● Resolution ○ Jim reveals that he sold his watch to buy a comb for her hair. They both realize that their love is stronger than any material objects. ○ Jim made a similar sacrifice to Della and even though their presents are useless, they’ve demonstrated their great love towards one another. Literary Analysis Key Ideas and Details 1. a. Della sells her most prized possession which was her long brown hair to the Madame Sofronie for $20 b. That she cares for Jim very much and is selfless because she sold her hair for Jim’s
present 2. a. Jim is shocked almost still when he first sees Della’s short hair b. He reacts this way since he had bought a comb by selling his watch for her hair, he is also shocked that Della would make such a sacrifice c. Della misunderstands Jim, thinking that he doesn't like her hair as cited on page 56, “don’t look at me that way…It’ll grow again - you won’t mind, will you? I just had to do it. My hair grows awfully fast.” This shows that Della is worried and tries to convince Jim that her hair will grow back if he doesn’t like it. 3. a. That they love both love each other immensely, and that they would sacrifice anything to make each other happy. When Jim states, “I sold the watch to get the money to buy your comb.” This shows that both Della and Jim gave up something they loved to give the other person a present.
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