Smith 1 Devin Smith Mrs. Vedula Engl. 1102 11 April 2018 The Theme In today’s world, love is something that everybody feels at least once in their life, but there are many different meanings of love. One can have love for their favorite show that they watch every day, while another person can have love for their pet or a materialistic item. The most common love is for a person which can be either be scary or the greatest thing in the world. In “The Gift of the Magi”, by O. Henry, the common themes throughout the story are love, wealth, and sacrifice. Henry uses symbolism, setting, tone, and irony to support the theme. “One dollar and eighty- seven cents” (Magi) is the first sentence and this explains how wealthy Della and Jim are. The next day is Christmas and that is how much money Della has for a gift. Jim makes twenty dollars a week and rent is thirty dollars a month so he does not have enough money for a gift either. To show their love, they get rid of their most valuable possessions so that they can exchange gifts for each other on Christmas morning. The magi are a group of men who give Jesus the first Christmas gift. In this story, Jim and Della are representative of the magi because they exchange the gifts to one another. However, there is a big difference between the magi and Jim and Della. The magi are a group of wealthy kings who are able to give gifts to Jesus. On the other hand, Jim and Della are poor common folk who sacrifice their prize possessions in order to purchase a gift for each other. Henry says their sacrifices make their gifts more valuable and meaningful. These sacrifices go
Smith 2 along with the theme of love because they both know that to love a person is doing whatever it takes to make them happy and show that you care. The grey cat that Della owns symbolizes
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