Instructor: David Makhanlall
November 7, 2011
Themes: The Gift of Magi
It is always great to read stories where the author is able to show love between two characters. “The Gift of Magi” was a great example of this. This story showed how a couple’s love was so strong between the two, that they were able to give up their most prize possessions for one another. “The Gift of Magi” allows the reader to be able to relate to this love story with a heartwarming theme of love vs. material things.
As a reader reading this story there were a lot of themes or meanings that this story has. A theme: “it is not a statement about a dominant impression or mood; it is not a moral or proposition; it is not the attitude of the writer. Theme is more complex than any of these elements of fiction; it can't be defined in a single word” (Clugston, R.W. (2010). The most important would be showing the limits a person would go for someone that they love, even if it means giving up the most important thing to them. Della, with only $1.87, wanted to make sure that she was able to provide her husband with what she felt would be the best Christmas gift. Della considered her long, brown hair as one of her most prized possessions. But, when it came down to her hair or getting her husband Jim a Christmas gift she did not think twice about cutting it. The twenty dollars that the woman offered her at the hair shop seemed to be just enough for her to be able to purchase the perfect gift.
There were many literary elements that contributed to the theme of this story. The first one would be symbols. There are two main symbols that are represented in this story. This would be Della’s long brown hair and her husband Jim’s gold watch. ." Had the queen of Sheba lived in the flat across the airshaft, Della would have let her hair hang out the window some day to dry just to depreciate Her Majesty's jewels and gifts. Had King Solomon been the...