Historical Context in The Gift of the Magi
Historical Context Examples in The Gift of the Magi:
The "magi" is a reference to the Biblical Magi who brought gifts to Jesus when he was born. The Biblical Magi are often referred to as the Three Wisemen or the Three Kings. In the Biblical story, the Magi followed the star of Bethlehem to Jesus's manger and bestowed gold, frankincense, and myrrh upon him. These gifts established the Christian tradition of gift giving on Christmas Day. The final reference compares Jim and Della's gifts to those of the Magi: wise gifts that demonstrate their love for each other and the true spirit of the holiday.
During the time this was published, $8 per week would be the rent for a lower-middle class apartment in New York City. The fact that it is furnished, and still a low price, means the apartment itself is in extremely poor condition.