The Necklace And The Gift Of The Magi Short Story

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In the short stories “The Necklace,” written by Guy de Maupassant and “The Gift of the Magi,” written by O’Henry readers can find many differences and similarities between their main characters. Della is the protagonist of the short story, “The Gift of the Magi.” Madame Loisel, also known as Mathilde, is the protagonist of the short storyThe Necklace.” Both of these stories take place in past times and occur to poverty-stricken families. Although both Della and Mathilde are beautiful, they have their differences. Throughout the story, Della is seen as caring and selfless. In “The Necklace,” Mathilde is seen as conceited and selfish. Throughout “The Gift of the Magi,” Della has been characterized as caring and selfless. One quote to support this theory states,“Tomorrow would be Christmas Day, and she only had $1.87 with which to buy Jim a present. She had been saving every penny she could for months, with this result.” (Maupassant 261-262) This quote demonstrates that Della is caring because it shows that Della saved everything she could in order to purchase a gift for Jim. Della had worked extra hard in order to purchase something for Jim, but in all that work, only came $1.87 from which to buy a gift. Della cared strongly about Jim so because of that she worked hard to save money, but didn't have enough for him. Della also didn’t mind working harder for Jim because she loved him so much. Another quote to prove that Della is selfless is, “‘Will you buy my hair?’ asked

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