It got her $20.00 though. She went and got her husband a gift with that money but was then worried about how her husband would see her. The second literary element that I saw was the husband’s sacrifice. The husband went and sold his expensive watch because he too wanted to get his wife something special for Christmas. He actually bought her a set of beautiful combs for her beautiful hair.
It told us a very beautiful love story. The mistress of the home-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 some day to dry just to depreciate Her Majesty's jewels and gift." But she is often tortured with poverty. It took her several months to save one dollar and eighty-seven cents. But she insisted buying a Christmas present by disposing of her hair.
The conflict is supposedly the moment where the "problem" in the story appears, but this story began right from the first with a problem. In "Gift of the Magi" the point of conflict actually solves the first problem and replaces it with a second. By selling her hair, Della gets the money to buy Jim a great present, eliminating the first problem through decisive action. Shortly thereafter she finds the perfect present, so neither the money nor the present is the issue any longer. But now there's a new problem: will Jim be pleased by Della's action and appreciate her gift, or will he be angry with her for parting with the hair he loved so much?
Unlike Matildhe, Della was caring and considerate. She had less money, but didn't selfishly complain. She was content with the way she lived. All Della wanted was enough money to buy her husband a nice watch chain for Christmas. In order to collect the money needed for the chain, she selflessly sold her long, beautiful hair.
An example of a short story where the lesson is taught with the help of the surprise ending is Gift of the Magi by O. Henry. The couple in Gift of the Magi makes sacrifices for each other in order to buy Christmas gifts. At the end, we learn that their gifts backfire and the couple learns a life lesson that love is priceless. O. Henry uses irony in this story to bring out the humorous, yet cheerful twist at the end. The three different forms of irony are verbal, situational, and dramatic.
When Jim comes home, he looks at Della with an expression “that she could not read, and it terrified her.” Della then admits to Jim that she sold her hair to buy him his present. Jim gives Della her present — an array of expensive combs for her hair (referred to as “The Combs”). Della then shows Jim the chain she bought for him, to which Jim says he sold his watch to get the money to buy her combs. Although Jim and Della are now left with gifts that neither one can use, they realize how far they are willing to go to show their love for each other. The story ends with the narrator comparing the pair's mutually sacrificial gifts of love with those of the Biblical Magi: The magi, as you know, were wise men – wonderfully wise men – who brought gifts to the new-born King of the Jews in the manger.
Short Story Essay - Relationships In "The Gift of Magi" Della and Jim’s relationship is special because they are both very caring and just want to get money for the gifts. Della cut off her hair and sold it to buy a chain to go with Jim's watch. Then Jim turns around and sells his watch to get Della the hair combs she has been dreaming of, and looking at through the window. Della’s hair and Jim’s watch was something they both took mighty pride in, but they loved each other enough to risk selling their most valuable things. The thing that makes the story come to life the most is the fact that no matter what they do, they still love each other at the end of every day.
In the Gift of the Magi a wife and husband want to get each other something special, the husband has an adored pocket watch with no chain, and the wife has wonderful luscious long hair. They both love each other very much so, which is why, they both do something much unexpected. First, the husband goes out to work, and the wife contemplates on whether to get him a chain for his cherished pocket watch. While at work, he decides to get her a comb for her luscious long hair, but to do that, he had to sell his watch. Then, she goes and sells her hair to get the chain for his watch.
JinPyo Hong ESL33B 10/22/2014 The gift of the magi It was right before Christmas. Jim and Della were considering buying Christmas gift for each other. Only one problem is that they do not have much money. It was a little ridiculous, but they decided to sell the most precious things and buy Christmas gift. Della sold her beautiful long hair and bought a platinum fob chain for Jim who has a watch with an old leather strap, and Jim sold his watch and bought the set of comb for Della who has beautiful long hair.
The tone was set by O. Henry through his tactic to the status quo irony by letting us think in the beginning of the story that Della is modestly going to sell her hair to give her husband Jim a Christmas gift. Conversely, we soon find out that this is not an unpretentious give-and-take of Christmas gifts. Though, as it turns out, Della sells her hair to get her Jim a handsome chain for the watch that he no longer keep because he sold it to buy Della the hair combs that she has always wanted but can no longer use because she sold all of her hair. This circumstances irony creates a spiral to the story and encourages the use of uncertainty and irony. The reader is made
This shows that Della is willing to do anything to make her husband happy. Secondly she is caring with her money. She shows this when she ransacked the store for her husband’s chain, “She found it at last… it was a platinum fob chain simple and crate in design… she know that is must be Jims” (O.Henry106). This show that she want her husband to like his best. Della hair is not the most important thing to her her husband is.
Della wants to buy Jim something for Christmas but she only has $1.87 What is the climax? The climax is when Della gives Jim the watch chain, only to discover he sold his watch as she sold her hair. What is the resolution? The narrator compares the couple to the Magi What is literary device is used in the title? Allusion; alluding to the Magi; biblical allusion; the allusion is in the word 'Magi' What is the hook?
It took her several months to save a mere dollar and eighty-seven cents. That being said she wanted nothing more than to buy a Christmas present for her true love and given her circumstances did so by bydisposing of her hair. “Though she was sad before her hair fell down, she did it up again nervously and quickly." Though the brilliant sparkle still in her eyes, for her Jim, she went out to trade off her hair for twenty dollars. The next tow hours tripped by on rosy wings.
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.
By doing so, he was able to present to the readers how deprived Jim and Della lived by being able to separate from the story and tell us about Jim and Della’s home. Della’s prize possession was her beautiful hair, and for Jim it was a pocket watch. These things gave them something to talk about. O Henry was able to relate to us this short story and attached the couple to the Magi. The Magi were wise men who brought gifts for baby Jesus in a manger.
Jim wants to give the perfect gift but he is short in money. He thinks of all possible gift he can buy for his love and suddenly it comes to his mind how much his wife love her hair. So he decides to buy her a comb. Jim and Della are really worried about each. They take time to figure out what each other will appreciate as a gift.
I will illustrate the events that took place in the short story and point out the irony that is taking place. The irony the characters present teaches the reader about sacrifice and love in marriage. Della decides to buy a chain for Jim, but Jim cannot wear the chain without the watch because Jim decides to buy combs for Della, which can’t be used as well because Della sells her hair to afford the watch for Jim. The “Gift of the Magi” includes a tone of irony throughout the short story because of the unexpected situations that happen. In a desperate tone, one dollar and eighty seven cents presents the couples situation because Della doesn’t have much time nor money to buy Jim a nice gift, nor does Jim for Della and the irony begins when the couple begins their hunt for the perfect gift.
The next day was Christmas and Della had been able to save only a dollar and eightyseven cents from her housekeeping. She realized that she could not buy a gift worthy of him with that paltry sum. While pondering over the gloomy state of things Della suddenly had a brilliant idea. She thought of selling her only precious possession- her luxurious hair to fetch her money for Jim’s gift. This flash of inspiration made her eyes sparkle when she stood before the mirror to survey her hair.
The majority of this story explains Della’s love for her husband, Jim. It is particularly apparent from the first paragraph the amount love and respect Della has for him. This is highlighted when Della sells her fantastic, long, treasured hair to buy Jim a gift for Christmas as she had only managed to ‘‘scrape’’ (p.2) $1.87 from her hard earnings. Not only had she worked tirelessly to earn enough money to keep them eating and living under a roof, she wanted to do more to surprise the man she cared for. At this point, I was sure it was Della that worshipped her husband and he was not so devoted to his wife.
Close Reading O. Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” really pulls at the heart strings with its central theme. I believe the theme of this great Christmas story is how even though the gifts were not useful, the sacrifices made and the actual giving of the presents, is way more important than what the gifts were. In the end of this story, the narrator explains how “two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest.” (Henry n.page). They are wise because they gave up their precious belongings for the person they loved.