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ConflictGift of the Magi- The main probelm in this story is Della finding money and finding Jim's present. In the story it had stated that Della only had $1.87. Since that was not enough to buy a great present for her beloved the text said, "Will you buy my hair?" That stated that she needed more money. After she sold her hair for $20.00 she went off to buy the perfect present. The text said, "She was ransacking the stores for Jim's present." Ransacking means to hurry and and look at stuff making a mess in the store a bit. That was what Della's was doing to find a great present for Jim.The Last Leaf- Johnsey had a disease called Pneumonia. She needed to be cured from that disease, but since she has no faith in recovering she is having a hard time to get better. The main conflict on this story is to have Johnsey get recovered and for her to believe in herself to get in a better condition. Even the text says that Johnsey need to believe in herself to have a better chance of surviving. It said, "She has one chance in -- let us say, ten." From that it goes to where the docter says, "Your little lady has made up her mind that she's not going to get well." The docter wants her mind to be not on the illness she has or the time she has left, but to be on something else besides those negatinve thoughts. He said this, "If you will get her to ask one question about the new winter styles in cloak sleeves I will promise you a one-in-five chance of, instead of one in ten." What he is trying to say is that if Sue can make Johnsey's mind go off her health and something else she has a better chance of her to live.

Imagery"And then Della leaped up like a little singed cat...""So now Dela's beautiful hair fell about her rippling and shining like a cascade of brown waters.""With a whirl of skirts and with the brilliant sparkle still in her eyes, she fluttered out the door and down the stairs to the streets."

Personification!!"...and lying white and still as a falled statue, ...""An, old ivy vine , gnarled and decayed at the roots, climbed half way up the brick wall.""The cold breath of autumn had stricken its leaves from the vine until its skeleton branches clung, almost bare, to the crumbling bricks."

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The Last Leaf

The Gift Of The Magi

O. Henry

The writer of these stories is O Henry. O. Henry was just his pen name, his real name was William Sydney Porter. He was born in September 11, 1862. The most prolific (plentiful) writing period he wrote started in 1902, when he moved to New York City to be near his publishers. While there, he wrote 381 short stories. His wit, characterization, and plot twists were adored by his readers, but often panned (criticize someone, or something severely) by critics. However, Porter was a heavy drinker, and his health deteriorated (progressed worse) in 1908, which affected his writing. Therefore he died in June 5, 1910.

SettingGift Of The Magi- In the very beginning it was placed at Della's house. The text said, "She stood by the window and looked out dully at a gray cat walking a gray fence in a gray backyard." Obviously she is in her house to a her backyard. Then she goes outside of her house in to the streets to find a present. She goes in a store to cut her hair for money. Then she goes into a different store to buy Jim's present, and at last she goes back to her house waiting for Jim.The Last Leaf- At first they were both in the hostpital room. In the book Johnsey did not go anywhere, but only stayed in her room. Sue on the other hand, went from place to place. After having a little talk with the docter outside the room, Sue went to the workroom. Then she swaggered back to Johnsey's room. Sue then went to Behrman place to have him modle for her art work. Then back to the room Johnsey was resting at for the rest of the story.

Mood!!At first depressing because Johnsey has only 1 out of 10 chances to live and she thinks she's gonna die. Sue is watching her in the bed, dying. However, in the end she lives which made the story into a big change. Plus even her own feelings and personality changes into a more postive way. However, that all happened after Behrman died to paint a picture of a leaf to let Johnsey to live. That was sad, but very touching and kind. I knew that because in the text it said, "Ah, darling, it's Behrman's masterpiece -- he painted it there the night that the last leaf fell."Since he painted it there on the night of a huge storm he got a disease as well and died the next day.Fav. Quotes"They couldn't imagined where he had been that dreadful night. And then they found a lantern, still lighted, some scattered brushes, and a palette with green and yellow colors mixed int it, and -- look out the window, dear at the last ivy leaf on the wall" I love this quote, for it had so much descripted words, and made us foreshadow/inference about what he did that night."Ah darling it's Berman's masterpiece -- he painted it there the night that the last leaf fell."This was touching. Behrman went outside just to draw that leaf for Johnsey to live. It was like a suprise because at first he didn't want to help Johnsey, for how she thought if the last leaf fell that she would die too. Then he died and it was because he actually cared for her.

Main CharactersThe Last Leaf- Sue-Female, friendly, lies to her friend to cheer her up, sad sometimes, honest about her feelings, and is nice (she does many things for Johnsey). Johnsey-Female, super negative, childish (ordered Sue around and made up her mind), complains a bit, and is ill. Behrmen-Male, old, painter, failure in art, patient (for he modles for other people), Caring (he said to Sue, "Ach, dot poor leetle Miss Yohnsy."), and kind (because in the cold night just for Johnsey he drew a leaf on there).The Gift Of The Magi- Della-Female, quick on things, loves Jim, can set her mind on things and keep on doing it no matter what happens, really happy when she buys the present and when she gets her present, gets excited easily, and most of all she has a great positive attitude. Jim-Male, loves Della, can answer people with some idiocy, curious (a bit), cares about Della (because in the text it said, "I don't think there's anything in the way of a haircut or a shave or a shampoo that could make me like my girl any less." He is saying that nothing can make him like Della more less.), and happy (In the text it said, "Intead, of obeying, Jim tumbled down on the couch and put his hands under the back of his head and smiled." It said it right there, smiled.

ThemeHow are they similar? Well the theme for both of them is not giving up. You see, Behrman didn't give up through the nasty storm. He didn't even like Johnsey's thought about the last leaf falling and she will also die. It said it right here in the text, "No, I will not bose as a modle for your fool hermit-dunerhead. Vy do you allow dot silly pusiness to come in der brain of her." However, even so, still he drew the last leaf and still had hope for until the very end. Della too, didn't give up on Jim's present. She kept searching and looking for the perfect present. She even sold her own hair to buy him a great present. For Johnsey, even though it wasn't at first, she believed that she could get better and hang in there to not lose to the disease. Sue didn't care what happened and kept having confidence on Johnsey that she will get better. These two stories may have been different, but they were both very sweet and they had the trust of belief as the main point. The same theme of having the courage to actually believe was how they were similar.

Tone!!It started out peacful and calm by introducing the characters. However, it madly changed into a fast and fierce tone. Della said, "Give it to me quick!" and, "I hunted all over town to find it." Even if it was that fierce she was excited and happy as well. I know that for sure because in the text it says, "And then an ecstatic scream of joy; and..." It even says, "But she hugged them into her bosom,and at the length she was able to look up with dim eyes and say: My hair grows fast, Jim!" At the last part, of course was sweet, kind, and cute, for in the text it said, "And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish childeren in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest teasures of their house." No matter how much value their possesions had, they loved each other more than that to sell it to buy their loves a present.Fav. QuoteMy favorite quote was in the last part, "And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish childeren in a flat who most un wisely sacrificed for each other the greatest teasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. Of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the Magi." That was because it is saying that even though they were foolish to sell their priceless family values just to buy a present for their beloved. That part got me the most it was so sweet and cute like they didn't care about anything, but the one that they wanted to buy a present for. Since they did that they were they wisest and that meaning wise of how much they loved eached other.


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