takes to make them happy and show that you care. The grey cat that Della owns symbolizes sadness and a loss of hope. Jim and Della live in poverty and they do not have a lot to their name besides dullness. The gold watch that Jim owns represents the long love that he has towards Della because gold does not rust or go away just like the love he has for Della. He decides to give that up so he can get her a gift for Christmas. The watch also symbolizes success. People that wear gold are known to be successful in this society. His watch was passed down from generation to generation, so it has sentimental value to it. The combs represent happiness because Jim gifts Della her favorite ones because he knew that it would make her happy. Della’s hair represents sacrifice because that is her prize possession. The author describes her hair as “rippling and shining like a cascade of brown water… making itself almost a garment” (Magi). She did not have a lot to her name besides her hair and that is what she cared about the most next to Jim. Della cutting her hair means that she will do anything to prove her undying love for Jim. The apartment that Jim and Della live in is a symbol of their poverty. They have a dirty carpet, an old couch, a cheap mirror and a broken doorbell. The two barely have any materialistic possessions, but what they lack in money they make up for with their everlasting love for each other. “The Gift of the Magi” takes place in the early 1900s in New York on Christmas Eve. During this time period, people with a small family have trouble finding a steady income. The story takes place in an apartment where Della and Jim live in an area where poverty is prominent. It is an old apartment that costs only $8 per week to live in. They have a dingy couch, the doorbell does not work and the old mailbox does not have any letters on it. This social setting
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