The Gift of the Magi Did Della and Jim have communication .. ??? i think they didnt .. because if they did they wouldnt confuse in the gift

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

O. Henry's poignant short story begins with Christmas Eve just hours away.  Della has long been contemplating what she can give her husband; likewise, Jim has considered the purchase of the bejeweled combs for his wife's lovely hair.  They have not communicated their worries and their desires because they do not wish to spoil the surprise of their gift-giving.  But, while they have not told each other about the Christmas gifts, they have daily shared their love.  For, each wants to give the other something wonderful, something fine and beautiful, something that represents the deep love they have for each other.

When Jim sees Della's hair and Della discovers that Jim no longer has a watch on which to hook his new chain, they are both quiet because they are sadly disappointed.  Nevertheless, their strong affection for one another overtakes their melancholy.  This is why O. Henry writes that they are "the wisest."

wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with number 5 in part.  I think a lack of communication might be part of the underlying problem, but more communication wouldn't have prevented their gift mix up.  True, they were each afraid to express their disappointment and fears to each other.  This is common in new couples.  They were also trying to make the other happy by pretending to be happy themselves.  Still, they wouldn't have told each other what they were getting for Christmas gifts even if they did communicate more.  In the end, the realize the best gift is love and affection.  Communication is a big part of this, but communication in and of itself isn't the point of the story.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't think that you're right.  If you're giving someone a gift, it's not like you're going to tell them what you're getting them.  Jim can't tell Della "hey, I'm getting you combs for Christmas, don't cut your hair."  It would have totally spoiled the surprise.  So I don't think that is evidence that they don't have good communication.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
If you are asking if they also did not communicate in a general sense, I would say so. First of all, the couple is young and naive. They are trying to make a good life for themselves, and each wants to make the other happy. This is common with couples. If they talked more, they would realize that their best gifts lie in each other.
ferdy33 | Student

I don't think that you're right.  If you're giving someone a gift, it's not like you're going to tell them what you're getting them.  Jim can't tell Della "hey, I'm getting you combs for Christmas, don't cut your hair."  It would have totally spoiled the surprise.  So I don't think that is evidence that they don't have good communication.

Thanks for helping me .. Im going to a quiz but i dont understand to much the story.. :D Thanks

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