9th Grade English
The Gift of the Magi
Can money actually buy happiness? Throughout the short story "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry, I thouroughly think about this question. Henry does a fabulous job of portraying Della's thoughts and emotions. I believe that Henry did this to try and get the reader to understand exactly what, people who are in trouble financially, go through.
The protagonist of this short story, who's name is Della, is very poor, but she is very grateful to her husband Jim. She is happy that Jim is in her life, and she wants to get him a special present for Christmas. However, she doesn't have enough money, so she has to sell her hair to be able to afford the present.
This short story made me think about the world as a whole more, and think outside our community where we are fortunate enough to afford everything without making personal sacrifices. Unfortunately there are many people in this world who encounter situations similar to the one Della was in, because money just doesn't grow on trees.
In summary, "The Gift of the Magi" was a touching book that really made me understand the difficulty that Della was going through, and it was portrayed so beautifully, that I can imagine feeling Della's pain myself.