“The Gift of the Magi” Expository Essay
The author O.Henry portrayed the message of how the giving of gifts requires a lot of hard work, and also incessant searching to find the perfect gift for either your friend, or family. And the gifts will usually require you to sacrifice something special to you, either it be money or a valued possession. A gift doesn’t always have to be physical, maybe if you just cut a little time off work and spent it with your friends, it could be the best gift they might have ever received. A true gift is something that will actually impact a person’s life, it will create a connection between you and the receiver. There is a quote that I really like, and usually fits most scenarios, “The greatest gift is a portion of thyself,” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. This means that best gift you could possibly give will always come from within you. Suppose you’re looking for a gift at a store, and you suddenly come across something that catches your eye. Inside, you will know that this is the gift that you have been looking for. A good gift doesn’t have to cost much at all, and I can say that from personal experience. About half a year ago, when I moved from Houston, I promised my best friend I would find us something that represented our friendship. And While I was on vacation in India, I found just that. Simple enough, it was just a statue of a shark holding a sign that said, “No fishing,” on it. This would only make sense because we had an inside joke based on the saying “There are many other fish in the sea,” and that males would be the sharks. My only problem is that I have to go to Houston to give it to him. But I am sure when he sees the present, his eyes will light up and it will bring back a lot of memories. Another quote that I am passionate about is “Change always comes bearing gifts,” – Price Pritchett. I can apply this quote to my life to every time when things were different. For example, when I moved to Nigeria, it bared many gifts for...
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