"The Gift of the Magi" (irony)
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I sold the watch to get the money to buy your combs
I had my hair cut off and sold it because I couldn't have lived through Christmas without giving you present.
Let's put our Christmas presents away and keep'em a while. They're too nice to use just at present. I sold my watch to get the money to buy your combs. And now suppose you put the chops on.
But in a last word to the wise of these days, let it be said of that all who gives gifts, these two were the wisest, of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are the wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the Magi.
With her cut so short, Della has no use for the combs: i's ironic because Della sol her hair to buy Jim a gift. This helps the reader understand the love and sacrifices that they have made for each other to get the perfect gift.
Instead of get upset about the gifts they can't use, Jim is happy to move past the situation and eat dinner. This example of irony helps us understand that even though they can't use the presents right away, one day in their future they will be able to.
Jim and Della although apparently "foolish" in the eyes of the world, ironically com closest to the original spirit of present giving. This example helps the reader understand that Jim and Della not made a foolish yet the wisest choice of their presents.
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