The Gift Of The Magi
In the story “The Gift Of The Magi” by O. Henry, I think that the author mainly used three of the seven elements. The three elements that I thought he, O. Henry, put to great use in this short story were plot, theme, and tone. The other four elements were used as well, but were weak.
When talking about the author and how he worked the plot with the story, the plot did in fact seem contrived. The plot was very manageable and held the interest of the reader. This is because of certain situations in the story, where two people sold their prized possessions to give someone whom they cared for a gift, but then found out in the end that it was for nothing, because they had both bought something useful for one another’s prized possession. This particular situation did not rely on coincidence nor chance. The reason for this is because of these q
uotes mentioned in the story, " Dell" said he, "let"tms put our Christmas presents away and keep "em a while. They"tmre too nice to use just at present. Through all the supports mentioned, I believe that plot, theme, and tone out of all seven elements made a difference in the story, rather than the other four (elements). For example this conversation with the two main characters clearly showed that there was either care or love between them, "Jim darling," she cried, "don"tmt look at me that way, I had my hair cut off and sold it because I couldn"tmt have lived through Christmas without giving you a present"" "Don"tmt make any mistake, Dell" he said, " about me. When dealing with this short story and the element theme, it mostly deals with an important aspect of life, which is loving or caring for another person. The last element, which was the tone the writer used in the story, would be ironic. The tone was not anything near passionate but inclined more towards being ironic. And now suppose you put the chops on. In conclusion plot primarily holds the interest of the reader which makes this element essential to the short story. The author had just wrote a brief paragraph on how he had lamely related to the reader that the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. I don"tmt think there"tms anything in the way of a haircut or a shave or a shampoo that could make me like my girl any less"" Through even a portion of this conversation, It displayed that the theme of the short story was leaning more towards meaningful aspects in our lives rather than entertainment. " This quote explains how they fell into the situation that they both bought presents for one another, but buying the presents ended up being pointless. I sold the watch to get the money to buy your combs. ------------------------------------------------------------------------Bibliographyliterature book. I came to the assumption that it was ironic because it was everything but mocking, cynical, and bemused.