The Gift of the Magi | Study Guide

O. Henry

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f all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi. Narrator Sources: Cheap Rooms and Restless Hearts: A Study of Formulain the Urban Tales of William Sydney Porter by Karen C. Blansfield,Encyclopaedia Britannica, Copyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc. The Magi Represent the selflessness of Jim and Della Jim’s Watch Symbolizes the pricelessness of Jim’s love for Della Della’s Hair Represents the sacrifice Della made out of love Symbols Della Young Young woman deeply in love with her husband, Jim, and worried about how to get him a Christmas present with no money; sells her long, flowing hair to buy him a watch chain Jim Young Handsome young man very much in love with his wife, Della, and worried about getting her a Christmas present because they are so poor; sells his pocket watch to buy her hair combs Main Characters William Sidney Porter lived a colorful life. He wrote some of his most popular stories under the pseudonym O. Henry while serving time in prison for embezzlement. One of his best-known works, “The Gift of the Magi” was written on a short deadline and features a twist ending typical of O. Henry’s stories. O. HENRY1862–1910 Author Jim and Della learn about the sacrifices each made for the other. Exchanging Presents To get each other gifts, Della sells her hair, and Jim sells his watch. Selling Prized Possessions Jim and Della love each other but have no money for Christmas presents. No Money Jim and Della are in love but poor. They have two prized possessions: Della’s beautiful hair and Jim’s heirloom watch. As Christmas approaches, they wonder how to buy presents for each other. Their generous and unexpected solutions surprise each other and the reader. The Gift of Love OVERVIEW English Original Language 1905 Year Published O. Henry Author The Gift of the Magi Drama Short Story

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