Imagine being poor, with only enough money to barely get by. Now, imagine Christmas is in a few days. It would be gut wrenching to not be able to get your significant other something they deserve. This crisis is one that the main character, Della, faces in “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry. Della continually shows her grief and sorrow in not being able to get her husband, Jim, a Christmas gift. As the story continues Della explains how she had tried everything to get more money but was unsuccessful. We don’t know what Jim is doing until the middle of the story where it is revealed that he is at work. We also don’t know what he thinks until the end of the story. As the it continues it is revealed that they have two prized possessions; Della’s long beautiful hair and Jim’s gold pocket watch he inherited from this father and grandfather. In the end, Della cuts and sells her hair to get money to get Jim a gift and Jim sells his pocket watch to get her a gift also. In “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry, one theme the author could convey is, if one loves someone it wouldn’t matter if they give something away that was treasured for the other; one could see this through Jim’s dialogue.
One should be willing to sacrifice something for the person you love. When Jim was on his way home from work and when he did get home, Della was terrified he wouldn’t love her because she cut her hair. After she kept reassuring him that her hair would grow back then Jim says, “Don’t make any mistake, Dell,” he said, ” about me. I don’t think there’s anything in the way of a haircut or a shave or a shampoo that could make me like my girl any less.” (107) Jim said ‘Don’t make any mistake, Dell,’ to reassure Della that he wouldn’t leave or love her any less because of a haircut; he loves her for being herself. Additionally, when Della remembered she didn’t give him his gift yet and asks for his watch to put the chain on it. But he is unable to because he sold it to get Della’s gift, a set of combs with jewels that were expensive, and says this “let’s put our Christmas presents away and keep’em a while. They’re too nice to use just at present.” (108) Meaning that he is thankful for the gift but neither of them can use them because of what they sacrificed to get the other. Despite them getting something they both could have used they know that it wouldn’t help them at that moment and that all they need is each other also that ‘they’re too nice to use at the present’ explains his thoughts quite well. Overall, if someone loves you they wouldn’t care what you have as long as you have each other.