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how does the loss of their prized possession symbolize the strength of their love?

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MunithAccha | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 6, 2013 at 4:53 PM via web

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how does the loss of their prized possession symbolize the strength of their love?

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted September 6, 2013 at 6:07 PM (Answer #1)

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The loss of a prized possession in 'The Gift Of The Magi' by O Henry underlines the complete devotion a couple have for each other. It is a short story where an impoverished couple of newly-weds are trying to think what they can give each other for Christmas that will be truly special enough to make the other happy and yet not cost too much. The young woman ,Della, is very pretty and she has a lovely luxuriant head of hair - something Jim, her sweetheart, loves about her. But the point is that he does not love her just for her looks - he loves her and her looks. So when she sells her hair to pay for a quality gift for him, they are both regretful but still very loving.

Della and Jim show equality in their relationship because they both gave a lot. Jim showed that he loved her for her self and Della showed that she was able to give up something of her self for him. Della's hair was special but it was dispensable, unlike their love for each other which looks as though it will run and run and go on for ever - just like Della's hair which after all, will grow again.

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