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Cynthia Sanchez
Instructor: N. Spalloni
English 1301:21769
4 March 2013 The Irony of life The author of “Gift of the Magi” is O. Henry. This story is about a married couple who is very poor and they can’t afford anything extraordinary and they only have the necessities. They both thought of giving each other something nice for Christmas and what they did was sell the most valuable things that they have for each other. “The Gift of the Magi” is giving an example of two people who would do something nice for each other; it has a sentimental value for both of them, but at the end everything turned out to be completely different. This story has irony because both Jim and Della gave up what was most important to them. This story is very nice and interesting story and that it conveys to a theme that others need to care for one another.

It was Christmas Eve and Della didn’t know what to give her husband Jim, she only had a dollar and eighty seven cents. As she walked through the streets looking for what she can give her husband, she happened to stop upon a store and asked, “Will you buy my hair?” in paragraph 12. They offered Della twenty dollars for her long hair; she accepted the money fast and bought a gold chain for the watch that her husband had. Her reaction when her husband entered the door was paragraph 18, “Please God, make him think I am still pretty.” As she saw his face she said, “Jim, and let’s be happy. You don’t know what a nice- what a beautiful, nice gift I’ve got for you.” She stated in paragraph 21. She was so enthusiasm for what she did that Della didn’t realize his stern face, and only see’s what she sacrificed for her husband. Jim wanted to give his wife Della a present as well for Christmas and all he thought of was to sell his gold watch to buy her combs for her hair. As Jim went to the house he saw that his wife didn’t have her hair anymore in paragraph 21 he seemed serious about Della cutting her hair, ““You’ve cut off your hair?” asked Jim, laboriously.” He was serious and, “Jim looked about the room curiously.” He was disappointed to see what she did to her hair when he sold his watch for her long beautiful hair to buy him a gold chain for his watch. In paragraph 22 Jim expresses why he was stunned,”” Don’t make any mistake, Dell,” he said, “about me. I don’t think there’s anything in the way of a haircut or a shave or a shampoo that could make me like my girl any less. But if you’ll unwrap that package you may see why you had me going a while at