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What is the tone in the story "The Gift of the Magi"?

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seramanai | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 3, 2008 at 12:02 AM via web

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What is the tone in the story "The Gift of the Magi"?

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engtchr5 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted November 3, 2008 at 12:35 AM (Answer #1)

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The tone in this story is one of bittersweet reminiscence. As the author examines the lives of Della and Jim, the overall sense is that this story is being told from the perspective of a fond remembrance, much like a childhood memory or a favorite event. Despite the story's ironic plot, the tone the author uses remains charitable and pleasant throughout. It seems as though he is personally attached to our characters, despite his use of the omniscient narration. In the end, we see that our characters are viewed by the narrator as "rich," not for their wealth or possessions, but for their spirit of generosity and love.

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