Gift Of The Magi Irony

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“And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house” (O. Henry 102). This quote is taken from the short story “The Gift of the Magi” by O.Henry. This story features the two characters, Della and Jim. This story is about Della and Jim selling something significant to them to buy something nice for each other for Christmas. Possessions are not everything when it comes to love. Irony is a major influence for the theme of “The Gift of the Magi.” Irony is when something happens that is the opposite of what one would expect. This story goes nicely with the idea of irony because the characters go out of their way to purchase an admirable gift for one another, only to find out they could not use the new presents due to the sacrifices they made for each other. “I sold the watch to get the money to buy your combs” (O.Henry 102). Della had bought Jim a very beautiful, very pricey accessory to his watch which he sold to obtain gorgeous combs…show more content…
Symbol is a person, place, or thing that has a deeper meaning. Della’s hair and Jim’s watch have a deeper meaning that helps strengthen the theme. “the set of combs, side and back, that Della had worshiped for long in a Broadway window” (O.Henry, 102). This quote shows that Della’s hair is more than just hair, it is one of the treasures of the house and is very valuable. O.Henry said, “Had King Solomon been the janitor, with all his treasure 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” (99). Jim’s watch is also very valuable in their household. These objects are exceedingly important to the characters. Even so, they sold the items in order to buy each other a gift. This shows that those possessions weren’t the most important things when it came to their

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