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 quotes mentioned in the story, “ Dell” said he, “let’s put our Christmas presents away and keep ‘em a while. They’re too nice to use just at present. I sold the watch to get the money to buy your combs. And now suppose you put the chops on.” 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.
             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. In the story there are numerous times that through the author’s usage of words one would automatically know that the theme trying to be implied would be significant. 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’t look at me that way, I had my hair cut off and sold it because I couldn’t have lived through Christmas without giving you a present…” “Don’t make any mistake, Dell” he

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