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The Gift of Magi, O Henry, (1860),

 What choices does the character make, and how do the choices (or the result of the choices) contribute to the theme of the story?

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Sep 28th, 2015

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The story revolves around a young couple who have nothing but love to live on, they are very poor.  It centers around the theme of unconditional love and the sacrifice the two characters are willing to make for each other.  Della and Jim both want to buy each other a Christmas gift but they have no money.  Della sells her beautiful long hair to buy a chain for Jim's gold watch and Jim sells his gold watch to buy some hair combs for Della's beautiful hair.  The message is that each is willing to sell their only valued possession to please the other since their "real" valuable possession is each other and their love.  When they both learn that their gifts no longer serve a purpose, because they have sold the items related to them, they are not unhappy about their choices.  In fact, they rejoice at the fact that they have each other and that is the only gift that really matters.  They see that material possessions don't matter to either of them and they know that their love for each other is pure, genuine and the ultimate gift.  It is a powerful message that rings true for any time period and any two people that experience true unconditional love.  They are bonded through their hearts and nothing is more valuable to either of them than each other. 

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Sep 28th, 2015

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