A Study of Metacognition on O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi”

Tai-An Lin


The study aimed to bring more possibilities into existence for one of the O. Henry’s texts, “The Gift of the Magi”, in terms of the application of metacognition concept. The idea of level was rooted in metacognition concept and was used to examine the text. The study found that there were two levels for a same thing in O. Henry’s text. One level was an inner-layer story, and the other an external (outer)-layer story. They both constructed a particular twofold spatial for O. Henry’s fiction world. It was the very spatial that the opportunities of involving the literary content were created and became possible. Through the investigation, true implication of metacognition was manifested, which was something of knowing beyond knowing and thinking behind thinking.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5539/ass.v6n4p49

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