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The Gift of the Magi

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This is a heart-warming tale reminding us that love is more important than possessions. Della has saved for months to buy the perfect gift for her ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 3.500
FanOfTimeLifeBooks

Love, Sacrifice, and an Ironic Twist

by FanOfTimeLifeBooks on Dec 18, 2009

The Gift of the Magi is one of many short stories written by O. Henry (1862-1910). Love and sacrifice are the dominant themes in this story. It concludes with an ironic twist. In fact, I use this story to teach my eighth graders the literary term of irony. Despite a few challenging vocabulary words, it can be easily understood, read aloud, and discussed in about thirty minutes. Again, this is a great story to teach not only about love and sacrifice but irony as well. Highly recommended.

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KatieReads

Not the original version

by KatieReads on Jan 31, 2008

The story has been changed from the original O. Henry version. Instead of a husband and wife, the characters are a brother and sister. I wish I had known this before I bought it for my husband for Christmas.

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