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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde – English Short Story

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The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde Available in the public domain at: https://www.gutenberg.org/ High above the city, on a tall column, stood the statue of the Happy Prince. He was gilded all over with thin leaves of fine gold, for eyes he had two bright sapphires, and a large

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6 comments on “The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde – English Short Story”

  1. Sacrificing yourself for a distinguished and noble aim is admirable. I think all those happy prince and swallow could do was done. But if the prince had the chance to know from those happened beyond the wall of his palace when he was alive he surely could do more. A question that challenged me is that iwhether anybody in the town had noticed such ultimate sacrifices or not.

    • About your question, I guess nobody noticed the sacrifices or even cared about them.

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      * All that the Happy Prince and swallow could do was done or carried out
      * if the prince had had the chance, he could surely have done more (Conditional Sentence Type III)

  2. It was a sad and touching story. I wonder if the match girl was a reference to H.C. Andersen’s short story ( the little match girl). It is also a question to me, why did little swallow stay with happy prince till the end of his life and didn’t fly to Egypt? Because he felt pity for happy prince or he just had a kind heart and got a friend in him?

    • I don’t believe the swallow had any pity for the happy prince as the bird was really admiring him and his altruistic deeds. The bird could play the role of a means or tool for the prince to make all the great and unconditional sacrifice. In the end, they both perished in agony, but I bet they died peacefully as they could leave the town a better place for the poor to live in.

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