"The Gift of the Magi" (conflict)

"The Gift of the Magi" (conflict)

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  • Pennies saved one or two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the veggie man and the butcher until one's cheeks burned with the silent imputation of parsimony that such close dealed implied.
  • There was clearly nothing to do, but flop down on the flabby couch and howl.
  • Don't you like me just as well, anyhow? I'm me without my hair, ain't I?
  • This quote shows man vs self conflict because it shows how it's hard to save and earn money to pay for anything. Shows us that Della's family struggles with money. This leads to Della being frustrated at herself.
  • This quote shows man vs self conflict because Della is frustrated with herself and how she's only scraped up $1.87. This leads to her decision to sell her hair.
  • This quote shows man vs self conflict because Della is nervous about whether or not Jim will still like her without her hair. She doesn't trust herself. Jim tells her that he'll love her no matter her hair or looks.
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