never easy” (par 30). When Jim comes home, Della finds out that her lovely husband sold his heirloom. This helped Jim to buy the expensive combs that he wouldn’t have been able to afford before (par 48). As I mentioned earlier, the theme of this story is a selfless love that is above and beyond everything. Della and Jim sold the most valuable things they owned to make each other feel special and happy. The most beautiful par t of this story is that both put each other’s happiness before their own and made it a priority. What Jim had was so precious to him, as the writer states “it had belonged to his father and father of his father” (par 10). In my opinion, the watch
Mkrtchyan represents the future that Della and Jim wanted to spend together, and by selling it, Henry wanted to show that their love is timeless and eternal. Della’s hair, I think, represents her youth, and cutting it meant that she gave her best years to her beloved husband Jim. Combs which Jim got for Della represents his love for her, and the chain Della got for Jim is a symbol of her love for him. Also, the chain represents connection and was golden because gold doesn’t rust or fade. The word “magi” in the story refers to three wise men from the Bible who bring precious gifts to Jesus at his birth. It is said that they are the ones who invented the giving of Christmas gifts.
- Spring '14
- The Gift of the Magi, Jim, Della, Biblical Magi, Star of Bethlehem