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  • The Gift of the Magi
    In the short story “The Gift of the Magi", it was Christmas time, and Della wanted desperately to get a special Christmas gift for her husband, Jim. She had saved her pennies and scrounged...

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    In O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi,” Della’s action of cutting her hair reveals her self-sacrificing love for her husband Jim. At the outset of the story, Della is conflicted about how to...

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    O. Henry's short story "The Gift of the Magi" is about a young couple, Jim and Della, living in New York City at the turn of the twentieth century. O. Henry's stories featured ironic, surprise...

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  • The Gift of the Magi
    Della and Jim Dillingham have fallen upon hard times and their clothes and their flat reveal some of their hardships. In the exposition of O. Henry's story, Della counts out her money which falls...

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    There is no evidence in the text to suggest that the relationship between Jim and Della, in O. Henry's short story "The Gift of the Magi," is anything but an ardent love between two very devoted...

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    It is ironic when Della sells her hair to buy Jim a gift for his watch, but he can’t use the gift because he sold his watch. Situational irony occurs in a story when the opposite of what you...

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    In O. Henry’s short story, “The Gift of the Magi,” Della buys her husband, Jim, a “platinum fob chain” to go with his pocket watch. In this story, we are told that Jim Young (James...

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    O. Henry's short story "The Gift of the Magi" is among the simplest and most elegant short stories in American literature. The surprise ending was one of O. Henry's favorite literary devices....

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    There are a number of reasons for O. Henry's lengthy description of Della's hair. He wants to show how proud she is of her hair and how important it is to her. This will make her sacrifice of it...

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  • The Gift of the Magi
    Della wants to make this Christmas a very special one for Jim, but her savings is a paltry sum of one dollar and eighty-seven cents before the day of Christmas. This is what upsets her at the...

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  • The Gift of the Magi
    The significance of the title is twofold. First, we need to realize that the title comes from the New Testament. The magi, or wise men, gave the baby Jesus gifts. According to the the gospel of...

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    Jim is telling Della that they will be able to use their gifts later when their circumstances improve, because the most important part about them is that they got them for each other. Jim and Della...

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    O. Henry is using the wildest hyperbole to describe how Della and Jim valued their family treasures: her beautiful long hair and his gold watch. The references to the Queen of Sheba and King...

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    Della had beautiful brown hair. Most women in her day let their hair grow very long and had to pin it up in a sort of bouffant style. Della was proud not only of the rich quality of her hair but of...

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    The theme of The Gift of the Magi is sacrifice. Della and Jim each sacrifice something precious to them in order to give the other a special gift. Della sells her hair and uses the money to buy...

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  • The Gift of the Magi
    Three kings from the East--Gaspar, Melchior and Balthazar-- followed a significant star to find baby Jesus not long after he was born. They brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh and...

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    Before the days of supermarkets, housewives used to have to go to a number of different shops in order to get food for one or two days' meals. There were no refrigerators, so the women had to shop...

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    Jim’s expression comes from the fact that he realizes that the combs he bought Della for Christmas will be useless now. When Jim and Della do not have enough money to buy each other presents,...

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    We can answer this question in a few ways. From one perspective, we can say that the conflict rests on poverty. Della and Jim are a loving couple, but they do not have enough money. So, when...

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    O. Henry tells about Della's and Jim's most prized possessions in a single rather fanciful paragraph early in the story. Now, there were two possessions of the James Dillingham Youngs in which...

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    Situational irony is defined as an incongruity between what is expected and what actually happens. Both Della and Jim have expectations about the Christmas presents they have bought for each other....

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    O. Henry exaggerates Della's pride in her beautiful long hair for the same reason that he exaggerates Jim's pride in his gold watch. Now, there were two possessions of the James Dillingham Youngs...

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  • The Gift of the Magi
    The two characters in The Gift of the Magi are a young married couple, Della and Jim. Both are faced with a dilemma. They are both very poor yet desire to give each other special gifts for...

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    Della is the point-of-view character in "The Gift of the Magi." She and Jim have the same problems: each wants to buy the other a nice Christmas present, and neither of them has any money. But it...

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    In the short story “The Gift of the Magi,” by O. Henry, “Jimmy” is 22 years old. I put the word “Jimmy” in quotes because he is never called by this name in the story. His real name...

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    The pier glass, a long, narrow mirror designed to fit between two windows, offers Della a solution to her dilemma of what she can give her beloved husband for Christmas. When Della looks in this...

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    Your question refers to a phrase in the opening paragraph of O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi". The phrase refers to the method by which Della has been able to scrape together a small amount of...

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    Della’s hair has always made her feel special and proud because it's unusually long, reaching “below her knee.” Described as "the most valuable thing" she had, her hair is also a matter of...

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    First of all, you need to examine the quote and form your own opinion. Do you believe that sacrifice is giving up something better? If you think so, here are some examples from The Gift of the...

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    This is a good question and a sharp observation. The narrator seems to be a worldly wise, kindly, philosophic, perceptive man who likes people. This man seems to be very much like O. Henry himself,...

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    The answer to your first question would be a matter of opinion. Take a look at the evidence of caring and affection between Jim and Della, then decide if you think that their love is believable. -...

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    The name "Dillingham" has money and upper-class connotations. Jim's last name is Young. The "Dillingham" must have been a sort of tribute to Jim's grandfather, who was evidently an important man,...

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    This is a good but difficult question, because of the word, "real." All answers will be a matter of opinion. Therefore, in my opinion, the real gift is a paradox. It is the idea that giving is...

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    In one word. Yes. The story is mostly about Jim and Della. They are a poor couple and when Christmas rolls around, they are at a loss of what to do on account of their finances. They deeply love...

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    O. Henry states specifically that the Youngs live in a cheap furnished flat and that the rent is eight dollars a week. While the mistress of the home is gradually subsiding from the first stage to...

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    The three Magi were three kings from the Biblical telling of the birth of Jesus. These kings brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the baby Jesus. The title The Gift of the Magi comes...

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    In The Gift of the Magi, we find out that Jim is twenty-two years old. We learn Jim's age near the end of the story. At the beginning of the story, we learn other information about Jim, such as...

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    There are many themes in the short story, "Gift of the Magi." For example, love, sacrifice, and generosity are all important themes. However, if I had to pick the central theme and my favorite, I...

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  • The Gift of the Magi
    In order to answer this question, we should start with definitions. Situational irony is when incongruity appears between exception and what actually happens. A surprise ending is just like it...

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    The Gift of the Magi is a short story written by William Sydney Porter, who went by the pen name of O. Henry. It is a story of love, difficult economic times, and the true meaning of the...

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    Yes, Jim and Della have sacrificed the greatest treasures of their house for each other because they are so poor that Della's hair and Jim's watch were their only material treasures. Neither of...

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    The short story The Gift of the Magi shows that money does not buy happiness. Jim and Della think that money will buy each other's happiness at some level. They both place great importance on...

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    To me, Della’s gift would be like the embodiment of true love. Without doubt it would be my most prized possession, symbolizing pure love. Della’s long hair had been her most precious...

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  • The Gift of the Magi
    Although Della sells her hair and Jim sells his watch, the story is really all about Della. Her selling her beautiful hair to buy her husband a Christmas present is what readers will always...

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    What Della and Jim demonstrate is true love ~ selfless love. A true lover has just one desire and it’s to make his or her loved one happy; no matter if it is at the cost of one’s own happiness...

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    No, Jim and Della were more than confident in how much they loved each other. There is no evidence in the story that they were insecure or uncertain about what they felt. They loved one another so...

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    The pertinent passage reads: Also appertaining thereunto was a card bearing the name “Mr. James Dillingham Young.” The “Dillingham” had been flung to the breeze during a former period of...

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    The resolution of the short story is when all is revealed and both Jim and Della sit down to eat dinner. In the beginning of the story, Della is feeling down, because it is Christmas and she...

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    In The Gift of the Magi, Della and Jim Young live in a furnished apartment, which they pay $8 a week in rent for. When Della "flop[s] down on the shabby little couch" at the beginning of the...

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    Jim earns only twenty dollars a week, and their flat costs eight dollars a week. They must lead very quiet lives. But, at this point in their young married lives at least, they are still very much...

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