"The Gift of the Maji" conflict
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"Tomorrow would be Christmas day, and she (Della) only had $1.87 to buy Jim a present"
"if Jim dosen't kill me" she said to herself., Before he takes a second look at me, he'll say i'm a Coney Island chorus girl. But what could I do, oh what could i do with a dollar and eighty seven cents.
"There was a expression in them (his eyes) she could not read, and it terrified her. It was not anger,nor surprise,nor disapproval,nor horror,nor any of the sentiments that she had been prepared for. He simply started at her fixedly with that peculiar expression on his face"
The quotes relates to the literary device of conflict because Della not having enough money to buy Jim a gift leads to all the other conflicts in the short story like her cutting her hair for more money etc.
This is conflict because its man .vs. self. Della has a conflict with herself about her hair. she battles the fact that she cut her hair and what Jim's feeling about that will be.
Jim's expression tworads Della and her hair is conflict because all the other conflicts in the story like her needing money and her cutting her hair all lead up to the major ending conflict and resolution of what Jim thinks.
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