The Gift Of The Magi By O. Henry Essay

854 Words Nov 16th, 2016 4 Pages
Short and Sweet The short story “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry, was published in December of 1905. In only a few pages, William Sydney Porter, under his pen name O. Henry, composes a magical story of love and sacrifice. Both characters are willing to give up what they love most for the person they love. O. Henry shows his excellence as a writer in “The Gift of the Magi” with his plot, use of irony, and his theme of love. According to Emily Wenstrom from “The Write Practice”, there are a few elements that are key to writing a successful short story (Wenstrom). Wenstrom states that a short story gets right to the heart of the conflict (Wenstrom). O. Henry does this by stating the conflict in the first two lines, “One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all” (O. Henry). The main conflict for Della, the main character, is the fact that she has a very limited amount of money to buy her husband, Jim, a present for Christmas. Another element Wenstrom suggests is that the climax is efficiently built up to (Wenstrom). O. Henry builds up to the climax very efficiently and everything he writes is relevant to the climax. He describes all the effort Della goes through to get Jim the gift he deserves. She goes to a hair goods store and has her hair lopped off for twenty dollars. She then went around “ransacking the stores for Jim 's present” (O. Henry).
Wenstrom also includes having a clear conclusion as a criteria (Wenstrom). After having searched the town and having coming…

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