How does fantasy merge with reality in "The Happy Prince" by Oscar Wilde?

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One way to read the story is as a critique of capitalism and the class structure. The people the Happy Prince tries to help are representative of particular segments of late Victorian society; there is the seamstress, who labors over her embroidery and cares for her sick child; then the student, who cannot finish his play for want of food and fire; lastly, there is the match girl, who has ruined the matches she is made to sell by her abusive father. Each person is victimized by class structure in that their labor is not valued. The seamstress's work is not appreciated by the lady for whom she labors; the student's work is not appreciated by the director of the theater; the match girl's labor is rewarded with punishment from her parent. However, despite the Prince's sacrificial acts of charity, the lot of the poor is not materially changed; when the Prince asks the swallow...

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