“The Gift Of The Magi”
Literary Reflection on “The Gift Of Magi”
“Insert quote on love”
No matter what struggles you have, love will find a way to solve them. I read The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. The story made me feel warm and fuzzy inside and make me realize how grateful I am for what I have. It made me realize the extents that love will bring people. I think the author wrote this not just to portray s heart felt Christmas story, but to portray “the true meaning of Christmas”. At the end of the story the narrator explains that the wise men, or magi, brought gift to baby Jesus, with therefore made the tradition of giving gifts on christmas. Obviously since these wise men were wise they obviously gave wise gifts. Della and Jim unwisely sacrificed precious parts of their lives, but since they gave from the heart, they are wise.
The story follows along a woman named Della. Della is poor and cant afford a christmas present for her husband Jim. All she had $1.87.
One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty- seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas. [The Gift Of Magi]
Della decides that to get money for Jim’s present she will sell her hair. The lady who buys hair offers Della $20 and Della accepts. She looked everywhere for Jim’s present after that. Finally she finds it... a chain for his watch. When Jim gets home he also has a present for Della. To get the money for Della’s present Jim sells his watch. When they exchange presents Jim gives Della combs for her hair. They both let love take over and sacrifice the most important things to them for the other, only to find out that the other did the same thing
Love can make you do the craziest things. The Gift Of The Magi made me think about how thankful I am for what I have, especially during the christmas season. This story really shows how hard Christmas is for people that don't have as much money. The fact that love can make someone do things as big as getting rid of the most important things to them so they can get someone for their lover is crazy. When I first started reading this I was just thinking of which story seems the easiest to read and the least creepy. I was soon to find out that not only was it a good story, but it also taught some really important lessons. The story of love between people who don't have much makes for people do feel really warm and fuzzy. Love makes these people do crazy things but it doesn’t seem that crazy to them. Personally I can’t relate to the issues that were faced in this story, but I’m am a very empathetic person so I really felt the struggles these people were facing. I felt really bad for them and I wish that I could have done something to help them. The Gift Of The Magi may be a short story, but the lessons and emotions are huge.