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The Gift Of The Magi Conflict Analysis Essay

Essay on The Gift of the Magi

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Many critics agree, “The Gift of the Magi” is, in all respects, an amazing and one of a kind story. One critic says, “Ironically, Fagin arrives at something utterly crucial to the success of 'The Gift of the Magi': that it has everything—an absorbing (if short) narrative drive and a twist ending that makes it wholly original” (Korb). Even renowned critic, Rena Korb, agrees; O.Henry did an excellent job with this story. Though O. Henry wrote many great stories, one of his most famous, and favorite, stories of all time is “The Gift of the Magi.” “The gift of the Magi” is a classic about a couple who sacrifices their happiness for the other. It is one of Henry’s most popular stories by far; even being remade many times. Such a popular story…show more content…

O. Henry included two more quotes, “ Her eyes were shining brilliantly….” and “…it terrified her,” to show that her emotions changed many times. Della's emotions went from being sad, to being hopeful of getting money, and then to terrified that she would no longer be accepted by Jim. Though Della's emotions change, Della is still static overall. Without being directly stated in the story, it is shown that Della loves Jim in the beginning and also loves him at the end. Della even went to lengths of having her hair cut off in order to please him with a great gift. Throughout the entire story, hints are displayed, telling the reader that Della loves Jim (Henry). A major show of this being that she cut her hair off just to get him a good present. Critic Rena Korb talks about the sacrifice of goods stating, “convey… unselfish sacrifices we make for those we love…. Not sentimental, but universal truth” (“The Gift of the Magi”). Interpreted, this means that people give up things close to themselves in order to please people they love. Everybody does it, so nobody can say that they have not, or would not. Della is no different. Also, since there is no concrete proof of these feelings, it leads to the realization that there is indirect characterization and also sort of shows that the story is not driven to characterize the people. “The Gift of the Magi” is a plot driven story, not a character driven one (“The Gift of the

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Essay about Analysis of O'Henry's Short Story, The Gift of the Magi

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O’Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi”
O. Henry’s short story “The Gift of the Magi,” is about a couple who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. The story takes place on Christmas Eve in a furnished apartment at eight dollars a week. I feel that the narrator mocks Jim and Della for being poor. “It did not beggar description, but it certainly had that word on the lookout for the mendicancy squad.” (O. Henry 165). Della and Jim’s income shrunk from thirty dollars a week to twenty dollars a week causing them a great deal of financial problems. They both are troubled that Christmas is tomorrow and they cannot afford to buy each other a nice gift. Jim’s gold watch and Della’s hair play an important…show more content…

Della got the idea of selling her hair to get the money for Jim’s gift. She came across a store called “Mme. Sofronie. Hair Goods of All Kinds” and cut and sold her hair for twenty dollars. Della ransacked the stores hastily, finally she found a gift that was made for Jim and no one else. She bought him a platinum fob chain for twenty-one dollars to go with his gold watch. She compared the chain to Jim, Quietness and value and saying the chain was even worthy of The Watch. Jim is Della’s husband. He is twenty-two, slim and works long, hard hours for barely any money. Jim brings home twenty-dollars a week and can barely pay his bills. The only place they can afford to live in is a furnished eight dollar a week apartment with a shabby couch. The only thing of value in the apartment is Jim’s watch, which belonged to his father and his grandfather. Jim took a mighty pride to his watch. Had King Solomon been the janitor, with all his treasures piled up in the basement, Jim would have pulled out his watch every time he passed, just to see him pluck at his beard from envy. When Jim arrived home and seen that Della chopped off her long hair the only thing he could do is stare at Della with a peculiar expression on his face. Jim sold his worthy possession The Watch to be able to buy the combs Della worshipped for a long time, knowing she would never get the combs because it was very expensive. Jim sugessted they put away their

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