The Gift of Magi and Its Background Essay

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The Gift of the Magi and its Background
Mindy Phillips
Introduction to Literature ENG125
Instructor Julie Alfaro
January 21st, 2013

In my paper I am going to be describing the short story The Gift of the Magi. Throughout my paper I am going to describe what I feel is the theme of the story itself. I will also be explaining and identifying symbolism used and described in the story, as well as talking about the point of view that the narrator used in the story. Finally, I will be describing how the literary elements affect the narrators theme. The Gift of the Magi, is a short story written by O Henry, in this short story is the true meaning of love and the importance it is to show your loved ones how much they mean to you and how
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I believe that throughout the story there was a lot of symbolism that was used. Just to name a couple that I feel is very important part of the story would be Della’s hair, and Jim’s watch. These are very important to each other and would be considered their most prized possessions. I feel like they both use their own item to symbolize love. They took it upon themselves to sell their prized possessions in order to be able to purchase the gift for each other for Christmas. They had to sell these in order to have enough money and to be able to financially purchase the perfect gif they had found each other. This shows the real love they had for each other, and also shows unselfish love. The point of view this short story was told in was third-person limited omniscient. This point of view is used when the thoughts and feelings throughout the story is focused on one of the characters instead of more than one. After reading, The Gift of the Magi, I think that the narrator uses various literary elements to help the reader better understand what the theme of the story is really about. I believe that Della and Jim shows what love, generosity, and materialism is really about during this story. The author’s main character he created was of beauty and emotion. Della appears to be very selfless in the short story. She is not concerned about herself, but only concerned about her husband. I believe that the author goes into very good detail about

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