The couple accepted life the way it is since they obtain it without necessarily giving in to perceptions of despondency and depression. Della’s only instant of doubt rotates around the wellbeing of her husband. This particularly occurs upon seeking God’s involvement so that she could for ever stay beautiful in her husband’s eyes. Jim conceals the fear that he has over Della’s disappointment with an affected lack of concern upon requesting that they simply put away their Christmas gifts for a future that is not specified. It is at this juncture that he reveals that he sacrificed his valuable treasure to secure the desire of Della (Henry 38). His confidence that they would use these items in future offers an implicit thought that life would not remain static for them. The couple does not act in response to each other due to self-imposed sacrifice, goodness, or responsibility; they merely entrench the Christmas Eve and love twin spirits.The theme of value is evident at the beginning where O. Henry focused on their squalor; the broken doorbell, the shabby coach, the eight dollar flat, and the lack of a mirror. In spite of the writhing poverty, the author indicates that Jim would always come back home to be deeply hugged which is very important as far as the love the couple shared is concerned. The poverty they lived in seemed not to impact the cozy kind of life they led. In addition to that, the
Surname 5emotional and psychological value of being there for each other outweighed the fact that they lacked material wealth (Henry 39). The question of material verses integral value showed up again when Della bought Jim a chain for his watch. It was simple and virtuous in design, but its substance had value. Della likened this to her love Jim who in spite of the fact that he had a modest income he had inner value. In describing Jim’s watch as well as Della’s hair O. Henry compared them to the Biblical King Solomon and the beauty of the Queen of Sheba an insinuation that described how much thehair together with the watch meant to the couple. Even though they were not comparable to a profusion of jewels and treasures; this indicated that their value was subjective. The author made this visible upon asserting that there is no difference between eight dollars per week and a million dollars a whole year since even mathematicians would provide the wrong answer. This is all inherent in the theme of value in this short narrative (Henry 40). As far as the theme of love is concerned Della is preoccupied with the fact that the moneyshe saved out of pinching pennies might not be adequate to get his love Jim an admirable gift for Christmas. For her, the major obstacle posed by poverty to her being happy was the fact that it limited how she could express her love to Jim. Upon ending the twist, Jim drops on the coach and still affords a smile even though he knew that they both had useless gifts. However, even
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- Winter '13
- The Gift of the Magi, Santa Claus, Jim, Biblical Magi, Eve Della