Everyone wants to be rich and happy, but at what cost? “The Gift of the Magi,” by O. Henry, gives us a much needed reminder of this with every sentence. Mr. Henry doesn’t remind us from in the way that most people would expect, from the rich person’s point of view, but from the point of view of a poor couple that remain happy no matter what. The author reminds us in a realistic, subtle way. Sure, the couple are happy with what they have, but they still have the human instinct of “more.” They don't want to stay poor. They're still human beings, which means that they have the lust to be richer. The author perfectly portrays this with the main character, Della struggling to buy her husband Jim an expensive gift. Although she’s not greedy about this she still wants to get Jim more. Almost anyone can relate to this theme, me included. We've all been in the situation where we think that we have all we need, but then we still want more of something. Sometimes we don't even know what we want, but we still want it. This story made me have a little less of that lust for more and I'm hoping that it will make you feel that way, too.
“The Gift of the Magi” is a good story that can teach a good lesson overall. It touches on themes of happiness and poverty which I wasn't expecting from a story based on its name, which just goes to show that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover.