The Happy Prince Essay Topics

The Happy Prince is the beautiful statue of an adolescent Prince, who rises on a city with a medieval touch on the English port. The Prince, whose eyes are two sapphires, and top of his sword shines a beautiful ruby, was, while he lived, a happy person, but now from the pedestal he contemplates for the first time the miseries of the city where he reigned. A swallow- initial symbol of the inconsistency- on a winter trip to Egypt, stys in the statue for the night, and the Prince crying begs her to stay with him one more night (and soon another one) to help him to remedy the much poverty that sees. Taking the ruby of the sword, the sapphires of the eyes, and the gold laminae, finally, that cover the Prince’s body, the swallow dies of cold, after she helped a seamstress mother whose son’s ill, to a young poet who works in conditions of beggar and to a young girl who sells matches, among others…

In the end, the councillors of the city will think about demolishing such an ugly statue. There is, very clearly, a party taking in which the aesthetic is usefull and has a social function. The beauty of the Prince and the swallow helped to remedy the pain, and the aesthetic evocations that the bird does from Egypt, beyond giving color to the story, have been a resistance point between both poles of the story: the happy life of the South and the humble and needy life of the North, and how the first one must help to second one. The egoism, beauty and happiness – great values in Wilde’s cosmovisión- are seen now like ways to solve poverty.

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Paragraph 1: (100 words) change grammar later One of the best written works by Oscar Wilde, an Irish playwright, poet and author of many short stories as well as novels, is The Happy Prince published in 1988 as a series of children story. Although aimed for kids, the story addressed issue concerned in adult society which deems it to be worthy for discussion. This essay shall provide the background summary of the story, literary analysis regarding the symbol of statue of the happy prince, and thematic analysis relating to the contribution the price offered his people and a reflection of lesson learnt from the story.
Paragraph 2: Summary (100 words) change grammar later In the story, when the happy prince was alive, he lived in a palace…show more content…

Paragraph 4: 150 words. Change grammar later One of the main themes of the story is sacrifice. The Happy Prince offered many contributions to his people. Some contributions were justified; for instance, in the case of the hungry boys under the bridge and the play writer, it was a thing that should be done as they were starving. However, in some other cases the contributions should not be made. The match-girl case, for example, it was actually she who spoiled the match by herself, so she did not deserve to be helped. The same applied to the thirsty boy who was sick yet asked for oranges that could make his illness worse. Although giving means caring, I would not recommend the Happy Prince’s way of contribution. It was only a temporary solution that would just shift the direction of the problem rather than getting to the root cause of it.
Paragraph 5: 50-100 words. Change grammar later From my perspective, I have learnt two main lessons from this story. The first one is to give. In any society, some are born rich while some have to suffer; therefore, the rich should be willing to donate some of their wealth to the helpless poor. The second thing is that aiding to the simple giving, we should also show them way. An old Chinese proverb suggests that if you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his

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