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The definition of love is a deep tender ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person In The Gift of the Magi the two main characters possess a love for each other that is so strong that they are willing to sacrifice their greatest treasures for each other with no regrets Also they do not obsess over superficial things like appearances Therefore the moral of the story is that it is not the material things that matter it is the love you have for another person and the sacrifices you are willing to make for them This moral will become evident after examining the following three events that took place in the story after Della cut her hair Jamess love for her was not even minutely affected both James and Della gave up their most prized possession and Della saved every penny she could for a year so that she could buy James a special present for Christmas First of all after Della cut her hair Jamess love for her was not even minutely affected He loved her for who she was on the inside and could not have cared less about the appearance of her hair This point proven in the following quote spoken by James Dont make any mistake about me I dont think theres anything in the way of a haircut or a shave or a shampoo that could make me like my girl any less By not reacting negatively to Dellas drastic change in hairstyle it was shown that Jamess love for Della was much too strong to be impinged by something as trivial as a haircut Secondly both James and Della willingly gave up their most prized possessions so that they could buy exquisite gifts for each other for Christmas James sold his grandfathers priceless pocket watch so that he could get Della the combs she had been pining over and Della sold her beautiful hair so that
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