Love is the Most Powerful Weapon
The stories “The Scarlet Ibis” and “The Gift of the Magi “ have similar themes. The theme to “The Scarlet Ibis” is it is never known how much you love someone until that person is gone. The author, James Hurst, showed that the narrator loved his brother by saying: “For a long, long time, it seemed like forever; I lay there crying, sheltering my fallen scarlet ibis from the heresy of the rain.”(Hurst 604). In the story, the narrator got his brother, Doodle, to walk and he took it too far because he started to get Doodle to jog. Because of the narrator taking it to far, Doodle died under a tree in a rainstorm. In a similar way, the message in “The Gift of the Magi” is people make great sacrifices for the people they love. The author of this story, O. Henry, shows how much the married couple loves each other by putting this in the story: “Something fine and rare and sterling, something just a little bit near to being worthy of being owned by Jim” (Henry 153). Jim and Della gave up their most precious possessions to buy each other a gift for Christmas. The two themes are a lot alike because they are both about one person loving another person.
Henry, O. “The Gift of the Magi.” The Language of Literature. Ed. Arthur Applebee. Evanston: McDougal Little, 2000. 152-157. Print.
Hurst, James. “The Scarlet Ibis.” The Language of Literature. Ed. Arthur Applebee. Evanston: McDougal Little, 2000. 593-602. Print.