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The Gift of the Magi study set
Terms in this set (14)
she only had $1.87 to buy her husband a Christmas gift
What is O. Henry's tone or attitude toward his subject matter Jim and Della?
Tender, but also playful, understanding, amused, sympathetic
How does O. Henry find life?
A little sad- "...life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles prdominating."
What simile is used to describe Della's hair?
"So now Dell's beautiful hair fell about her, rippling and shining like a cascade of brown waters."
What is the theme of this story?
The best gifts are those of love and sacrifice; it stresses unselfish love.
Explain the irony of the ending.
Each chose to sell the possession that was the focus of the other's gift, thereby ruining the gifts.
O'Henry calls Della and Jim "foolish," but he also says, "These two were the wisest." What does he mean?
foolish because they sell the possessions most valuable to them; yet they are wise in their generosity and seflessness; they put their love before everything else because they find love to be the most precious gift.
Loving, caring, unselfish, prayerful, playful
Describe the setting.
poor flat owned by a couple. Time-day before christmas.
What is the main conflict?
della wants to buy Jim something for Christmas but she only has $1.87
What is the climax?
the climax is when Della gives Jim the watch chain, only to discover he sold his watch as she sold her hair.
What is the point of view?
3rd Person Limited
What is Della's most valuable possession?
What is the situational irony in this literature?
They both sold their prize possession to get something for the other's prize possession.
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