Allusion In The Gift Of The Magi
What are the allusions in "The Gift of the Magi?"
The magi were three men that traveled from far away lands in order to give gifts to the newly born Christ child. Depending on who you ask, the magi range from being simple wise men, to being kings. Regardless, all accounts agree that the three men gave expensive gifts to Jesus (gold, frankincense, and myrrh). Of the three Biblical allusions in the story, the magi is the most overt. It's in the title of the story, and O. Henry explicitly tells his readers about them in the final paragraph.
The magi, as you know, were wise men—wonderfully wise men— who brought gifts to the newborn Christ-child. They were the first to give Christmas gifts. Being wise, their gifts were doubtless wise ones.
The allusions to the Queen of Sheba and Solomon are much more veiled. What O. Henry does though, by hinting at Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, is pick two people who...
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