The Gift of the Magi

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  • EXPOSITION
  • CONFLICT
  • RISING ACTION
  • WIG SHOP
  • When the story opens, Della and Jim are living in a simple flat on $20 a week. It is Christmas Eve and Della is lovingly dreaming of buying a gift for Jim.
  • CLIMAX
  • Della has only $1.87 to buy her husband a gift, which is not enough.
  • FALLING ACTION
  • Della decides to sell her hair for money so she can purchase a gift worthy of Jim. She gets $20 and uses it to purchase a platinum chain for Jim's heirloom watch.
  • RESOLUTION
  • Della and Jim exchange gifts. Jim has sold his watch to buy Della a beautiful set of combs. Neither one of them will be able to use their gifts.
  • Jim and Della decide to put their gifts away until they can both use them.
  • Despite their errors, Della and Jim still love one another, and learn a valuable lesson about sacrifice and love.
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