The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

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"Material possession is not as important as true love." Discuss with reference to "The Gift of the Magi."

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This is an excellent story to prove that material possessions are completely worthless in comparison to love. The poverty of Jim and Della is stressed from the very first paragraph of this story:

One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealing implied. Three times...

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