The Eight Themes that O'Henry uses are:
Beauty :Della is worried that Jim won't think she is beautiful with
short hair, but Jim loves her for more than just her beautiful hair
and how she looks. If you really love somebody, they are beautiful no
matter how they look.
Family :Jim and Della are husband and wife and they love each other.
Jim's watch was given to him by his father and has been in his family
for many years. Still, he sacrifices it out of love for Della.
Giving :Della and Jim both feel that it is important to give nice
gifts to each other to express their love.
Identity :Della learns that Jim loves her for just for being herself,
not because of her hair or the Christmas present she buys him.
Wisdom :Della and Jim were wise because they were willing to make
sacrifices to show their love for each other.
Sacrifice :Both Della and Jim give up valuable possessions so they can
buy Christmas gifts for each other
Money :Della and Jim sell valuable things to get money to buy gifts
for each other, because they are poor.
Love :Because Jim and Della love each other, there is really no need
to :prove their love by buying gifts for each other. Love is the
The Gift of the Magi :Special allowance for a period of translated
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relationships is stating that relationships are tough because even
though Michael's wife told him she don't want him looking at other
women he still does, but he knows that he have to sacrifice that to
saved his marriage.They are similar because thier both about married
couples, where one of the couples make a sacrifice to make the other
happy such as Michael gives up looking at other women to make his wife
happy in "The Girls in Their Summer Dresses". Della have hair cut to
buy her husband a present in "The Gift of The Magi". Their different
in the way their story lines are told and the way the problems are
solved. I think in both stories it was good that couples made
sacrifices because it shows what love is really about.
O. Henry said "There are stories in everything. I've got some of my
best yarns from park benches, lampposts, and newspaper stands."