How is the conflict resolved in the story " The gift of the magi" ?

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amymc eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Gift of the Magi does present conflicts for the characters, both internal and external.  The internal conflict of this story springs from the desires of both Della and Jim to buy a meaningful gift for each other.  They want the gift to be perfect.  The problem is that neither have the money to buy the chosen gift.  This external conflict is resolved when Della sells her hair to buy Jim a watch chain while Jim sells his watch to buy Della a hair comb.  While this may present another conflict in theory, the love that the couple obviously has for one another outweighs and even overshadows the realization that the gifts cannot be used.  The assumption remains that Della will regrow her hair, and Jim will be able to buy another watch.