“One dollar and eighty seven cents that was all.”
In life one makes a lot of choices or decisions that turn into a negative position or a positive position. If one confronts one another’s problems with a positive push one will make the right choice. In “Gift of the Magi” written by O.Henry one must know that O.Henrys leading to the unexpected surprise ending. Such as in this short story it uses a lot of “choices”, as in what should one do? If one either listens to one another or listens to the loved one and clears it through with them they will turn out okay.
In “Gift of the Magi” the word dramatic irony is expressed a lot in many different sections of this short story. “Della’s beautiful hair fell about her rippling and shining like a cascade of brown waters. It reached below her knee and made itself almost a garment for her. Once she faltered for a minute and stood still while a tear or two splashed on the worn red carpet.” This is when Della realizes she has to cut off her long beautiful hair, for the money to buy Jim a present for Christmas. The technique used in this quotation is man vs. man. She decides to trade twenty dollars for her unique hair. “You’ve cut your hair off? Jim withdrew a package from his overcoat and threw it upon the table. For there lay the combs the combs that Della worshiped.” This is when Jim realizes he sold his watch for Della’s Combs. Jim had known Della wanted the combs and they’re not only combs they’re very expensive combs. They both trade their favorite item or essential part of their life for one another.
The word epiphany is used many times in “Gift of the Magi.” For instance “Instead of obeying, Jim tumbled down on the couch and put his hands under the back of his head and smiled. I sold the watch to get the money to buy your combs.” Della finds out that he sold his watch for her expensive combs. She had bought him a chain to put his clock on to wear it on his wrist. Another example “Will you buy my hair?...