Lit. Unit 7: Gift of the Magi

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Lit. Unit 7: Gift of the Magi

  1. 1. ED
  2. 2. O. Henry “THE GIFT OF THE MAGI”
  3. 3. OBJECTIVES To review the important literary devices present in the story To demonstrate understanding of those devices
  4. 4. ALLUSION A reference in one work of literature to a historical event, person, or another work of literature, often used to deepen the meaning of the story. Look at the title of the story again. What does O. Henry allude to?
  5. 5. SUSPENSE Excitement or tension that readers feels as they become involved in a story. • Readers become eager to know the outcome of the plot • When did you start to feel tension in the story?
  6. 6. FORESHADOWING The author gives little clues about what is going to happen in the story. Does O. Henry give us any clues?
  7. 7. IRONY In general, irony is a form of contrasts 3 types: • Dramatic: You know something that the characters do not • Situational: Something unexpected happens • Verbal: What is said is different than what is meant. What is ironic about this story????
  8. 8. That’s ironic! OF COURSE, FOLKS HAVE IMITATED O. HENRY’S STORY
  9. 9. THE IRONY REVEALS… The theme! What is the theme? (don’t answer that…save it for the exit ticket)

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