This act could also be considered an epiphany as both Della and Jim realized

This act could also be considered an epiphany as both

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This act could also be considered an epiphany, as both Della and Jim realized what was most important, sacrifice and love as both sacrificed what was most precious to them for the other. The analogy is found in the comparison of Della's hair to water as it says, “So, now Della’s beautiful hair fell about her rippling and shining like a cascade of brown waters.” (O. Henry, 1906). The technique of allusion is found whereas O’Henry compares Della and Jim to the wise men (Magi) who gave in presenting selfless gifts to Jesus at the manager. I loved how in ending the story, O’Henry finds a way of comparison in his overall tone when he says, “…a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. O all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi.” (O. Henry, 1906). References : Clugston, R. W. (2014). Journey into literature (2nd ed.) [Electronic version]. Retrieved from
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O. Henry. (1906). Gift of the Magi . Retrieved from
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