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In "The Gift of the Magi," why does the writer call Jim and Della foolish and...

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freakyangel | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted April 30, 2008 at 10:45 PM via web

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In "The Gift of the Magi," why does the writer call Jim and Della foolish and wise at the same time?

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 1, 2008 at 1:24 AM (Answer #1)

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He calls them foolish because in the act of giving their gifts, the couple rendered their respective gifts useless. Neither Jim nor Della could really use what the other had given, because in the process of gift exchange, they removed one another's "targets." He calls them wise because they gave from the depths of their hearts, without counting the cost, and gave the things that mattered most to them.

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