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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

One of the story's main themes is the expression of love through sacrifice. The Happy Prince shows great love for the poor people of the town, and it is this love which motivates him to get the...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2019 8:10 am UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

In the fantasy short story "The Happy Prince" by Oscar Wilde, the author makes extensive use of anthropomorphism, which means the attribution of human emotions and characteristics to non-human...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2020 1:43 am UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

As has been noted elsewhere, “The Happy Prince” is told from a third-person omniscient viewpoint. Given what happens in the story, this is entirely appropriate. Because if there's one thing we...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2021 1:49 pm UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

In the story, the Swallow's love for the Reed keeps him from accompanying the other birds to Egypt. The Swallow courts the Reed all summer, despite the warnings he receives from the other birds...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2018 5:37 pm UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

The statue of the Happy Prince stands high upon a tall column, proudly overlooking the city below. And a very opulent statue it is too, sumptuously bedecked with gold leaf and precious stones. The...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2018 10:19 am UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

In "The Happy Prince," Oscar Wilde uses certain characters to represent self-sacrifice and others to represent egotism. The Happy Prince, the statue, represents altruism because he has a strong...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2016 1:08 am UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

Exposition is a term for the background information a story provides. Wilde gives us the background of both the Happy Prince and the swallow. The Happy Prince is dead when the story opens and has...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2019 1:23 pm UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

In this story, the castle in which the Happy Prince lived when alive was called Sans Souci, which means "without worry or care." As the statue of the Happy Prince tells the swallow, he lived behind...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2018 3:21 pm UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

The Happy Prince is weeping because of all the ugliness and misery he can see from his vantage point on top of the column where he stands in the town square. As he explains to the swallow, when he...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2019 10:41 am UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

The Happy Prince asks the swallow to remove the ruby from his sword-hilt and give it to a poor seamstress whose sick son cries out for oranges. The seamstress is so poor that she can only give her...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019 7:24 am UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

The story tells us how the swallow comes to meet the statue of the Happy Prince. The swallow had been courting a reed who had attracted him earlier in the spring with her graceful, slender waist....

Latest answer posted October 14, 2018 2:03 am UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

The statue of the Happy Prince is notable for its lavish opulence. It's gilded all over, covered from head to foot in thin leaves of fine gold. The Prince's eyes are made out of two bright...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2018 6:21 am UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

People in general admire the statue of the prince for its beauty and opulence, as it is covered in gold (they only realize it is not solid gold when the swallow has removed the gold leaf) with...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019 1:57 am UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

"The Happy Prince" is a short story written by Oscar Wilde that was published in his collection of stories entitled The Happy Prince and Other Tales in 1888. In the story, the Happy Prince is a...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2018 1:14 am UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

One of the most poignant sentences in the story of The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde, and one which can sum up the essence of both story and character is when, at the end, the Art Professor at the...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2011 12:23 am UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

The statue of the Happy Prince is placed at the top of a tall column in the center of the city. The statue is covered over in thin layers of fine gold. It has sapphires for eyes and a ruby in the...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2020 12:04 pm UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

The Swallow has stayed behind all summer when his fellow swallows have flown to Egypt because he is in love with a beautiful Reed. Her slender waist attracts him. He stays with her for six weeks....

Latest answer posted September 12, 2019 5:10 pm UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

To some extent, the prince acts selfishly by encouraging the swallow to stay behind in the deadly winter weather. Although all his friends have emigrated to Egypt, the swallow remains behind after...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2018 5:30 pm UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

In the story, the Swallow is on his way to Egypt to spend the winter; he stops to spend the night in the city, and that is where he meets the Happy Prince. The Prince begs the Swallow to stay with...

Latest answer posted February 11, 2016 4:22 pm UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

That's actually an interesting question. Because the narrator can go to heaven and learn what is happening there, we would have to suppose the story is told by a supernatural being. It could be,...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2018 6:21 pm UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

The Happy Prince is a figure of charity because after a life of pleasure behind palace walls, he realizes (after death, now that he is a statue in the town square) how much suffering there is in...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2019 4:06 pm UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

The prince asks the swallow to take the ruby from his jewel hilt and give it to a poor woman with a sick son so that she can buy food for him. As he says to the swallow: In a bed in the corner of...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2021 1:39 pm UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

The swallow does not really have a relationship with the other characters in this story. He is planning to fly to Egypt to be with the other birds, his friends, but he decides to rest one night at...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2020 12:24 am UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

From his perch on top of a tall column, the Happy Prince can see all the poverty and misery that afflicts his town. When he was alive, he never got to see any of this; he was shut away inside a...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2019 5:41 am UTC

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

The Swallow forms a close bond with the Happy Prince for several reasons, but one of them is clearly his own loneliness and dissociation from the other Swallows, who can only loosely be called his...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2020 9:04 am UTC

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