How would one draw a character sketch of Della and Jim from O. Henry's The Gift of the Magi?

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A character sketch in literature includes the basics that one needs to understand in order to know how the character affects the plots and others in the story. Characteristics that one might include in "sketching" a character would not only be physical features, but also personality traits (i.e., likes and dislikes). Another thing to consider is the character's station in life and in the story. For example, both Jim and Delia are newlyweds which brings specific challenges to them at that point in life. Jim is working and Delia stays home and keeps house. From each of these points in life, there are different stresses and challenges that each face. Jim faces a cut in pay at work which demands that he get creative when it comes to giving his new wife a Christmas gift. Depending on the assignment that your teacher gave you, write down the basics of physical and personality traits, combined with their situation in life and you should be fine.