The Gift of the Magi

by

O. Henry

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Della’s hair

Della’s hair and Jim’s gold watch are the young couple’s most prized possessions at the start of the story, and their eventual sacrifice of these items represents the couple’s love. More specifically, however, Della’s hair… (read full symbol analysis)

Jim’s gold 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… (read full symbol analysis)