In this way, thegifts that the two loving spouses give each other become symbols ofthe passionate love that they feel for each other and that willnever be extinguished by their poverty. Her beautiful brown hair needed combs to keep them flowing like a waterfall. Although she sheds a tear or two over the hair, really it doesn't seem to affect her that much. From an entirely practical perspective, this doesn't make much sense because they can't enjoy the gifts that are supposed to make them happy. And the reason that they were called kings is that in those days it was the custom for the philosophers and wise men to be rulers. Moreover the course of stylistics helped me a lot in seeing literature from a different angle.
Della sells her hair to buy Jim a chain for his watch. But as poor as they are in money terms, they are rich in love for each other. As The Gift of the Magi unfolds, both sell their most prized possession to pay for a gift for the other. You can help us out by revising, improving and updating this section. James Dillingham Young came home and reached his flat above he was called 'Jim' and greatly hugged by Mrs. The couple has very little money and lives in a modest apartment.
She doesn't know what his feelings are. But this story deals with the situational Irony. Another conflict found in the story is the conflict Della has with herself after she cuts her hair. Jim Dillingham: Jim is described as a young man, worn out by the world around him. King Solomon of Israel, a rich king from the Old Testament, was visited by the Queen of Sheba because she wanted to test his wisdom. They were wise because they learned in the end that any material goods in the world were not worthy of their love for each other. Henry ,Jim and Della … have been called the magi because they were very wise in giving gifts to each other The magi in the gift of the magi were Jim and Della, the two lovers living in a dingy flat.
Della had nothing to do but howl — dolefully like a wolf. The Gift of the Magi has a surprisingly beautiful and satisfying ending. These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. Both sell their most prized possessions in order to pay for a gift for the other at Christmas time. Plot Summary: Jim and Della Dillingham are a poor, young married couple who don't have enough money to buy Christmas gifts. A professional writer for LexisNexis since 2008, Ilana Waters has created pages for websites such as ComLawOne.
At seven o'clock, Jim arrives home, and is unnerved when she opens the door. We are thankful of their contributions and encourage you to make your own. James Dillingham, at home called Jim is the only breadwinner for the family. We are thankful of their contributions and encourage you to make your own. The story's setting at Christmas time makes it a popular story for the holiday season. Chain Like the combs, the watch chain is a symbol of the wife's love for her husband. She had sold her hair but it will grow again quick, she tried to convince her husband thinking he was shocked to see her.
Compare the elements of irony in with. It is used to draw our attention to the main problem — lack of money. The narrator thinks Della and Jim are the greatest gift-givers of all time, because their love has caused them to give unselfishly and at great cost. She is satisfied to have bought the gift and when she returns home her heart is glad and satisfied and her mind has grown quiet. Because ultimately the story wants us to think about what it means to be truly rich. And the next day would be Christmas. She has just as much emotional attachment to her hair as he did to his watch.
Another person we meet in the story is Madame Sofronie. Discuss how coming to terms or resolving the conundrum is important. Essay prompt 2: Think of an incident which you consider ironic in your own life or relate a movie or story where irony is central to the plot. We also learn of Jim's kindness and love for his wife through his gestures and his kind words. Reports differ as to whether they were actually present at the birth, or arrived afterwards.
As the story closes, Jim tells Della that he sold the watch to purchase a gift for her -- jeweled hair combs. What we find later in the story is that in order to buy Della a good Christmas present, Jim has sold his watch. Della is confused by his reaction. Della's actions foreshadowed Jim's actions. Henry focuses mainly on three great themes -those of poverty, generosity, and most important of all - love. In short, the main idea is that the best gift is that which is mostsincere and comes from the bottom of the heart instead of anextravagant, lavish possession that would bring nothing to thewarmth of the human relationship. Each person was willing to give up one of their most valuable possessions in order to buy the other something for a special occasion.
Jim did not say anything but gave Della a hug. Now reading a story I first of all different stylistic devices. The story goes about a young couple who are short of money but desperately want to buy each other Christmas gifts. Living with limited resources, he is feeling poorer at the arrival of Christmas. . 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.