The Gift of the Magi

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  • Setting
  • Character (Motive)
  • I need to find a way to buy Jim a gift!
  • Conflict
  • Oh! Will Jim ever love me again? Now that I've cut my hair and sold it to buy him a chain? One of his two most prized possessions?
  • The setting allows the plot to develop because it gives the reader a idea of the characters economic status. For example, the author explain the "shabby old couch". The story takes place in a New York City apartment.
  • Climax
  • The characters motives moves the readers one step closer to figuring out the theme. The character wanted to buy her husband a gift, this is her motive.
  • Resolution
  • The conflict in the story shows the point of the theme. Della wanted to buy Jim a gift although she only had $1.87. She ended up selling her hair that Jim took pride in. If Della's love for Jim wasn't so grand, she wouldn't have been driven to cut her hair.
  • Theme
  • The climax develops the theme because it ties up all the loose ends. Jim arrived home with a comb for the once beautiful,long hair of Della's. Jim, having sold his watch so that he can buy a gift for Della, has no watch to put on the chain that Della bought him.
  • Jim and Della decide to put the gifts aside and wait for Della's hair to grow so she could use the combs and for Jim to buy a new watch so that he could use the chain that Della bought her..
  • The theme of the story is that with love comes sacrifice.
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