Literary Analysis Essay

642 Words Apr 28th, 2013 3 Pages
Literary Analysis
Jennifer Marchant
ENG125: Introduction to Literature
Instructor: Jennifer Rupp

Literary Analysis Even though everyone interprets symbolism in a story differently, the literary elements in the story are what help determine the theme. Point of view and symbolism are also factors that affect the theme of a story, as well as how the reader interprets it. The short story, “The Gift of The Magi”, there are several literary elements included in the story that would affect the theme. The overall theme of this particular short story is love.
“…Mr. James Dillingham Young came home and reached his flat above he was called "Jim" and greatly hugged by Mrs. James Dillingham Young, already introduced to you as
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However, in this particular story, “The Gift of the Magi”, the sacrifices and the gifts meant the world to the couple. Not only the symbolic love shown in the story, but the point of view of the story, allows readers to know the thoughts of all characters introduced. It allows the reader to have a better interpretation of what the story is actually about. This story is very clear on the theme. Even though everyone has a different interpretation of the symbolism shown in a story, if the theme is clear, the theme will remain the same, regardless of any interpretation. The literary elements included in a story’s theme helps determine what the story is about. In this particular story, the point of view, which was Third Person Omniscient, allowed readers to know the thoughts of every character. The symbols, which included; the atmosphere, the living conditions of the characters, the color of the cat and the yard it was in, the sacrifices made, as well as the gifts that were given is what clearly made this story, a love story.
“Della finished her cry and attended to her cheeks with the powder rag. She stood by the window and looked out dully at a gray cat walking a gray fence in a gray backyard. Tomorrow would be Christmas Day, and she had only $1.87 with which to buy Jim a present. She had been saving every penny she could for months, with this result” (Clugston, 2010).

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