What is a good Literary Analysis focused on Della Young in "The Gift of the Magi"?

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Della is Jim Young's wife. She is counting the little money she has to buy her husband a christmas gift. $1.87 although she saved many months for that small amount. It is possibe to see her love for her huband through O'Henry's description: "Many a happy hour she had spent planning for something nice for him. Something fine and rare and sterling—something just a little bit near to being worthy of the honour of being owned by Jim."

Her hair is decribed in detail because it is her only possession. The words which the author uses to describe her hair are very spiritual, not just a monetary value-based description. She decides to "give up" her best part for her husband. It is like the Christianity story--God gave his only begotten son, to die on the cross so they we may live.... It is no wonder that it is set during the Christmas season. In any case, this shows something about Della's character. She willingly gives up her hair as a token of love. You could say that it was close to being a spiritual experience, whereby she would give up her best part so that others (the reader) can see what love truly is. OHenry's story is really the story of Christianity.