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《Journal of Fujian Institute of Education》 2008-07
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Narrative Point of View and Suspense in The Gift of the Magi

LIN Xue-ping(School of Foreign Languages,Fuzhou University,Fuzhou 350002,China)  
O Henry’s masterpiece The Gift of the Magi exemplary demonstrates his superb narrative expertise and reveals his unique narrative style. It can be perceived that O Henry tactically creates suspense and leads readers to a fully unexpected ending of his story by skillfully incorporating omniscient of the third person、paralipsis、blank statement and the shift of viewpoint. The original narrative policies of The Gift of the Magi contribute greatly to the suspense and tension of the short story, whose unexpected ending derives mainly from the intended stylistic effect of the perspective of its narrative viewpoint.
【CateGory Index】: I712
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