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ramialam95 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

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 Describe the situational irony in this story. What lesson about life and love do you think it teaches Della and Jim? 

An ironic situation is one that turns out to be just the opposite of what we—or the characters in the story—expect.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 5, 2009 at 2:00 PM (Answer #2)

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In the story, Della and Jim each think they are getting the other the perfect gift.  The irony is that each of them pays for the gift with something that makes the other's gift worthless (Della has no hair to put the combs in, Jim has no watch to hang from the chain).

I think that what happened should have taught them two main lessons, namely that

  • Their love was strong and that they were each willing to sacrifice for the other.  That's important in a relationship.
  • Love doesn't really need gifts like that.  Love doesn't need to be proved through material gifts.

 

 

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