Chad Schimke

Monday, December 24, 2012

THE GIFT OF THE MAGI SHORT STORY REVIEW

THE GIFT OF THE MAGI SHORT STORY REVIEW - His most famous story was published in 1906. This is a holiday story about what happens to a modest couple on Christmas Eve. O Henry employs several literary techniques including situational irony and the number three, an allusion to the magi. The title is a reference to wise men offering gold, frankincense and myrrh to Christ. He was prolific and considered to be amongst the top classic American writers. Yet, he wasn’t able to produce works of long form fiction (novels), other than collections of short works, such as The Four Million. The style of The Gift of the Magi is out of fashion, but I really appreciate the simplicity and a great twist ending. Since Christmas is a time of traditions spend a bit of time with a classic. Happy Holidays! 








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