which gave it a suspense and the rising action leading to finding the gift. The climax once when Jim first saw Della’s short hair. Della did not know what Jim’s reaction would be, but his reaction was just as a husband should react. As Dell said “I don’t think there’s anything in the way of a haircut or a shave or a shampoo that could make me like my girl any less” (Henry, n.d.). Another climax is when Jim gave Della her gift, there, we see why Jim was shocked about Della’s short hair. Jim bought a beautiful set of combs that Della has been worshipping in a Broadway window. Jim sold his watch which Della brought a chain that perfectly accompany it. Now they’ve both brought gifts that are useless at the moment; Jim told Della to put aside their presents and just enjoy the Christmas meal (chops) that she had made. With all the problems they faced, they resolve it by the love they have for each other because it is priceless. The symbolism in O. Henry’s (n.d.) “ The Gift of the Magi” is in Biblical terms. Queen of Sheba and King Solomon draws an image of how priceless and precious Della’s hair and Jim’s watch is. The other symbolism is comparing Della and Jim to the three wise men who were kings who offered Jesus three gifts (gold, frankincense, and myrrh).
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