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What is the point of view in "The Gift of the Magi"?  

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lauren43 | Valedictorian

Posted September 30, 2012 at 2:32 PM via web

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What is the point of view in "The Gift of the Magi"?

 

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 30, 2012 at 3:09 PM (Answer #1)

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The term 'point of view' describes the perspective from which the story is told.  In "Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry, the point of view is third person omniscient; the narrator, like a comfortable, old storyteller, explains and describes the fictional account of Della and Jim at Christmas time.  A third-person perspective is a narrator who tells the story without being involved in the actual events, and the word 'omniscient' emphasizes the fact that the narrator knows and sees more than the characters themselves.  For example, in the end of the story, the narrator alludes to the sad outcome of the gifts and the meaning of the Magi, before the reader, Della, or Jim know the outcome of the gifts. 

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