Discuss the themes of ‘The Gift of the Magi’.

The basic underlying theme of the story ‘The Gift of The Magi’ is love. For the young couple, the love for each other is the most important thing in their lives. Such is the intensity of their love that they are led to sacrifice their most valuable possessions to find Christmas gifts for each other. This contrasts with the drabness of their poverty and the dreary world outside.

The theme of marriage is defined in the relationship of the two protagonists through the bond of love, shared economics and shared emotions.

The theme of sacrifice is exemplified when the lovers sacrifice their valuable possessions on Christmas Eve. It is like a ritual act in which a consecrated offering is made to establish and perpetuate a sacred bond between the two.

The theme of love and sacrifice is widely played out throughout the storyline. Despite the risks, humiliation and costs of sacrifice, each of them is ready to lose what they have to express their love.

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