The Gift of Magi


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The plot diagram of a story is a tool that is commonly used to organize a story into certain segments. It also gives the framework for analyzing and understanding written prose. The plot diagram in "The Gift of the Magi" is a simple yet powerful one. Exposition: Jim and Della want to buy gifts for each other, but neither one has the money to do this. They are a young couple who don't have extra money for gifts. They love each other very much and want to buy a gift for one another. Rising Action: Della gets her hair cut off to get the money to buy a chain for Jim's watch. Jim sells his watch to buy hair combs for Della's beautiful hair. Climax: Jim finds out Della cut her hair and can't use the combs, and Della finds out Jim sold his watch and can't use the chain for his watch. The two get rid of the very thing the other bought a gift for. The love they have for each other outweighs them getting rid of the material things. Resolution: Jim and Della find out that it doesn't matter if they get each other gifts, just because they don't have the money. Them not being able to buy the gifts doesn't mean that they don't love one another. This is a wonderful story about love and sacrifice. The love Jim and Della have for each other is the best gift of all.

Storyboard Text

  • Mme. Sofronie. Hair Goods of All Kind.
  • Set in New York City Della and Jim, a poor couple, struggle to buy Christmas gifts for each other.
  • Della is poor and only has $1.87 to buy her husband a gift. Which is not enough money.
  • Della decides to sell her hair for money so she can purchase a gift worth of Jim. She gets $20 and chooses to purchase Jim a platinum watch chain.
  • Della and Jim exchange gifts and realize that neither of them can uses them.
  • They decide to put their gifts away until they can both use them.
  • Despite their errors Della and Jim remain in love with one another and learn a valuable lesson about sacrifice and love.
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