“As soon as she saw it she knew that it must be Jim’s. Quietness and value.” The love that Della has for her husband is great and she adores him with all her heart. Della returns home with Jim’s gift and cannot wait for Jim to come home to give it to him. Now, looking at herself in the mirror with her short hair due to her selflessness in order to buy Jim the perfect gift. She begins to worry about the way she looks and how it will affect Jim. Della starts to talk to herself and tries to convince herself that she made the correct decision on selling her hair. She whispers to herself, “Please God, make him think I am still pretty.” Della prepares the dinner for both of them and is waiting for Jim to come home. When her husband returns to their apartment, he is shocked to see her new haircut. “His eyes were fixed upon Della, and there was an expression in them that she could not read, and it terrified her.” Della tries to explain to Jim why she cut her hair, it is all about her love for him. She tells him, “Maybe the hairs of my head were numbered, but nobody could ever count my love for you.” Jim surprises her by presenting her a gift, a set of combs with jeweled rims for her long shinny hair. Touched by his thoughtfulness, Della assures him that her hair will grow back. While Della gives Jim his gift, she realizes that he is no longer have his pocket watch on. Jim recommends they should put their gifts away and enjoy dinner together. The two main characters in “The gift of the Magi” gave up their priceless possessions in order to afford to buy gifts for each other on Christmas Eve. We can see that Della makes the sacrifice of her hair and Jim of his pocket watch to have enough money for gifts. They prove that the most important gift is love for each other and not a watch or even beautiful hair as the story describes, “But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts
these two were the wisest. Of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi.”
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- Spring '20
- English, Santa Claus, Della