The author: His name is William Sydney Porter, and his pen name is O.Henry. He was born in September 11,1862 in Greensboro, North Carolina. He died in June 5,1910 in New York city. He is an American writer. His short stories are known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization and clever twist endings.
Summary The story starts with $1.87 and that is all Della has for the Christmas to buy a present for her husband.She goes to a mirror to let down her hair and examine it.It is beautiful, brown, knee- length hair.She puts it back up, sheds a tear, and bundles up to head out into the cold.Then she decides to sell her hair to bring money, so she walks to Madame Sofronies hair goods shop.She sells it for twenty bucks.Now she has $21.87 cents.Now Della is able to buy the perfect present for Jim.She buys watch chain with $21.
Summary Then she returns home and tries to make her short hair presentable.When she finishes with her hair, she goes to prepare coffee and dinner.Jim arrives at 7pm to find Della waiting by the door and stares fixedly at her.Della cannot understand quite what his reaction means.After a little while, he gives Della her present.She opens it and cries out in joy.Then she gives Jim his present, holding out the watch chain.He sold his watch to buy combs for Della.They are the wisest of everyone who gives gifts.They are the Magi.
Characters Della : she is a major character.She is loving, warm, and selfless woman She is a poor one. Jim : he is a dynamic and main character.He is the only breadwinner for the Dillingham family.He works long hours, but his salary is law. Madame Sofronie : she is the owner of a hair shop.She does not have emotions.She represents the materialistic world.
Setting Time : Two days and the time of publication : the story has written in the first decade of the 20 th century. Place : Home in New York city in a very unassuming flat.
Point of view Point of view: Third – person narrator.The narrator used the pronoun ( she, he )
Theme Sacrifice : The two main characters are a husband and a wife who give up their most precious possessions to be able to afford gifts for each other on Christmas Eve. Love : The gift of the Magi is the story of a poor, young couple whose love for each other is the most important thing in their lives in spite of their poverty.
Theme Wealth : It is a story about what it means for something to be valuable.Does something is value lie in how much money it is worth? Or are other things more valuable than money? Women & femininity : The main character is a woman named Della.Loveable as she is, at times, Della is hysterical, often overreacting, a characteristic that the narrator identifies as (Feminine).