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Literary Devices: The Gift of the Magi

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Kessie Wright

on 15 October 2015

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Transcript of Literary Devices: The Gift of the Magi

The irony of the story is when Jim gave Della her present and they were combs for the hair that she had sold.
Plot Development
Della only has $1.87 to buy her husband a Christmas present and she is heartbroken.
Rising Action:
Della sells her hair to buy a chain for her husband Jim, to match his watch for Christmas.
Jim found out Della sold her hair to get him a chain for his watch.
Falling Action:
Della found out Jim sold his watch to buy her combs for her hair.
The poor couple sold the greatest treasures in their house to give gifts. They are the wise magi.

Theme and Quote
The theme of this short story is that it doesn't matter what the gift is, but more the sentimental value that comes with it. We believe this is the theme because on the text it states, "They (the Magi) invented the the art of giving Christmas presents. Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones."
We believe that the tone of "The Gift of the Magi" is sincere and loving.
The symbol of the story is the Magi.
Point of View
The point of view of The Gift of the Magi is third person omniscient because the person narrates the thoughts of both characters in the story.
By: Kessie, Karla, and Jared
An example of foreshadowing is when Della asked for Jim's watch and he didn't answer her, it led us to think he had sold the watch.
Figurative Language
In this short story both characters are the protagonist. There is no antagonist.
"Jim stopped inside the door as immovable as a setter at the scent of a quail."
"The next two hours tripped by on rosy wings."
"...her heart had simply craved and yearned over them without the least hope of possession."
"Beautiful combs, pure tortoise shell, with jeweled rims.."
" .....I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed the greatest treasures of their house. They are the magi."

Main Conflict
The main conflict of the story that Della and Jim each don't have money to buy presents so they both sell their prized possessions to get each other gifts, only to find out they bought each other gifts that go with the items they sold.
External Conflict
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