How is "The Gift of the Magi" a love story?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a love story because it shows what people will do, what they will give up, because of their love for one another.  It is also a love story because it shows how people in love should react in adversity.

Both Jim and Della really want to get each other a nice gift.  They each want this so badly that they are willing to give up their prize possessions to get something nice for each other.

Finally, when they realize what has happened, they do not scold or become unhappy.  They just move on, knowing that they love each other.

mkcapen1 | Student
The greatest love that one can show for another is the love that includes sacrifice. The author of the book used a lot of Christian connotations within the story. In the Christian Bible Christ is the sacrifice for mankind. The author used this to guide his story to show how the greatest of love includes sacrificing ones own happiness for another. The girl loves her long beautiful hair. It is the only wealth that she has and she combs out its beauty. The man is very proud of his watch and he looks at it with love because it came from his family. Each of them sacrifices the one thing that they love and have for something greater, the love of one another.