Why is Jim so proud of his watch?
Jim’s watch holds sentimental value for him as well, having been passed down from generation to generation. In this way, the watch represents Jim’s ties to the family he grew up in—the family he leaves in order to make a new family with Della.
Why would O’Henry put an emphasis on the number three for the story?
In the Bible, three is a symbol of completeness and certainty. By alluding to the three magi who visited the infant Jesus with gifts and by repeating three times that Della and Jim gave the “wisest” gifts of all, O. Henry adds a sense spiritual certainty or blessedness to the wisdom of their sacrifices.
How would the story change if it were told completely from Jim’s perspective?
The story centers on three valuables: Jim’s Gold watch, Della’s hair, and their love for each other. For instance, how would the story change if it were told completely from Jim’s perspective. One reason to tell the story from Della’s perspective is that her choice was more difficult and more life changing than Jim’s.
What is the conclusion of the Gift of Magi?
The conclusion of “The Gift of the Magi” is that, though Jim and Della were foolish in buying each other useless gifts, in doing so they nonetheless showed the real value of giving. They are wise in that they understand that the act of gift-giving involves love.
Which excerpt from The Gift of the Magi best infers the value Della places on her hair?
Answer: It would be “So now Della’s beautiful hair fell about her rippling and shining like a cascade of brown waters.”
Which sentence best summarizes Della’s thoughts about her husband in The Gift of the Magi?
“She loves her husband enough to give him a very costly gift” is the answer.
What is some imagery in The Gift of the Magi?
One example of imagery from the first paragraph of the story uses color and figurative language to describe Della’s reaction to not having enough money to buy a decent Christmas present. The color imagery is burning cheeks, which gives the reader a strong impression that Della was ashamed at asking for lower prizes.