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Tungkulin at Gamit ng Wikang Filipino

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Transcript of Tungkulin at Gamit ng Wikang Filipino

The Gift of the Magi is a well-known short story by American short story writer O. Henry, the pen name of William Sydney Porter. The story first appeared in The New York Sunday World on December 10, 1905 and was later published in O. Henry's collection The Four Million on April 10, 1906.
The Gift of the Magi
Narrator's Point of View
Plot Summary
Group 4
The story tells of a young married couple, James, known as Jim, and Della Dillingham. The couple has very little money and lives in a modest apartment. Between them, they have only two possessions that they consider their treasures: Jim's gold pocket watch that belonged to his father and his grandfather, and Della's lustrous, long hair that falls almost to her knees.
The narrator is “the technique that writers use to create a particular point of view from which they will tell the story, present the actions, and shape the readers' responses” (Gillespie 927). The narrator can be omniscient, meaning that they do not take part in the action, but know everything that happens in the story and what the characters are thinking. The narrator can also tell a story from the first-person point of view, meaning that the participate in the story and tell it from one point of view.
ANALYSIS: NARRATOR POINT OF VIEW
Who is the narrator, can she or he read minds, and, more importantly, can we trust her or him?
Stories:
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
and
On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One April Morning by Haruki Murakami

Focus: Point of View
Plot Summary
It's Christmas Eve, and Della finds herself running out of time to buy Jim a Christmas present. After paying all of the bills, all Della has left is $1.87 to put toward Jim's Christmas present. Desperate to find him the perfect gift, out she goes into the cold December day, looking in shop windows for something she can afford.
Plot Summary
She wants to buy Jim a chain for his pocket watch, but they're all out of her price range. Rushing home, Della pulls down her beautiful hair and stands in front of the mirror, admiring it and thinking. After a sudden inspiration, she rushes out again and has her hair cut to sell. Della receives $20.00 for selling her hair, just enough to buy the platinum chain she saw in a shop window for $21.00.
Plot Summary
She wants to buy Jim a chain for his pocket watch, but they're all out of her price range. Rushing home, Della pulls down her beautiful hair and stands in front of the mirror, admiring it and thinking. After a sudden inspiration, she rushes out again and has her hair cut to sell. Della receives $20.00 for selling her hair, just enough to buy the platinum chain she saw in a shop window for $21.00.
Plot Summary
When Jim comes home from work, he stares at Della, trying to figure out what's different about her. She admits that she sold her hair to buy his present. Before she can give it to him, however, Jim casually pulls a package out of his overcoat pocket and hands it to her. Inside, Della finds a pair of costly decorative hair combs that she'd long admired, but are now completely useless since she's cut off her hair. Hiding her tears, she jumps up and holds out her gift for Jim: the watch chain. Jim shrugs, flops down onto the old sofa, puts his hands behind his head and tells Della flatly that he sold his watch to buy her combs.
Plot Summary
The story ends with a comparison of Jim and Della's gifts to the gifts that the Magi, or three wise men, gave to Baby Jesus in the manger in the biblical story of Christmas. The narrator concludes that Jim and Della are far wiser than the Magi because their gifts are gifts of love, and those who give out of love and self-sacrifice are truly wise because they know the value of self-giving love.
Technically, the story seems to be third person limited omniscient. It's told in the third-person, and only follows Della. We don't see what Jim is doing during the story, and once he does show up, he remains closed to us: we don't know what his reaction to Della's hair is any more than Della does.

We can't be entirely satisfied with this classification, though, because the narrator has such an independent personality and seems to know a lot more than Della does at times. He's "The Storyteller." It's as if he sees everything, but usually limits himself to Della's point of view by choice for storytelling purposes. If the narrator described everything that were going on, he'd ruin the surprise ending.
This story is about the strangeness of the idea of true love. What are the odds we will ever meet ‘the one’ if there is only one. How would we know if we did meet them?
On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One April Morning
Plot Summary
This story is an extraordinary love story of sorts, in which a man passes a woman he instantly recognizes as his perfect match on the street. He tries to think of what to say to her to have even a moment of her time, but the idea only comes to him by the time she's lost in a crowd. The protagonist constructs a story (within the story) in his head that he would have told her, in which two lovers who were perfect for one meet each other in passing, and promise to confirm the fact the next time they meet. In it they go their separate ways, but each suffers from accident-derived memory loss, and can't remember anything about the other.
Plot Summary
They may have passed each other millions of times since then, but would have never known, and lived out their lives without ever making contact again. One final day they pass one another, and even though they feel that they're perfect for one another deep down in their hearts, it's too far for them to grasp, and "Without a word, they passed each other, disappearing into the crowd. Forever." The story abruptly cuts off soon after that, with nothing gained and seemingly everything lost.
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