In this story the gift of Magi, Della the girl is just thinking about what she should get jim for christmas. But she is just so sad because it’s christmas eve and she only has a dollar and 87 cents to buy him a gift. That just shows how much she loves him because she is so sad about how she can’t give jim what he deserves. So she decides to still go out into town and look for a present.
In The Gift Of The Magi the setting and characterization build the themes of love, generosity, and wealth and poverty.
Irony flooded "The Gift of the Magi." Della placed emphasis on acquiring a worthy present for Jim by Christmas day, as did Jim. The couple decided to sell their prized possessions in secrecy, just to obtain nice presents for each other. The ironic part comes into play when we find out that Della decided to sell her majestic hair to purchase Jim a new platinum chain for his prized gold watch. Well, Jim sold his prized possession to purchase Bella the comb set she had longed for. Without hair to comb and a watch to be carried by a platinum chain, the gifts were deemed unusable until the future. Without the plot twist, this story would lack necessary substance and irony. Although, the plot twist is important, it solely does not make the entire
Abstract The story was written by O’Henry in 1906. The story was centered around a seemingly poor couple who did not have enough money to buy each other the gifts that their significant other deserved. The story took place during Christmas. The Gift of the Magi is like a classic wisdom story in the bible. O’Henrys choice of title depicts symbolism between the three magi that brought gold, frankincense, and mur, to the baby Jesus and the gifts that Jim and Della had given to each other which mainly consisted of selfless love, Della’s hair and Jims pocket watch. This itself ties into the theme of his story. These gifts all entail the act
In "The gift of the Magi" and "Bert and Ernie's Christmas", both show various similarities and differences. The first similarity was they both were short on money and on time, causing them to trade their treasured possessions for money in order to buy a gift for their loved one. One difference in " The gift of the Magi" there status was husband and wife, while in "Bert and Ernie's Christmas" they were just friends. Despite their different relationship status, in both stories they gave up their prized possessions for each other, not knowing they needed their belongings in order for them to properly use the gifts they had received. As an example in "The gift of the Magi" the wife, Della, sacrificed her hair to buy her husband a
A major theme in the story " The Gift of the Magi" is sacrifice. Della states that her husbands income dropped by 10$. The whole reason Della can't afford a big gift in the beginning is because of their income loss. So therefore she saves money to try and get her husband a great gift for Christmas but she couldn't save much, so then she sells her hair for 20$ to buy her husband a platinum fob chain because in the end she states that she wouldn't be able to live with herself if she didn't get him anything for Christmas. On the other hand, she is nervous to see what her husband will think because of her hair cut. He gets home and has a blank look on his face and Della thinks its because of the way it turned out. He then explains to her that his
"The Necklace," "A Monkey's Paw," and "The Gift of Magi" all have a distinctive technique that leads to a deeper meaning of the story. The technique of "The Necklace" is represented by symbolism of the necklace. In "A Monkey's Paw," the technique that is seen is foreshadowing. In "The
The gifts given in the course of Lottie Moon Christmas offering are to help support the things that are not essential within the United States of America. Issues, such as; transportation required for missionaries to be able to spread the gospel all over from the different villages to the towns. Having been to a foreign
The Magi story and the Sesame street video are similar and different in a variety of different ways. Something the video and the story have in common is that all of the characters are poor, and cannot afford a Christmas present for one another. While comparing both the video and story, we can see that all of the characters care about each other so much, they are willing to trade their most prized possessions to put a smile on the other person's face. When contrasting the video and the story, you can see that the setting and characters from the video are from sesame street, while the couple in the Magi story are very much human and it is taken place in an older time. A distinction between the video and the story might be what their prized possessions
Similar to “The Cask of Amontillado,” O. Henry includes dramatic irony so the reader becomes emotionally connected to the story and pities its characters throughout “The Gift of the Magi”. It is known that both Jim and Della sold their most prized possessions in order to buy each other a Christmas present. The first instance of dramatic irony is when Della opened her present revealing an exceedingly thoughtful gift from her husband. “White fingers and nimble tore at the string and paper. And then an ecstatic scream of joy; and then, alas! A quick feminine change to hysterical tears and wails, necessitating the immediate employment of all comforting powers of the lord of the flat. For there lay The Combs- the set of combs side and back that
In conclusion, based on the book if someone is going to give a gift they should only give currency or its close substitute. However, in today’s society there is a stigma
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) This day as we commemorate the birth of our Savior, I would like to talk about three gifts, not of gold, frankincense or myrrh,
Stories of love and sacrifice abound in literature. Perhaps one of the most well known stories among teens and adults is the tale of a poor, young couple struggling to find the perfect Christmas gifts for each other using their very limited means. They each manage to get what they think is the perfect gift for the other, but only accomplish this by selling a prized possession which effectively makes the new gifts impractical. This bittersweet narrative, “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry, illustrates the moral idea that a person, motivated by nothing but love for another, can possess a willingness to give in a self-denying way which necessitates that the reader consider that wealth be measured by something more than having money
Literary Analysis of The Gift of the Magi The twists and turns of the plot as it unfolds within O. Henry 's “The Gift of the Magi” are what simply captivate the reader in such a short amount of pages. The story of Jim and Della on a cold Christmas Eve at the turn of 20th century America is centered around what is remarkably relevant to what many readers have experienced in their own lives; the inevitable stresses, sacrifices, and joys of the holiday season.
“My purpose is to show that in every human heart there is an innate tendency towards a respectable life; that even those who have fallen to the lowest depths in the social scale would, if they could, get back to the higher life…”(Rollins 7-8 ). O`Henry came up with