The story of the Gift of the Magi shows Dellaâ€™s courage to fight against short income, persistence to struggle with horrible life, and the ability to deal with adversities to forgo her favorite thing in very critical situation. This story also focused the deeply love between two people who sacrificed each other to buy a Christmas gift. On the occasion of Christmas, both Della and James wanted to buy a very special gift to wish Merry Christmas to each other. However, they did not have enough money or savings.
These days, James Dillingham was earning only $20 a week; on the other hand, he was earning $30 a week during the former period of prosperity. These days, Dillingham family had shorter income; however, Della did not give up, moreover, she continued to fight against their short income and terrible expenses. She used to bargain with shoppers, grocers, and vegetable man, and saved money, even several cents when bought groceries. During the bargaining, sometimes, she could embarrass from shoppers, grocer, and vegetable man, but her courageous could help her to smile at that situation. During the bargaining time, her miserliness and parsimony exhibited which ashamed her. And the result of the hardest bargaining she could save only $1.87 to buy a gift for her husband â€“ Jim because every dayâ€™s expanses are always greater than she calculated. .
In addition to having courage to fight against short income, Della also had persistence to struggle with horrible life. She also was in very deeply love with her husband. Della known that Jim had a gold watch, which had no chain, given by his father. Della also wanted that James Dillingham would have pulled out his watch every time when he left home, like the king pulled out his jewel. However, James could not, which identified his envy for his poverty. Della wanted to make her husband happy, to buy something nice, rare, and sterling gift.