saving every penny she could for months … planning for something nice for him” (O. Henry). It is important for her to buy Jim a nice gift, but Della now faces the fact that even though she has saved, her penny pinching was simply not enough for the amount she needed. Della then faces internal conflict as she tries to come up with ways to get more money. Jim, Della’s husband, also faces the internal conflict of thinking of how he can support his family on his reduced income, “The ‘Dillingham’ had been... paid $30 per week. Now, when the income was shrunk to $20 ”
Vu 2 (O.Henry). Both James and Della are in a state of poverty due to Jame's lack of income, but they want to show their love for each other and find creative ways to earn money for each others gifts. Also, Jim and Della come to sacrificing their own because of their love. Jim and Della sell their most prized possessions in order to afford Christmas gifts for one another. Della sells her hair in order to have enough money to buy the chain for Jim’s watch “ I had my hair cut off and sold because I couldn’t have lived through Christmas without giving you a present” (O. Henry). This shows that she puts Jim's happiness before her own needs. Through this, the author enables the reader to appreciate Della’s love for Jim. On the other hand, Jim sacrifices by selling
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