Compare and Contrast the Secret Life of Walter Mitty and I’m Going

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“The Gift of the Magi”
Milton Wiscovitch Jr.
ENG 125
Prof. Jennifer Chunn November 26, 2012

Theme and Narrative Elements of “The Gift of the Magi” O Henry’s short story written in 1906 “The Gift of the Magi” identifies the theme elements as poverty and love. The lack of money and living in a poor neighborhood affected both Della and Jim. They expressed their unconditional love for each other by sacrificing their most prized possessions in order to buy a Christmas gift. Through this act of love both Della and Jim saw how much they really loved each other by wanting to make their partner happy. This short story identifies that love has no boundaries over having money through self sacrifice when it comes to giving all you have for the one you love. The couple sacrificed items that brought them joy such as Della’s hair and Jim’s watch which was important to the both of them but wasn’t worth much financially (Clugston, 2010). The plot’s analysis centers around the initial situation which states that Della only has $1.87 to purchase her husband Jim a gift on Christmas Eve. Both Della and Jim are poor and love her husband more than in the whole world. Della’s long hair and Jim’s gold watch were the only things they had and gave them up for one another. In the conflict, Della sells her hair to get the money in order to purchase her husband Jim a gift. This solves the problem of not having enough money and later she finds the perfect present for her husband. This opposes a new problem Della is not sure if Jim will be upset over the loss of her hair in order to purchase his gift. She also wonders if Jim will appreciate it and the effort it took for doing it. Things got complicated when Jim arrives and stares at Della; he shocked by the loss of her hair and does not like what he sees for he loved his wife’s hair. He doesn’t seem angry and Della is not sure how…...

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