Gift of the Magi. Short story elements. O. Henry’s Life. O. Henry was born William Sydney Porter on September 11, 1862 – and died on June 5, 1910 ). He was born in Greensboro, NC (near my hometown!).
Gift of the Magi
Short story elements
O. Henry was born William Sydney Porter on September 11, 1862 – and died on June 5, 1910). He was born in Greensboro, NC
(near my hometown!).
His stories were known for their twist endings, careful and intelligent word choice, and characterizations that seem very real. At one point, he wrote one story per week for publication!
O. Henry typically wrote about working class characters in his own time period.
Name an example of irony in the Gift of the Magi. Situational irony is when what happens is opposite of what is expected.
What do you think is the main point O. Henry was trying to get across in this story?
Would you call Della and Jim static characters or dynamic characters?
Why did O. Henry call the story by this name? (Could it have been foreshadowing?
Watch the following video trailer and think about how the video differs from the imagery you had in your head after you read the story.
Gift of the Magi Trailer