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The Happy Prince

Describe the friendship between the prince and the swallow.  

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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What is the conclusion of "The Happy Prince"?

"The Happy Prince" is a short story by Oscar Wilde. It is a children's fantasy story that is like a fable. In the short story genre, the ending or "conclusion" is called the denouement and the...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2017 3:52 am UTC

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Why was the prince called a 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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Why did the swallow feel warm?

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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How do you think that "The Happy Prince" is a representation of the Victorian age in which the writer lived?

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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How does the swallow react when he sees the Happy Prince crying?

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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Why does the swallow think that the statue of the Happy Prince has a golden heart?

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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Oscar Wilde's short story "The Happy Prince" highlights the importance of friendship. Comment on this statement with...

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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What was wrong with the seamstress's little boy in "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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Why is the heart of the happy prince unable to be melted?

“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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What message do you get from this story?

"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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How did the Happy Prince compensate for his ignorance of his people's suffering?

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," whose sacrifice is greater, the prince's or the swallow's?

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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Why does the Happy Prince rely on the swallow to know about his city?

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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What are the precious things mentioned in the lesson in "The Happy Prince"? Why are they precious?

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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"Sorrow was not allowed to enter the palace." What picture do you get about the palace of the prince from these words?

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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Was the happy prince really happy? Explain.

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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Why did the Mayor and the Councilors want statues of themselves?

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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What was the Swallow's reason for visiting the statue the first time in "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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Why doesn't the swallow like little boys?

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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why was it important for the swallow to migrate?

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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Wilde - The Author and the Man Is it true that Oscar Wilde wrote this along with other children's stories to keep in...

@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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What had the Happy Prince’s life been like previously? What has changed? What effect has that had on him?

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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What are the reasons why the swallow wanted to go away to Egypt?

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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lmagine you are the reporter of the local daily of the city. Prepare a news report on the pulling down of the statue...

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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