Nazario Haut Mr. SchwartzEnglish 24 January 2018Literary Analysis of The Gift Of MadiOne Dollar and eighty-seven cents.
The “Gift of Magi” is a story by O. Henry. The story features two main characters, Della and her twenty-two-year-old husband Mr. James Dillingham Young. Della is determined to give her husband a Christmas gift. She then finds herself in an uncomfortable situation. In order to buy her husband a gift for his watch, she had to cut and sell her long gorgeous hair. We all sacrifice but does sacrifice ever come to a full extent? How much would you give for someone you love? Its December 24, and Della cannot find a present for her husband overwhelmed with this task.
She then Cut her hair and sold it for twenty dollars. “She started to try to cover the sad marks of what she had done. Love and large-hearted giving, when added together, can leave deep marks. It is never easy to cover these marks, dear friends— never easy.” This part of the story is when she realized what she had done. She then thinks about what her husband will think.
Her husband loved her hair. Will he even recognize her? The story continues on, with the wife waiting for the husband to return home from work. It had taken longer than he normal. As she waited she prepared herself for when he would open the door the author adds a suspenseful tone to make the reader want to continue reading.
“Jim was never late. Della held the watch chain in her hand and sat near the door where he always entered. Then she heard his step in the hall and her face lost color for a moment.”At this point of the story worry becomes anxiety both filled with excitement and pure horror.
Before the husband enters the door she says a little prayer. “She often said little prayers quietly, about simple everyday things. And now she said: “Please God, make him think I’m still pretty.
” At this point you really see how much effect a husband has on their wives so much that the start to not like there self image because of it. We then come to the relief to hear that the husband would have loved her even if she had not had it before. At the end of the book the author then expresses situational irony.