different are they? Someone may give you an answer, but it will be wrong. The magi brought valuable gifts, but that was not among them. My meaning will be explained soon.” The gift that the magi did not bring was love or a gift given out of love. The last paragraph really summarizes the importance of Jim and Della's story and offers a deeper meaning to this lighthearted tale. The narrator discusses who the magi are, “The magi, as you know, were wise men—wonderfully wise men— who brought gifts to the newborn Christ- child. They were the first to give Christmas gifts. Being wise, their gifts were doubtless wise ones. “ With this definition you would expect the narrator to say that Della and Jim were not wise with their gift giving. The narrator might've said that they made some poor choices about what to give each other, but that is the opposite. The narrator states, “Of all who give gifts, these two were the most wise. Of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are the most wise.
Bender 5 Everywhere they are the wise ones. They are the magi.” The narrator believes that Della and Jim are wise because they gave their gifts out of love and sacrifice. The couple were so concerned on getting a gift for the other that they were willing to give up something greatly important to them. O. Henry tells a lighthearted and entertaining story about a poverty stricken couple who just want to buy each other the perfect Christmas gift. Henry uses multiple themes to help support the story and the characters. The major themes in this story is love and sacrifice. Henry gives multiple examples on how much Della and Jim love each other. It is evident through their actions in the story that they are willing to give anything for each other. Despite everything that has happened during the story the important thing is that the love that Della and Jim share. That is the most important thing of all.
Bender 6 Works Cited Henry, O. “The Gift of the Magi.” The Gift of the Magi , pp. 1–6, americanenglish.state.gov/files/ae/resource_files/1-the_gift_of_the_magi_0.pdf. McManus, Dermot. "The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry." The Sitting Bee . The Sitting Bee, 30 Apr. 2016. Web.