Themes in The Gift of the Magi
Love: Love is the central theme in The Gift of Magi. Living in abject poverty, Jim and Della sell their most prized possessions in order to afford Christmas gifts for one another. Their actions demonstrate their willingness to sacrifice material goods for their love. Jim sells his beloved watch to buy Della combs for her hair; Della sells her hair to buy Jim a chain for his watch. While both sacrifices render the gifts they buy pointless, the narrative shows how it is the sentiment, rather than the gift itself, that truly matters.
Themes Examples in The Gift of the Magi:
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"A mathematician or a wit would give you the wrong answer..." See in text (The Gift of the Magi)
"let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest..." See in text (The Gift of the Magi)
"ONE DOLLAR AND eighty-seven cents..." See in text (The Gift of the Magi)
"I sold the watch to get the money to buy your combs..." See in text (The Gift of the Magi)