Running head: LITERARY THEME 1 The Gift of the Magi: Literary Theme Leanne Almon ENG125: Introduction to Literature Professor Sahag Gureghian September 20, 2014
LITERARY THEME 2 The Gift of the Magi: Literary Theme Literature has many elements that either grab your attention or drives you to boredom. These elements shape the story and the theme in which the reader takes way the lesson that is to be learned or the symbolism that the story makes about life. In the short story, The Gift of the Magi, by O. Henry, there is a lesson here that the world should receive from this short story, it’s the thought that counts when it comes to giving presents, not the money or what you will receive from doing it. The point-of-view, characters and the setting all contribute to the theme of the story, which is the true love that to people share and the sacrifices they would make for each other. The point of view in this story changes from third person to second person. The author knows a few things about the characters, but does not go into details on their emotions and thoughts through the story. He also uses the second person point-of-view, “O. Henry enters into a conversation with us, the readers” (New York University, n.d., para. 4) to draw the reader into the story just a little more. He states that one might have seen a pier-shaped glass before or that they
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