What is the theme of the story The gift of the Magi written by O. Henry?

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Another theme is the material value or materialism. Here these folks are economically stretched. When they each give up an item for the other, it happens to be the most important item or object in the world to them. This shows that their relationship is of more value than things which is a strong point O. Henry is trying to make.

On the flip side, as each receive an item from each other because the items required to use the new gifts are gone, they have absolutely no value. So now, rather than them both having something they value, what they have materially is worthless and all they are left with is their relationship. This may not be such a bad deal after all.

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One of the major themes in the short story "The Gift Of The Magi" by O Henry is the gift of giving - particularly in a loving marital relationship. The word Magi is significant in this theme as it is a reference to the Magi or three wise men/kings in the story of the Nativity of Jesus Christ in the christian religion at Christmas. Magi is another name for men of knowledge or wisdom - you may notice the similarity with the word magic. of course, another related theme is the idea of wisdom - so not only giving but wise and prudent giving. Jim and Della have love and lots of it, for each other. They also have generosity and unselfishness - but do they have wisdom in the manner of their giving and loving and in their choice of gifts?

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