The Gift Of The Magi Analysis

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Author, O. Henry in his short story, “The Gift of The Magi”, claims it is okay to sacrifice for others. He supports his claim be first using a logical appeal to show Della’s self sacrifice, then using another emotional appeal to show Della and Jim’s love for each other, and finally using a logical appeal to show Jim’s sacrifice for Della. Henry’s purpose is to inform others about Della and Jim’s sacrifice in order to show that it is okay to sacrifice for others. He establishes a sad and wonderful tone for the wisest people Della’s self sacrifice left her being insecure with herself because she did not know how Jim would react. For example, “Will you buy my hair?” asked Della. “I buy hair,” said Madame. “Take yer hat off and let’s have a …show more content…

Both were the wisest couple and thought of each other first. This is a emotional appeal because both were the wisest couple. Della and Jim had to sell their belongings to buy the perfect gift. Both still showed affection to each other and Jim did not know what to think. O. Henry uses a negative connotation with the words “was being paid $30 per week” and “was shrunk to $20” shows how much their original payment was and now was cut by $10 which really impacted them for their gifts. O. Henry uses compound sentences to show Della and Jim’s struggle with income and financially because it shows how much they had left when they were buying gifts. Jim also struggled with finding a gift for Della and had to make one of his own sacrifices. For example, “Della,” said he, “Let’s put our Christmas presents away and keep’em a while. They’re too nice to use just as a present. I sold the watch to get the money to buy your combs. And now suppose you put the chops on.”(Pg 292) Della had sold the her hair for money. While Jim bought combes for Della’s hair. SO now Jim was shocked to see that Della had cut her hair off just for him. This is a logical appeal because Jim sacrificed his belongings too for Della. He needed to sell his grandfather’s golden watch for Della’s gift. But also he did it because he loved her in the end. O. Henry uses a positive connotation with the words “Everywhere they were the wisest” and

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