"The Gift of the Magi" and "The Ransom of Red Chief" both use situational irony to teach a moral lesson. In one story, the moral lesson shows the protagonists in a favorable light, and, in the other, shows them in a negative light.
Situational irony in literature occurs when a plot unfolds in a way opposite from what is expected.
In "Gift of the Magi," Della sells her most prized possession, her long, beautiful hair, to buy an expensive watch chain for her husband. She and the readers of the story expect him to be delighted with the gift. Ironically, he has sold his watch to buy her a comb and brush set: now, neither one of them can now properly use the gifts they were given. Nevertheless, the moral of this...
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