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In "The Gift of the Magi," what is the moral lesson of the story?  

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maezel | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 11, 2009 at 7:16 PM via web

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In "The Gift of the Magi," what is the moral lesson of the story?

 

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Susan Hurn | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 11, 2009 at 7:26 PM (Answer #1)

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The lesson of the story concerns the true meaning of love and its value. In the story, Jim and Delia are a young married couple who are, by all appearances, very poor. When Christmas comes, both give up something that is meaningful in order to bring joy to the other. Because they do this out of love, what each one really gives the other is the greatest gift, the gift of love. In possessing the one thing that matters most, Jim and Delia are very rich indeed.

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therealjessalyn | Student | eNoter

Posted December 29, 2011 at 12:31 PM (Answer #2)

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a simple idea: love conquers all, and love is more important than material goods. In fact his stories are anti-materialistic, and his characters are usually poor. He has been criticized for being over-simplistic, overly romantic. Really this is a simple love story about self-sacrifice. It is not about miscommunication, but on the contrary, about a deep spiritual connection. We are meant to see this couple as living happily ever after. This is a simple world, with a simple endorsement of romantic love. The lovers choose love over material things, though they try to express their love through a material gift. But spiritual love is far more important for both of them than the gifts. They are both identical in their love for one another - neither loves more than the other, and they are like "two souls that are one". Not a deep story, but has its charm.
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therealjessalyn | Student | eNoter

Posted December 29, 2011 at 12:34 PM (Answer #3)

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therealjess... Student a simple idea: love conquers all, and love is more important than material goods. In fact his stories are anti-materialistic, and his characters are usually poor. He has been criticized for being over-simplistic, overly romantic. Really this is a simple love story about self-sacrifice. It is not about miscommunication, but on the contrary, about a deep spiritual connection. We are meant to see this couple as living happily ever after. This is a simple world, with a simple endorsement of romantic love. The lovers choose love over material things, though they try to express their love through a material gift. But spiritual love is far more important for both of them than the gifts. They are both identical in their love for one another - neither loves more than the other, and they are like "two souls that are one". Not a deep story, but has its charm.

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