Popular in Course
verified elite notetaker
Popular in Department
This 0 page Study Guide was uploaded by Experthelper Notetaker on Friday November 6, 2015. The Study Guide belongs to a course at a university taught by a professor in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 16 views.
Reviews for ENG125-Assignment WK2
Report this Material
What is Karma?
Karma is the currency of StudySoup.
You can buy or earn more Karma at anytime and redeem it for class notes, study guides, flashcards, and more!
Date Created: 11/06/15
Running Head HEARTWARMING THEME Heartwarming Theme of The Gift of The Magi Jennifer Robinson ENG 125 Introduction to Literature Instructor Alessandra Cusimano June 24 2013 HEARTWARMING THEME 2 Heartwarming Theme of The Gift of The Magi Most great stories have a list of ingredients that hook a reader and keep them wanting more Some of those ingredients are con ict climax suspense and strong characters All of these things can be found in The Gift of the Magi along with a theme that will warm the heart of the most ornery person on earth 0 Henry paints a vibrant picture of love and sacrificing for another being stronger than your own selfish needs and wants which is a theme that resonates with a lot of people This story draws you in from the very start The Gift of the Magi has everything that a great story is comprised of a heartwarming theme with a plot that pulls you in and characters that you feel connected to and root for The main themes prevalent in this story are sacrifice and love which are both more precious than any material thing that one can possess 0 Henry gives us an open view of the young couple39s lives by showing some of the struggles that they go through We learn that Jim and Della are a husband and wife living in a rented room in New York They are quite poor and recently Jim has had his salary cut back to only 20 a week from the 30 a week he used to make After rent and groceries the couple hardly have any money left Morgan 1999 We also learn that even though they do not have much they each have one thing that they treasure more than anything in the world For Della it was her hair and for Jim it was a pocket watch that had been passed down through generations The story opening confronts us with a major dilemma right away Della only has 187 to buy a Christmas present for Jim and it is already Christmas Eve The narrator spells out Jim and Della s financial situation and tells us that Della loves her husband more than anything else in HEARTWARMING THEME 3 the whole world and she is dead set on getting him the perfect Christmas present As the plot thickens we are told about the couples prized possessions 0 Henry sets up an intriguing plot Heartwarming Theme of The Gift of The Magi that you just have to let unfold be for your eyes The plot draws you not only with an amazing theme but with eloquent word play for example the author writes Had the queen of Sheba4 lived in the at across the airshaft Della would have let her hair hang out the window some day to dry just to depreciate Her Majesty s jewels and gifts Had King Solomon5 been the janitor with all his treasures piled up in the basement Jim would have pulled out his watch every time he passed just to see him pluck at his beard from envy as cited in Clugston 2010 section 53 para 9 The authors39 word choices help the reader to understand just how precious these possessions were to the couple Not only does the plot show the them of sacrifice and love but the characters both epitomize the theme Della is willing to go to the ends of the earth to find the perfect gift for her husband and she almost does The author writes She found it at last It surely had been made for Jim and no one else There was no other like it in any of the stores and she had turned all of them inside out as cited in Clugston 2010 section 53 We learn later in the story that just like his wife Jim had wanted to get Della a gift that re ected how much he loved and adored her These are both two characters that you root for and are happy when they succeed They also show the pure definition of true love and sacrificing for your love one This story is irony at its best but in the end the narrator tells us that it does not matter that Jim and Della39s presents turned out to be useless They are the wisest givers of all because they unwisely sacrificed for each other It is the characters love that makes you root for them and feel HEARTWARMING THEME 4 a connection to along With a plot that evolves as the story goes on and a heartwarming theme that make you Wish that The Gift of the Magi was a 300 page book because it has everything that a great story is comprised of References Clugston R W 2010 Journey into Literature San Diego CA Bridgepoint Education Inc Retrieved from httpscontentashfordedubooksAUENG125 102 Morgan J 1999 Synopsis of The Gift of the Magi Saturday Evening Post 279646105 Retrieved from httpWebebscohostcomproxy1ibraryashfordeduehost
Are you sure you want to buy this material for
You're already Subscribed!
Looks like you've already subscribed to StudySoup, you won't need to purchase another subscription to get this material. To access this material simply click 'View Full Document'