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Is there any forshadowing in The Gift of Magi

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nabiscat93 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 24, 2007 at 12:54 PM via web

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Is there any forshadowing in The Gift of Magi

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mickey2bailey | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted October 3, 2007 at 5:13 AM (Answer #2)

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The only foreshadowing I see in the story, "The Gift of the Magi", is when Della has been crying because she only has $1.87 cents to buy a gift for Jim.  She then stands by the window, "looking dully at a gray cat walking a gray fence in a gray backyard".  This foreshadows sadness to me since Christmas was the next day and she didn't have the money to buy Jim's present.  Then she whirls around from the window and "her eyes were shining brilliantly, but her face had lost its color within twenty seconds.  She rapidly pulled down her hair and let it fall to its full length".  When she lost the color in her face it foreshadowed that she had thought of a plan but it meant having to make a hard decision. 

Since it is a short story these are the only two instances of foreshadowing that I could find.

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