the doorbell does not work and the old mailbox does not have any letters on it. This social setting shows how two humble people are willing to sacrifice their prized possession for love. Della sold
Smith 3 her hair to get a gift for her husband, while Jim sold his gold watch so that he could buy Della a gift. The setting is important in the story because it revolves around an area where people do not come from much. It also sets the mood throughout the story because the apartment is dull and depressing which directly correlates to the mood of Della and Jim. The irony of “The Gift of the Magi” starts outs by Jim and Della selling their most valuable possessions to buy a gift for their significant other. The gift they buy for one another is supposed to go with their prized possession that they sold. Jim sells his watch so he can buy the combs for Della’s hair that she really wanted and Della sells her hair to get money to buy a chain for Jim’s watch. “His eyes were fixed upon Della, and there was an expression in them that she could not read and it terrified her.” (Magi). When Della sees his facial expression to her cutting her hair, she says “Jim, darling … don’t look at me that way. I had my hair cut off and sold because I couldn’t have lived through Christmas without giving you a present.” (Magi). Jim later states that anything that she does with her hair could never make him love her any less. Once they exchange gifts, they tell each other what they had to do in order to purchase the gifts. Jim tells Della that he had to sell his watch to buy the combs right after Della says that she had to sell her hair to buy the chain. All they can do is laugh because at that moment they knew that their love for each other was real. They were both willing to sacrifice their prized possession so that
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