Adolescence is a pivotal moment in shaping one’s character and holds great implications for one’s values and personal growth. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry portrays how an ordinary young couple in difficult financial circumstances managed to show their love for each other, eulogizing truth, goodness, and beauty in humanity. We conducted a thorough examination of the significance of moral values conveyed in The Gift of the Magi for teenager education using the “situation-emotion-symbol” model that is based on Randall Collins’ theory of interaction ritual chains in order to establish an interaction ritual chain model for moral education of teenagers. Our study reveals that situated cognition is useful in constructing the focus of attention for the moral education of teenagers; that shared emotion is the driving force for achieving moral education of teenagers; and that symbolic connections help teenagers put the virtues they’ve learned from The Gift of the Magi into action and provides effective measures that can significantly contribute to the cultivation and implementation of moral education among teenagers.




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