This shows his character as being greatly resilient when he faces many

This shows his character as being greatly resilient

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with his decrease in income and responsibility of a family, yet it does not crush his spirit. This shows his character as being greatly resilient when he faces many obstacles. Jim is likewise selfless with his gift to Della. He shows his great love for her through his sacrificial actions. Even without her beautiful hair, Jim displays his love for Della as a person without regard for her physical appearance. Through the plot, the author describes how Jim and Della sacrifice to obtain what they believe are precious gifts for each other at the time but in fact are merely objects. O. Henry starts “The Gift of the Magi” with Della completely distraught over the thought that she cannot provide a gift for Jim for Christmas. Through her ponderings, she has the idea that she can sell her hair, which is her most prized possession, to raise the money necessary to buy Jim’s gift. To accomplish this sacrifice she goes to Madame Sofronie, who pays her for the hair that is cut off. After scouring the various shops and stores, Della finally finds and then buys the perfect gift for Jim, a watch chain, to replace his worn-out leather strap. After returning home, Della anxiously awaits Jim’s return. As soon as Jim walks through the door and sees Della’s transformation, he is almost completely speechless. While Della tries to convince Jim of her reasons for selling her
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