What kind of conflict (internal/external) did this character encounter, and how did he or she handle it? How does the setting contribute to the character’s development? How does the setting contribute to the character’s experience and give the story more meaning? Incorporate readings found in Chapters 4 through 7 to help illustrate the points you make. Della Dillingham, is the protagonist in the “Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry. The story is written from the limited omniscience point of view. Della is the protagonist of the story, and I find her interesting because she is completely selfless, loving and warm. The theme of the story is sacrifice, and Della gives up her most precious possession to give her husband a Christmas gift. Della’s external conflict is that tomorrow is Christmas eve and she has to buy Jim a present, but she only has $1.82. However, she is desperate to buy him something special, as she loves him so much. Internally, Della is faced with the decision to sell her most prized possession; her hair. Further, she fears the loss of her gorgeous locks will make less attractive to her husband. The dullness of the physical setting, the grey fence, the grey back yard and the grey cat illustrate how drab life is. But, this stands in sharp contrast of Della’s depth, warmth and rich love. I think the setting is critical to the meaning of the story, as despite their current financial constraints Della and Jim deeply love each other, and the give up what they hold most deer (besides one another) to make the other happy. As Clugston (2014) points out, Della and Jim, and their selfless gifts are among the wisest, “all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest,” (p. 64). Clugston, R. W (2014) Journey into literature (2nd ed.) [electronic version] retrieved from
You've reached the end of your free preview.
Want to read the whole page?
- Summer '09
- Meaning of life, Della, Della Dillingham, financial constraints Della