The gift of the magi

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The Gift of the Magi 2.

  • Author
  • Story
  • Summary
  • Plot
  • Setting and Structure
  • Point of view
  • Characters of the story
  • Style, Tone, Mood
  • Theme
  • Literacy devices
  • Reflection
  • Discussion

3. Author

  • O. Henry (1862-1910)
  • The pen name: O. Henry
  • A short story writer
  • Best known for his surprise endings and twists.
  • Coining the term banana republic

4. Story

  • One of O. Henry's most famous story.
  • His short collection of short stories.
  • Anthologized many times since then

5. Summary

  • Mr. and Mrs. James Dillingham Young
  • Not having enough money to buy a gift for each other on Christmas
  • Two precious things: the watch of Jim and Della's long hair
  • Selling their precious things to buy gifts

6. PlotIntroduction Rising action Climax Falling action Resolution 7.

  • Setting
  • In New York City in a very modest apartment
  • In a hair shop down the street from the apartment
  • Structure
  • Follow the order oftimeandspace
  • Point of view
  • Third person

8. Characters of the story

  • Major Character
    • Della
      • A young woman
      • A very supportive woman
      • A great wife
      • A considerate wife
      • Static character


    • Jim
      • A poor young man
      • Having great love for his wife
      • Static character
  • Minor Character: Madam Sofronie
  • Style
  • Basically breaking grammar rules.
  • Depending on latter sentences to understand previous sentences
  • Emphasizing on the money.


  • Mood
  • Sympathized
  • Sad
  • Moved
  • Tone
  • Sympathized
  • Sad

11. Theme

  • Beauty
  • Giving
  • Family
  • Love
  • Money
  • Sacrifice
  • Wisdom

12. Literacy devices

  • Assonance
  • Alliteration
  • Metaphor
  • Hyperbole
  • Personification
  • Simile
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Rhythm

13. Three: the Magic Number

  • Characters

Counting money sobs,sniffles, andsmilesspices, gold, and jewelsa grey cat walking a grey fence in a greybackyardThe grocer and the vegetable man and the butchera haircut or a shave or a shampoo SuddenserioussweetnessJim's gold watch, Della's hair, and the love Jim and Della share 14. Reflection The most precious gift is the gift from the heart .Sincerity and unselfishness in love are much more precious than anything else in this world The wisest for t heir sacrifice for each other went beyond the limits. 15. In your opinion, who are the magi in this story? Why? If you were Della/Jim, what would you do? What is the wisest gift to give to the one that you love?Why? Do you think the gifts they gave each other, at last, were meaningless? Disscusion 16. Thank you for your listening!