The Gift of the Magi

The Gift of the Magi
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  • Exposition
  • Jim and Della are a young couple struggling to make money.
  • I will do what it takes to get Della a present this year
  • I will get him a Christmas present no matter what!
  • Conflict 1
  • How will I buy Jim a Christmas present with this money?
  • Resolution 1
  • I bought Jim a fob chain for his Christmas present! It's made for him!
  • Jim and Della are a young couple struggline to make money to support each other. Despite their living conditions, they love each other very much.
  • Conflict 2
  • You've cut your hair?
  • Please God make him still think I am pretty
  • Look! I got you a fob chain!
  • Della sees an amazing Christmas present for Jim at a store. Although Della spent months saving up money, she was only left with one dollar and eighty-seven cents while the present was twenty-one dollars.
  • Climax
  • I sold my watch so I could buy you these combs
  • To make money for Jim's present, Della cuts off her knee-length hair Jim prizes very much. Della receives twenty dollars and pays for Jim's present.
  • Resolution 2 / Theme
  • Let's put our Christmas presents away and keep 'em awhile.
  • Jim walks through the door and immediately sees that most of Della's hair is gone. Della tries to brighten up by telling Jim about her Christmas present but Jim is fixated on her hair.
  • Jim reveals that he has sold his family heirloom to pay for Della's Christmas presents. This is the most important part of the story because at this moment how much they love each other is revealed. Della's hair is very important to her as is Jim's watch to Jim. To get each other a Christmas present, they were both willing to sacrifice something of theirs for the other's happiness
  • Jim and Della decide to put their gifts aside and calm down. Their ordeal is forgotten and Jim invites Della to sit on the couch. The theme is that if you truly love someone, you'll be willing to sacrifice your prized possession even if you lack much like in case of Jim and Della.
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