generosity is shown because they both love their prized possession, but are willing to sell their possessions in order to make the other one happy. Although they are poor, they are both very richin their generosity for the other. Wealth and poverty are important themes in the story as well. While financially poor, Della and Jim prove to be emotionally rich. The love they have for each other overshadows their poverty. A literary element used by the author is allusion, which is a reference to a well-known person, place, event, or piece of literature. The title is a Biblical allusion to the magi, the three wise men who traveled a great distance on the night of Christ’s birth to give him the gifts ofgold, frankincense, and myrrh. In this allusion, Jim and Della represent the three wise men, giving each other the gift of love, even though their presents no longer have any use. Another literacy element used is metaphor, which is a comparison between two unlike things that share similar qualities. This would be the comparison between Jim and Della and the Magi. Finally, another literacy element used is simile, which is the comparison between two things using like oras. The simile I seen was the description of Della’s hair, “So now Della’s beautiful hair fell abouther rippling and shining like a cascade of brown waters” (Clugston).The literacy elements illustrate the theme and conflict in the store by showing the reference of the three wise men, to be able to give gifts to each other even though they are poor. The story shows how Della and Jim may be poor but they are rich in love. Reference:Clugston, R. W. (2014).Journey into literature(2nd ed.)[Electronic version]. Retrieved from
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- Summer '09
- Literature, Santa Claus, Della, Biblical Magi, Frankincense, Myrrh