The Gift Of The Magi

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The Magi refers to the Wise Men or Kings in the Gospel of Matthew and Christianity. They visit Jesus after his birth and bring gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to him. Also, they are important figures of celebrations of Christmas. Christmas gifts are precious, so people want to receive the most valuable gifts at the end of the year, such as the gift of Magi. A famous American writer O. Henry creates The Gift of The Magi, a short story of giving gifts on Christmas Eve, which is a common theme among the western novel; however, O. Henry 's work is unique and becomes the representative. The Gift of The Magi reflects that what kind of environment he was living and where his social class was. The background of the creation has a close relation to O. Henry’s personal life. First, he was born in the middle-class family, and his parents were doctors. His mother dead when he was a little boy. So, he had to learn how to live by himself. He realized that life is difficult and hard. Secondly, this novel is for memorizing and commemorating to his wife. Their life was poor and sweet, but they were both working hard. His wife was frail health because of the hardships and poverty of their hope. Meanwhile, he ran to South America because he wants to avoid the trial of misappropriating funds. He was eager to back home and visit his wife, but the bad news was waiting for him—his wife dead. Remorse and regret motivate him to create this masterpiece, which reproduces the humanism of a

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