Another literary element used is metaphor, which is a comparison between two unlike things that share similar qualities. This would be the comparison between Della and Jim and the Magi.Another literary element used would be the allusion, by the author, which would be a reference to a well-known person, event, piece of literature or a place. The title would be a Biblical allusion to the Magi, because on the night of Christ’s birth the three wise men who traveled a great distance, gave him the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. So in this allusion, Jim and Della represent the three wise men, by giving each other the gift of love, even though their presents have no use any longer.
Explain how the elements/techniques illustrate the theme and conflict expressed in the story.The literacy elements illustrate the conflict and the theme in the store by showing the reference of the three wise men, to be able to give the gifts to each other even though Jim and Della are poor. The story shows that Jim and Della may be poor but they are rich in love.Reference:Clugston, R.W. (2014). Journey into literature (2nded.)[Electronic version]. Retrieved from
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