Keeping this in consideration, why O’Henry wrote The Gift of the Magi?
Henry wrote “The Gift of the Magi ” in a hurried two or three hours because he was past deadline—and that may be true. But it’s because he knew such great love that he was able to pen it so quickly. It’s also why I re-read his short story every year at this time.
Also, what kind of story is the gift of the Magi? Genre . While The Gift of the Magi certainly falls in the fictional short story genre , it employs what could be called a sub- genre of “dramatic irony.” Dramatic irony is where the reader learns a secret that the main character(s) don’t know about yet.
Similarly, you may ask, where did O’Henry wrote The Gift of Magi?
It was allegedly written at Pete’s Tavern on Irving Place in New York City. The story was initially published in The New York Sunday World under the title “Gifts of the Magi” on December 10, 1905. It was first published in book form in the O. Henry Anthology The Four Million in April 1906.
Who were Jim and Della?
In the story, Jim and Della are a young married couple who, despite pinching pennies from their meager salaries, find they don’t have the money saved to buy the gift they each think the other deserves. Della finds she has “only $1.87 to buy a gift for Jim . Her Jim .