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Isnt it Romantic No matter what race someone is what country they are from or what gender they are they have all at one time or another loved something Love is considered to be the language of the heart Lydia Maria Child once said The cure for all ills and wrongs the cares the sorrows and the crimes of humanity all lie in the one word love It is the divine vitality that everywhere produces and restores life While this is not necessarily always true love does seem to play a big role in every day life Many books stories poems and articles have been written on the subject Two such short stories are A Haunted House by Virginia Woolf and The Gift of the Magi by O Henry These two stories share commonalities and differences in their theme setting and mood True love has long since been a common use in stories and A Haunted House and The Gift of the Magi are no exception Within both short stories love provides the basis for the common theme which is love outweighs all else In A Haunted House love goes beyond time and death The old ghostly couple still love one another after having been dead for a while They return to the old house full of memories of laughter kisses and joy The Gift of the Magi while still showing that love is greater displays the fact that love can indeed happen for richer or for poorer The couple had very few possessions but they loved one another enough to sell that what they prized about all else Both stories had a common theme that differed in its application in the story Along with any love story comes a loving setting but more specifically a place where the characters live Both homes in the stories were run-down places They were old sparsely furnished but they were full of love To these
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