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The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

The Gift of the Magi

by O. Henry


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The Gift of the Magi is an O. Henry short story in which a young couple are very much in love with each other but can barely afford their one-room apartment. For Christmas, they each make a sacrifice to purchase a gift for the other, with ironic results.

The moral of the story is that physical possessions, however valuable they may be, are of little value in the grand scheme of things. The true unselfish love that the characters, Jim and Della, share is greater than their possessions.

O. Henry ends the story by clarifying the metaphor between the characters in the story, Della and James (or Jim), and the Biblical Magi. The Gift of the Magi features O. Henry’s characteristic twist ending and use of flowery diction.

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Gift of the Magi
Reviewer rjrconsult
 November 25, 2013
Not a good reader---except perhaps for children---is read as if for children--with lilt at sentence end, etc. Very little vocal range, or characterizations

Classic story done averagely
Reviewer LOLDavid
 August 18, 2006
Betsie Bush is an average narrator and the sound quality is a little below average. It's only 13 minutes though so it's probably tolerable.

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  • Published: 2002
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: T019014
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