In the short stories “The Gift f Magi” by O. Henry and “A telephone Call” by Dorothy Parker, two women are troubled by how their significant others view them. While O. Henry’s Della is able to see that Jim is not touched, Parker’s narrator is left with uncertainty because her significant other does not call back, stuffing her with skepticism. In O. Henry’s “The Gift of Magi”, a young couple in love has to get surprise gifts for each other before Christmas. The story takes place in a small-industrialized city where poverty is prevalent and money is scarce. One of the characters Della, values her long hair while her significant other Jim, values his golden watch. Both sell each of their treasures in order to get something that adds onto
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This idea of being adored is one that the narrator is extremely fixated on, as she hasn’t received a call yet. Hence, making her disordered and pushing her near the notion of change. She looks to be as “always sweet” as she was when she first met her significant other. This means as their bond was first developing, interactions between them had more worth and in order to find that value once again, she needs to be “sweet” or in other words, more interesting. When she states, “it’s so easy to be sweet to people before you love them” she communicates how love makes a “simple” relationship more intricate because you learn more about them. As you do, you become less absorbed because there is no mystery or exhilaration left in a relationship. While she is concerned about how she is viewed by her boyfriend, she looks for a solution. As the narrator has this kind of mindset, she thinks that changing herself is the solution to the problem but what she.
Through Della, O. Henry demonstrates how one can constantly think about how they will be viewed because of a simple change of looks. Della has already cut her hair for $20, she has also bought Jim his gift, “Then she heard his step on the stair away down on the first flight, and she turned white for just a moment. She had a habit for saying little silent prayer about the simplest everyday things, and now she whispered: "Please God, make him think I am still pretty” (Parker). As Jim approaches, Della becomes infused