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Rob Reynolds In the short stories The Gift of the Magi and The Necklace there are many things that can noticed that are similar The settings of these two stories are very similar first of all they both occur around fall or winter They also occur around the turn of the century Both of the families are middle to low-class There are little if any differences in settings except for that they most likely occur in different towns In The Necklace and The Gift of the Magi the plots are in many ways different In the Necklace a lady wants to wear nice clothes and jewelry to a party She borrows a diamond necklace from a good friend and loses it She and her husband take out loans and buy a new one with real diamonds After years of poverty from paying for the necklace the couple discovers the diamonds are fake in the original necklace In The Gift of the Magi a woman sells her hair to buy her husband a watch chain only to come home to find that her husband sold his watch to buy her some hair combs There are many similarities though the women in both stories need to get something and get it only to end up with something worse than before The plots of these stories are good to contrast and compare because they have so many similarities but at the same time they are so different There arent many similarities in the theme of these stories at all They teach totally different lessons For example The Necklace teaches you to tell the truth about things when theyre your responsibility and dont try to cover them up The Gift of the Magi teaches you not to give up your most valued items for someone because its the thought that counts The only similarity is that both
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