The story opens on Christmas Eve, and we find Della fretting in despair as the time ticks away for her to buy her husband Jim a worthy Christmas present. He had an expressionless face with something in his eyes that was difficult for Della to read. Her beautiful hair is like a brown waterfall which she sells for 20 dollars. Unusually late, Jim walks in and immediately stops short at the sight of Della, who had previously prayed that she was still pretty to Jim. It's Christmas Eve, and Della finds herself running out of time to buy Jim a Christmas present.
That's what makes for an engaging storyline that keeps us hooked. It is not the most wonderful, but the most delightful tree of any Christmas any where? The Latins called them wise men, the Persians called them Magi. Their other treasure is Jim's gold watch. Henry, the pen name of William Sydney Porter. The narrator then tells the reader that Della and Jim are the wisest gift givers of all. Jim sits back on the couch and smiles, then admits that he sold his watch in order to buy the combs. Jim continues to stare, and Della repeats that her hair is gone—but that her love for him is immeasurable.
In this classic example of irony, O. Della coveted the hair combs without the least hope of possession, and now that they were hers, she couldn't use them. The twins both believe the sacrifice is the greatest gift of all, leaving Angelica in bitter Christmas spirits until she returns the original gifts. However, abstract ideas are often difficult for students to anatomize without assistance. It takes place at Christmas time and tells the story of Jim and Della Dillingham, a poor, young married couple who don't have enough money to buy each other Christmas gifts. Jim and Della are thinking about the present moment and the material possessions that give us pleasure.
Della goes over to the mirror and lets her hair down from its pins. Even amid poverty, love can find a way to express itself. Sometimes not even enough food! So, at last she decides to sell the best gift she has. Jim gives Della her present — an assortment of combs, useless now that her hair is shortened. He unwrapped the watch chain, and she asked if she could attach it to his watch.
The students always appreciate reviewing such a strong theme during a season of love and sharing. He just gave an incomprehensible expression which made Della cry out and explain him that she had to sell off her hair to buy him a gift. Her hair is one of the couple's great treasures; it is thick and tumbles to her knees. She felt a kind of fear and quickly told Jim that he must not be angry. Unusually late, Jim walks in and immediately stops short at the sight of Della, who had previously prayed that she was still pretty to Jim. Madame Sofronie offers her twenty dollars. Identify literary devices used by each author to engage his reader in the protagonists' plight.
Love, another French movie, based some of its scenes on this story. It's something their spouse really wants more than anything - but would not expect to receive as a gift. Having less than three dollars in each of their pockets, they each make a great sacrifice in order to purchase the perfect gift for one another. The use of syntax creates a sense of urgency and defeat, generating a negative atmosphere and establishing the tone of valuation and cost. Falling Action They decide to put their gifts away until they can both use them.
Henry also establishes that discovery can be a multifaceted experience as throughout the process the characters undergo a wide range of emotional experiences. Instead she feels that he deserves the very best in order to be 'just a little bit near to being worthy of the honor of being owned by Jim'. Jim suggests that they put the presents away and have dinner. When Della finds a watch chain for Jim's watch, she describes it as possessing 'quietness and value. This article provides a summary of The Gift of Magi by O Henry. Which means that they must be the magi.
This aside provides comic relief, indicative of an air of humour associated with the intensity of financial woe. He published his first story in 1904, following a history of fleeing from the law for embezzlement charges. I'm me without my hair, ain't I? A common activity for students is to create a of the events from a story. They never expect their actions will have an entirely different outcome: that their gifts are essentially unusable. As The Gift of the Magi unfolds, both sell their most prized possession to pay for a gift for the other.