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What does Dillingham mean in The Gift of the Magi?
Last Updated: 24th January, 2020
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Thereof, what is the purpose of the name Dillingham in The Gift of the Magi?
What is the purpose of paragraph 5's discussion of the name “Dillingham”? It acts as a symbol of their decreasing wealth. It shows that they do not like their last name. It shows that last names are not important.
Likewise, what really is the gift Both Della and Jim give each other? Jim gives Della her present – a set of combs, useless now that her hair is shortened. Della then shows Jim the chain she bought for him, to which Jim says he sold his watch to get the money to buy her ornamental combs.
Keeping this in view, what is the characterization of the Gift of the Magi?
One example of indirect characterization in “The Gift of the Magi” is when Della is looking at her hair and the narrator states “her eyes were shining brilliantly, but her face had lost its color within twenty seconds.” The reader could infer from this that she is very fond of her hair and wants to keep it, but
How is the ending of the Gift of the Magi ironic?
The irony of the ending of "The Gift of the Magi" is the fact that both Della and Jim unselfishly sacrificed their most prized possessions in order to purchase gifts that the other would be thrilled about receiving, but each of them sacrificed the very thing for which the other bought the gift.