The rising action in the story consists of the swallow helping the the Happy Prince to do good for his people. During his life, the Prince never ventured from his palace and had no idea that the people of his city might be enduring hardship or poverty. Now that he is a statue and can see far and wide, he is tormented by the suffering of the poor, but can do nothing to help them. When the swallow roosts at his feet one night, the Prince finally has found a helper that can make it possible for him to help his people. The rising action of the story consists of the bird bringing the jewels and gold leaf that had decorated the statue to the needy. The climax of the story, in this view, would be the consummation of the bird and the statue's love--after the Prince has given everything he has of value to the poor, he and the bird share a brief kiss; then the swallow dies from the cold of winter, and the Prince's leaden heart cracks apart.