The Happy Prince Questions and Answers

The Happy Prince

Both the swallow and the Happy Prince, who is now a statue, share compassion for the poor, and this becomes the basis of their friendship. The swallow plans to spend one night sleeping on the...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2018, 7:35 pm (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

The story ends with the Swallow found dead at the foot of the Happy Prince's statue. The townspeople notice that the statue looks ugly, having been stripped of all its gold and jewels. They melt...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2021, 11:35 am (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince in Oscar Wilde's short story is the name given to the prince of a realm while he is alive. He lived cloistered in a palace outside of his city. The palace was surrounded by a high...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2020, 11:21 am (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

In "The Happy Prince," a prince is so sheltered from any awareness of the poverty in which his subjects live that he has a happy and carefree life. After death, however, he is turned into a...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2020, 11:56 am (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

The statue of the Happy Prince has been weeping over the fate of the poor and needy in the town beneath his feet. He's asked the little swallow to stay behind for just one night to remove precious...

Latest answer posted August 1, 2018, 5:03 am (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

Like Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, the prince in this story was sheltered from all knowledge of suffering. The prince explains to the swallow that was he happy during his lifetime...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2018, 4:59 pm (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

In the story, the swallow is shocked when he sees a statue crying. After all, it is supposed to be an inanimate object. However, the swallow does feel sorry for the statue. So, the swallow's...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2018, 12:49 pm (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

The statue of the Happy Prince is covered in gold leaf, so the swallow believes the statue must be gold through and through. The Happy Prince's heart is made of lead, but the Prince is so generous...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2018, 4:48 pm (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

Wilde wrote that he wanted his stories to have many meanings and be open to a myriad of interpretations, but one of the central themes in any reading of "The Happy Prince" must be self-sacrifice...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2019, 12:16 pm (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

The friendship between the swallow and the Happy Prince suggests that friendship is important because it can be a source of love and companionship. The Happy Prince is sad because he can see all of...

Latest answer posted October 12, 2019, 9:53 am (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

“The Happy Prince” tells of a royal man who was sheltered from all the world’s cares while he was alive, which led him to believe he was happy. What he had was a life of unspoiled pleasure, so he...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2019, 4:39 am (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

There are a number of hardships displayed in Oscar Wilde's short story "The Happy Prince." The statue of the Happy Prince is initially able to see the sadness contained within his city, and he...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2019, 3:59 pm (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

From these words, I imagine a palace isolated from poverty and misery, surrounded by high walls. Inside, I imagine beautiful gardens and a large, lovely palace. The Happy Prince would be surrounded...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2019, 1:13 pm (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

To compensate for his lifelong ignorance of his people's suffering, the "Happy Prince" did what he still could to recognize and lessen their misery. He started by asking the Swallow to take the...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2018, 7:04 pm (UTC)

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In “The Happy Prince,” a swallow intends to fly south for the winter. The Happy Prince statue, however, asks the bird to stay and help him. The swallow agrees to postpone his trip one day at a...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2021, 3:34 pm (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

Before he died and became a statue, the prince lived a carefree life of pleasure behind palace walls outside of the city. However, after death, he becomes transformed into a costly statue covered...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2019, 8:13 pm (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

The swallow, reluctant to concede to the Happy Prince's request, tells him that he is not sure that he likes little boys in general. He bases this assumption on a particular incident, which he...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2018, 8:27 am (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince is a statue and so is unable to move. Nonetheless, from his position high up on a pedestal, he's still able to witness scenes of extreme poverty and suffering. When the prince was...

Latest answer posted June 7, 2018, 11:24 am (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

A good way to approach this assignment is to first think about what facts a reporter would have about the situation, and the chronological order of the events. Usually a newspaper article is...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2019, 1:45 pm (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

The Swallow loves a beautiful Reed. He meets her when he was chasing a yellow moth down the river in early spring. She has such an attractive waist that he stops and chats with her. This is...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2018, 1:12 pm (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

The two most precious objects in the city are a lump of lead and a dead bird. They are precious because the swallow and the statue sacrificed themselves to alleviate the suffering around them....

Latest answer posted January 9, 2020, 11:53 am (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

The Swallow has a strong desire to migrate to Egypt because that is where all his friends, the other swallows, have gone to stay. The Swallow has only stayed behind because of being in love with a...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2019, 1:40 pm (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

The swallow was in love with a lovely Reed he met, but he realized she was toying with his feelings and not serious about the relationship. Therefore, feeling sad, he decided to join his fellow...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2019, 1:44 pm (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

"The Happy Prince" sends the message that true happiness and fulfillment comes from serving the needs of others less fortunate than yourself. When he is alive, the Happy Prince lives behind the...

Latest answer posted September 28, 2019, 12:56 pm (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

I would argue that the swallow's sacrifice is greater. After all, he sacrifices his life in following the Happy Prince's instructions to take gold leaf and precious stones from his statue to give...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2020, 10:43 am (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

At the beginning of the story, the Happy Prince, as a statue, is certainly not happy. His eyes are "filled with tears" because he can see "all the ugliness of [his] city." When he was alive, he was...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2019, 1:31 pm (UTC)

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The Happy Prince

@amy-lepore: My favorite Oscar Wilde play is definately The Importance of Being Earnest because I sincerely think that I am the female version of Algernon. My favorite stories are The Selfish Giant...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2009, 10:01 am (UTC)

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