is saying that
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