"Gift of the Magi" is the story of a poor, young couple whose love for each other is the most important thing in their lives. Such is their love that they're led to sacrifice their most valuable possessions to find Christmas gifts for each other. The warm home they make together contrasts with the drabness of their poverty and the dreary world outside. Their love seems to know no bounds, though Della (the wife) worries about how her sacrifice will affect her husband because of how it affects her looks. If ever there were a story with the message that all you need to be happy is love, this is it.
O¡¤Henry lived in a time of declination of romanticism and prosperity of realism, experiencing great changes though the whole life, watching the cruelty of capitalism and showing strong mercy to those ordinary people who struggled for living....
While William James had famously remarked that his brother was "a native of the James family" (W James 517), with little else in the way of national affiliation, Henry considered himself as American as ever after his twenty years in Europe.
In His most famous story, The Gift of the Magi3 he spins the tale of a young couple who are short of money but desperately want to buy each other Christmas gifts.
From the beginning, the readers keep guessing what the couple will buy for each other, and the irony of their gifts is the greatest suspense the author puts into this story.
It is not surprising that The Gift of the Magi still enjoys such widespread fame, for in this trite little tale of mutual self-sacrifice between husband and wife.
Henry found his love in the lower class of society which kept me wondering, “Where can we find the true love in our life?” Perhaps love is just like a story with a twisted ending; it might seem normal or even a bit sad from the outside, but to the people who are in the story, and those who are aware of the true meaning of love, happiness will remain in their heart for a long time.
Henry has always been a favorite in American literature for his acute perspective of the creatures living in society, and his peculiar of the twisted ending.