The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

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

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For most of the story, the narrative perspective is told from the third person omniscient perspective.  

The narrator is telling a story about two people. The narrator is not a part of the story, so the narration uses the pronouns "he" and "she" when referring to Jim and Della.  

There is a time when the narration does move into a first person narration, though. Those are the times when the narrator directly addresses the reader. The final paragraph is a good example of when the narrative moves from a third person perspective to a first person perspective. A reader will notice that the narrator all of a sudden uses "I" in order to make himself/herself an active participant in the story.  

And here I have told you the story of two children who were not wise.

This final paragraph also drops any pretense of the narrator's neutrality. The line above clearly shows that the narrator has an opinion about Jim and Della.

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