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Running head: THE SACRIFICE OF LOVE The Sacrifice of Love Kimberlee A. Patke Colorado Christian University 1
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THE SACRIFICE OF LOVE The Sacrifice of Love When you love someone, you make sacrifices you would never think to make. You give things that you believe will make the other happy. That is exactly what happens in the short story “The Gift of the Magi” (1905) by O. Henry. This story shares how both Della Dillingham Young, the wife, and James Dillingham Young, the husband, more commonly known as Jim, sell their most precious possessions to be able to give Christmas presents to each other. O. Henry paints a picture of love and sacrifice with an ironic twist through the use of setting, mood, characters, and irony. O. Henry introduces the setting that allows the reader to see not only that Della and Jim are poor, but through the stresses of this time of year, Christmas, they are feeling the financial burden. The very first line of the short story is “One dollar and eighty-seven cents” (para. 1) which was all Della could save over the past year in order to buy Jim a Christmas gift. In the third paragraph, the narrator describes the Dillingham’s home as being shabby and rundown. “A furnished flat at $8 per week. It did not exactly beggar description, but it certainly had the word on the look-out for the mendicancy squad.” Living in a not so desirable area, their love is what kept them going. This only added to their desire to gift each other with something special for Christmas. Through the clarity of the setting set by the author, the moods and actions of both
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