The Happy Prince
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I've always liked Oscar Wilde's prose, if not his drama, but I thought this was an exercise in hypocrisy, or perhaps it was just Oscar Wilde, locked out of the gates of the wealthy aristocracy, just venting his spleen on them. You would think a man who lost everything because of the prejudice agai...more
In any event, it is a lovely, simple fairy-tale about sacrifice, selflessness and the responsibility of rulers to care for their subjects -- but also about the ways in which good deeds can go unappreciated, and about the blindness which charitable people can exhibit in their desperate quest to serve the needy.
Also, here is the line which...more
stories of delicate charm are for literate adults who alone
can perceive the irony and awareness of life's cruelties.
A poetic wistfulness also mingles with the artless musical
imagery. One critic says they remind him of Fragonard and Rossetti. Another is impressed by the simplicity of Biblical language.
Reviewing the fables a rather hysterical GR slams OW for
anti-semitism because of a perfunctory aside 100 years before
Political Correctness. S...more
The book tells the story of a golden, jewelled statue that sits on a tall column overlooking the city. Though happy in life, as a statue the prince sees all the misery in...more
Much like Warner Brother's cartoons, Oscar Wilde's fairy tales have value for both children and the adults who read to them (I found value...more
All the stories have beautiful descriptions, sometimes bordering...more
We've taken some of the world's best stories from dark, musty anthologies and brought them into the light, giving them the individual attention they deserve. Each book in the series has been designed with today's young reader in mind. As the words come to life, students will develop a lasting appreciation for...more
The prince is a statue that overlooks the city and sees the poor and the rich and his heart aches to help the poor that he did not help when he was flesh and bone, so he implores a sparrow to help him. Through the sparrow and the prince the poor...more
So the Swallow flew over the great city, and saw the rich making merry in their beautiful houses, while the beggars were sitting at the gates. He flew into dark lanes, and saw the white faces of starving children looking out listlessly at the black...more
I didn't think much about it, but I happened to read it again in one of Mr Wilde's collection of short stories in English a few months ago, and it stuck itself persistently in my mind.
People these days unfortunately care about and value the superficial, and The Happy...more
"“Everyone quoted it, it was full of so many words that they could not understand.”
"There is no Mystery so great as Misery. Fly over my city, little Swallow, and tell me what you see there."
"Death is the brother of...more
'She is always flirting with the wind.' Well, look how beautiful that line is. : )
This story helped me to see that pleasure is not always happiness.
In fact, happiness is never truly pleasure if you separate the two.
I am maturing, now. Yes! :D
'There is no mystery as great as Misery.'
Lovely, lovely, lovely, story!
After moments, I am now thinking that when you are happy, wonderful and lovely, you are being placed on a pedestal by societ...more
The whole story is about the boy giving what he had to make others happy. He sacrificed what he had in order that others wouldn't go hungry, and the whole...more
Different from the title, the Happy Prince was not happy at all.
The most impressive scene in the book of 'the Happy Prince' was
Swallow did not leave the Happy prince alone when he lost all gold and jewelries he had.
It made me to think about altruistic life.
The little Swallow's altruistic life for the Happy prince and the Happy prince's sacrificial life for
the poor will make you to think a lot.
I want to recommend this book for all of you who...more
This is my favorite short story by Oscar Wilde--author of the gothic horror tale “Picture of Dorian Grey,” outrageously witty Victorian quips, and delightful comedies for the stage. Once a happy prince and then a contented man ruling his people wisely, now all that is left of his beneficence is a gilded statue which overlooks the city. But this is no ordinary statue, for of far greater value than the gold and jewels that honor his memory resides the Soul of the statue--w...more
DQ:The prince helped people to use his body.
Can you help someone at the sacrifice of your something precious?
A:Maybe I can help my precious people like my family and friends.
But the prince helped people who don't relate to him.
I can't it.
This book has some short story.
I like all story but especially I like "The happy prince"
Maybe the story is famous.
So I want people who never read it to read the story.
It truly moved me. It's the story of a swallow that one day, while migrating to Egypt, lands on the shoulder of a golden statue. The statue cries on the bird and tells him of the poor people in the city he watches over, and pleads that he help him alleviate there suffering.
This moved me and brought me to tears by the end of it. It's a thoughtful bittersweet story about helping others in need and caring for one another.
the prince also left this world. People were very sad and unhappy. People made his statue in his memory. The statue was made up of lead and fixed with various jewels. Blue jewels were fixed in his eyes. The statue was kept over a pillar at the center of the town so that everybody could remember him.
Have to say I am genuinely surprised at some of the other reviews for this book that end up covering feminism, homosexuality, antisemitism and who knows what else. What ever happened to enjoying a story for what it is rather than this incessant need to analyse and over complicate?