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O. Henry

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O. Henry

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Short Story



Perspective and Narrator

"The Gift of the Magi" is told by a third-person omniscient narrator, primarily providing insights into Della's thoughts.


"The Gift of the Magi" is told in the past tense.

About the Title

"The Gift of the Magi" refers to the gifts the biblical wise men, or magi, bestowed on the infant Jesus after his birth. In a broader sense, the title of the story alludes to the wisest gift people can give to each other to show love—the giving of oneself, rather than something money can buy.


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