“Gift of the Magi” Analysis Chart.pdf

Plot but in a last word to the wise of these days let

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Plot “But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. Of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi.” It doesn’t matter that their presents are useless, they care deeply and truly and that makes them the wisest people of all.
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Point of View "Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating" Its third person limited omniscient, so it’s in third person but you know what Della is feeling and thinking. Also has a wide view of the world. Irony “"You say your hair is gone?" he said, with an air almost of idiocy. "You needn't look for it," said Della. "It's sold, I tell you—sold and gone, too…. For there lay The Combs—the set of combs, side and back, that Della had worshipped for long in a Broadway window. She sells her hair to buy him a chain for his watch, he sells his watch to buy her a comb to hold up her hair. Allusion “Had the Queen of Sheba lived in the flat across the airshaft, Della would have let her hair hang out of the window some day to dry just to depreciate Her Majesty's jewels and gifts.” Mentions the Queen of Sheba in order to emphasize the fact that her hair is so beautiful, it would put a queen’s jewels to shame.
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