on the Magi and a summary of life in general: “Life is made up of sobs, sniffles and smiles, with sniffles predominating.” Irony “‘You say your hair is gone?’ he said, with an air almost of idiocy.” In “The Gift of the Magi,” there is situational irony between the two characters. In the story, Della sells her hair in order to buy her husband Jim a thoughtful Christmas present, a wristwatch chain for his watch. This quote is significant because Jim has sold his watch
to buy Della the combs for her hair. This situational irony depicts that both Jim and Della love for each other is strong through generosity and personal sacrifice. Allusion Queen of Sheba “The other was Della's hair. Had the queen of Sheba lived in the flat across the airshaft, Della would have let her hair hang out the window some day to dry just to depreciate her Majesty's jewels and gifts.” In the short story, there are allusions to the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon. The Queen of Sheba was a monarch in Ethiopia and King Solomon was the third kind in Israel. The fame of Solomon’s wisdom and wealth spread so vast that the Queen of Sheba wanted to meet him. The Queen came bearing and including gold, spices, and precious stones. He in turn shared his wisdom and wealth with her. According to the short story, Della’s hair is said to be so gorgeous that it would inspire envy in the Queen of Sheba, who herself was gorgeous and rich. Likewise, Jim’s watch would have been the envy of king Solomon. These references serve to show us how the value and beauty of Della's hair and Jim's watch by comparing it to royalty.
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