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Running Head: THE GIFT OF THE MAGIThe Gift of the MagiName:Institution:Professor:Course:Date:
THE GIFT OF THE MAGI2The gift of the Magi is a short story published in 1905 by William Sydney Porter, alsoknown as, O. Henry. The story is based on a situational parable of the Magi also known as thethree wise men who visited Jesus carrying gifts. This story is full of drama and evident mutuallove shown by self-sacrifice from both the wife and husband, Della and Jim. Unselfish love is thecenter of this piece, shown by how the wife and husband sells what they have and hold to sodearly in order to afford the other a Christmas gift. Della sells her beautiful long hair for twentydollars in order to purchase Jim, her husband, a chain for holding his watch. Jim, on the otherhand, sells his watch that he inherited from the grandfather in order to get Della, his wife,expensive combs made of pure tortoise shell [Wil97].