Summary and Analysis - 'The Gift of the Magi'

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The Gift of the Magi The “Gift of the Magi” is a short story about a young couple named Della and James, who turn into the Magi in giving Christmas presents by sacrificing an item of their own to get a gift for each other in love. To Della and James, love is more valuable than any other treasure. The beginning of the story describes how Della desperately wants to buy a Christmas gift for her husband that she know he’ll be proud of but she only has $1.87. Della often suffered from poverty so it took her a while just to save that money, but she insisted on buying a gift for James. Della had such beautiful hair “that if the Queen of Sheba had lived in the flat across the airshaft, she would have let her hair hang out the window someday just to dry just to depreciate Her Majesty’s jewels and gifts. Later on in the day Della went to a shop called “Mme. Sofronie. Goods of All Kinds” and asked the woman in the shop if she wanted to buy her hair, and the woman agreed to buy her hair for twenty dollars. Della happily accepted her offer. While ransacking through stores she found a platinum fob chain that James could wear on his watch the he cherished. When James came home and saw that his wife had cut her hair he was shocked to see that Della’s hair wasn’t as long as it used to be. When Della saw the look on James’ face she told him about how she had to cut her hair and sell because she couldn’t live through Christmas knowing that she couldn’t buy a Christmas gift for James. The change the between the two of them Della went to get the gift she bought for James. When she gave James the chain he still couldn’t get over the fact that Della had cut her hair and because of this Della began to feel bad cause was starting to think that James didn’t think she was beautiful anymore, then he reassured her that there isn’t a shave, cut, or shampoo that could make him love his
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