The author's idea is especiallyemphasized when both of the main characters discover that what theyhad received would not be of any use to them. This is where the tradition of gift giving on Christmas comes from. In fact, the thing that seems to bother Della most about losing her hair is that Jim likes it so much. Climax is when Jim sees Della and is speechless, Della has mixed feelings. In the Bible, Joseph and Mary, also a poor young couple, spend a night in a stable, where their baby was born in a manger and the three Magi came to worship and give gifts.
She wants to buy Jim a chain for his pocket watch, but they're all out of her price range. Jim Dillingham - The young man, married to Della, whose prized possession was an old pocketwatch with a leather strap. The author is the one telling us about the characters and the events of the plot, but we really only know whats going on with the character Della Dillingham. Henry, written and published in 1905. The Gift of the Magi has a surprisingly beautiful and satisfying ending. These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community.
After a few minutes, Jim pulls himself together and gives Della her gift. Their love is the strongest and their gifts most valuable. Henry often steps away and makes a wise remark, like this situation is something he's seen before. Jim and Della have proved their love and that they would go to any extent to see each other happy. She always wanted to look nice for Jim. It's the thought that counts. What they foolishly don't realize, however, is that they've given each other a greater gift: their sacrificial love.
Each makes thedecision without telling the … other. Henry again emphasizes the thematic difference between wisdom and foolishness in relation to the value of self-giving love. Henry creates a sharp contrast between their spectacular riches and the obvious poverty and Jim and Della. She barely seems to think of herself at all. She is excited to give it to him and her excitement momentarily cheers her. Madame Sofronie is rather unconversable. A professional writer for LexisNexis since 2008, Ilana Waters has created pages for websites such as ComLawOne.
It takes place at Christmas time and tells the story of Jim and Della Dillingham, a poor, young married couple who don't have enough money to buy each other Christmas gifts. Henry real name — William Sydney Porter — a famous American writer. Della's hair is said to be so gorgeous that it would inspire envy in the. Think of a situation in your own life that might be defined as ironic. Della still looked good and wonderful like a young school boy. Contact us via or Visit our for recommended works, supporting literacy instruction across all grade levels. Theme and Moral The Gift of the Magi is a classic example of irony in literature.
Hiding her tears, she jumps up and holds out her gift for Jim: the watch chain. Discuss the themes of sacrifice and love in the story. Jim did not say anything but gave Della a hug. The drabness of the setting in which Jim and Della live create a contrast with the atmosphere of Christmas and the warmth and richness of their love for each other. Plot Summary: Jim and Della Dillingham are a poor, young married couple who don't have enough money to buy Christmas gifts.
Many a happy hour she had spent planning for something nice for him. She would have better bought Jim a new overcoat and gloves — a practical thing, but she was a romantic figure, she valued Jim and she wanted to give him something special. Throughout the story, we learn of her kindness and love towards her husband Jim. She sells her hair for twenty dollars, giving her enough to buy an elegant chair for Jim's watch. Her hair is one of the couple's great treasures; it is thick and tumbles to her knees.
Della's actions foreshadowed Jim's actions. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Jim was a thin young man, aged twenty two. Please check out the link below. Beginning to read I was confronted right away with the problem. She admits that she sold her hair to buy his present.
Henry was the pen name of William Sydney Porter, who died in 1910. Henry is wise, almost in a sarcastic way, towards his story, the audience and the problems that occur. Those whom the Hebrews called scribes and the Greeks, philosophers, and the Latins, wise men, the Persians called Magi. You can help us out by revising, improving and updating this section. Henry's collection The Four Million on April 10, 1906. They are the ones that battle ag … ainst the common conflict of man against society or fate as they struggle to survive and make one another happy by sacrificing something important to each of them in order to make the other one happy.
Be good to me, for it went for you. Porter does not mention New York by name, but he refers to Coney Island, the city's most famous amusement park, located in the borough of Brooklyn. Porter does not mention New York by name, but he refers to Coney Island, the city's most famous amusement park, located in the borough of Brooklyn. No wise men visit Della and Jim. Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication.