Irony Della cut off and sold her hair to buy a chain for Jim’s watch, but Jim sold his watch to buy a comb for Della’s hair. The irony in this situation greatly impacts the whole story. It showed Della and Jim’s foolishness, even though, their intentions were pure. The turnout was quite unfortunate. Allusion “The magi, as you know, were wise men—wonderfully wise men—who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents. Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication.” Della and Jim wanted to give each other the perfect gifts despite the costs. They could’ve given each other cheap gifts, but instead they both made the sacrifice of selling their most prized possession in order to pay for their gift. Like the magi, Della and Jim only gave each other the finest gifts they could. Unfortunately and ironically, Della and Jim consequently don’t have use for them anymore.
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