The Gift of the Magi Essay

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The Gift of the Magi
Ashlee Stevens
ENG125: Introduction to Literature
Amy Sloan
September 10, 2012
Ashford University

The Gift of the Magi The Gift of the Magi was about sacrificial love. The story explained how important it is to be willing to sacrifice for the one that you love. No matter what the circumstance, if a person can unselfishly give of themselves for another, they can experience life in a whole new way. Many people give what is not important to them and makes no difference. I think the term “it’s the thought that counts” has been used to justify just giving anything to a person without actually put your heart and soul into the gift you are giving. O. Henry uses The Gift of the Magi to
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It seemed as if they only had each other. They had “a letter box into which no letter would go, and an electric button from which no mortal finger could coax a ring.” (Clugston, 2010) They don’t send or receive letter or receive visits from anyone. O. Henry uses metaphor to connect the reader to the story with emotion. Before Della stands in the mirror she looks out of the window. She “looked out dully at a gray cat walking a gray fence in a gray backyard.” (Clugston, 2010) The cat and the fence may very well have been gray but the backyard certainly was not really colored gray. This puts the reader in a somber mood. Gray is hardly the color of happiness or excitement.
He also uses metaphor to describe to the reader how great the sacrifices would be for both James and Della. He tells us how fond they are of Della’s hair and James’ watch. “There were two possessions of the James Dillingham Youngs in which they both took a mighty pride. One was Jim’s gold watch. . . The other was Della’s hair.” (Clugston, 2010) Out of everything they owned his watch and her hair were the most valuable to them. He proceeds to compare Della’s hair to the queen of Sheba’s jewels and gifts and James’ watch to King Solomon’s treasures. From the outside looking in, no one else probably would have been as fond of these two

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