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In the short story The Gift of the Magi by O Henry the couple Mr and Mrs Dillingham Young sacrificed their most prized possessions for one another They did this in order to buy each other nice Christmas presents Dellas most prized possession was her beautiful hair that she cut off and sold for the money Jims was his gold watch which he also sold so that he could buy Della a gift Della and Jim both sold their favorite things to buy each other something special Della bought Jim a platinum chain for his watch Jim bought Della tortoise shell clips for her hair Since both had given up their most prized possessions for each other the gifts were worthless but very special in their eyes In this short story the author presents a wonderful example of a true love story It paints a picture of how true love should be and the sacrifices required to have a relationship like these two people hadThe author O Henry tells the story of this couple from a narrators perspective The narrator of the short story is the observer of the events that are occurring between the couple The author of this story chose to not reveal in words the feelings between the couple The words however are spoken in the couples actions The love between them is shown by them giving up something they love to be able to buy something special for their partner To understand the true love between the couple the reader must look deeper then what is just on the surface Along with the narrator in the story explaining the love between them it is also shown through the charactersThe characters in this particular short story are very realistic and many people can relate to them in some way or another For example almost anyone can relate to them in the way that around Christmas time people like to buy nice things
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