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The Gift of The Magi O. Henry
Surprise Ending Turn of events that takes a reader by surprise. Author builds clues into the story to make a surprise ending believable. Helps show the story’s theme or message.
Symbolism A tangible item (object, picture, person) represents something meaningful, it has a deeper connection than just the object itself.
What does it represent? Guess what each symbol represents
Depreciate Depreciate – reduce in value Example – Items that do not depreciate are good investments.
Cascade Cascade – a small steep waterfall; anything suggesting such a waterfall. Example - Her hair flowed down her back like a cascade.
Faltered Faltered – acted hesitantly; showed uncertainty. Example – The manager faltered in her decision to hire the inexperienced worker.
Discreet Discreet – careful about what one says or does. Example – Being discreet is a good way to avoid hurting other people’s feelings.
Instigates Instigates – urges on; stirs up Example – When he is not watched carefully, he instigates trouble.
Prefix De – down.
Suffix Ate – product of a process
1. How do you think Della felt in a street like this one as she approached Madame Sofronie’s shop? 2. What does Della sell for twenty dollars? Guided Questions on pg
3. What is the main conflict? Internal or external? 4. How are both Della’s and Jim’s actions similar? 5. What emotion do both characters show with their actions? 6. How does the conflict affect the story’s plot? Guided Questions on pg. 264
7. In what way does Jim’s gift to Della create an ironic situation? What type of irony is this? 8. How does Jim react to Della’s newly cut hair? 9. Explain why the ending is a surprise ending. Guided Questions