جۆری توێژینهوه : Original Article
Department of English, College of Languages, Salahaddin University-Erbil, Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq
This paper tackles three stories by three eminent writers. They are two short stories
and a play; namely, The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry, The Nightingale and the Rose by
Oscar Wilde and A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen. Besides an introduction and
conclusion, the paper falls into two sections. Section one discusses the similarities
amongst the stories; the authors’ focus on irony, and the incentives for giving up one’s
most valuable possessions in life. Focused on the undertones and outcomes of sacrifices
made in each story, section two brings to light the differences as regards the nature of
the sacrifices therein. It illustrates how different prices are paid as a result of the main
characters’ sacrifices. It also examines the outcomes and underlying suggestions. The
conclusion shows that there are technical and thematic similarities amongst the selected
stories. It also shows that the nature of the sacrifice made in each case is questioned
when one takes into account its outcomes. Furthermore, it shows that as a result of big
sacrifices made we better understand the traits of the main characters as well as the
socio-economic factors that affect their relations with each other in each story.
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