In the story "The Gift of the Magi", what are the two characters Della and Jim like?

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pmiranda2857 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Delia and Jim are poor. They are a loving married couple who are each selfless individuals.  They each sacrifice their prize possessions in order to obtain money to buy the other a Christmas gift.

"She is a pretty, slender young woman. Her long brown hair, when she lets it down, cascades past her knees."

"Delia again shows unselfishness, courage, and resilience, reminding him that her hair grows quickly and that she loves him."

"Delia's husband, Jim, is a thin, serious young man, twenty-two years old. O. Henry tells the reader what Jim is like,"

"Quietness and value—the description applied to both." He works hard, not returning home until seven o'clock, and is reliable: ''Jim was never late.''

troutmiller eNotes educator| Certified Educator

They are both selfless and giving.  They care more about each other and are willing to give up their most prized possessions to please the other.  However, they are either unlucky or are not very good planners--because they both ironically are unable to use the gifts they receive.