The Happy Prince and Other Tales [with Biographical Introduction]

The Happy Prince and Other Tales
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The happy prince is a contemporary fairytale whose plot is surreal and it is placed into a modern society with real problems.

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The Happy Prince and Other Tales [with Biographical Introduction] - Kindle edition by Oscar Wilde. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC. The Happy Prince and Other Tales is a collection of stories for children by Oscar Wilde first .. Music based on the works of Oscar Wilde · Biographies of Oscar Wilde · Oscar Wilde ( play) · Oscar Wilde ( film) · The Trials of Oscar Wilde.

Oscar Wild tried to state in a simple way the virtues and flaws of a person in all of his fairy tales and tried to criticize the society which is insensible. The main character knew only about nice things and after that, he decided to open his lead heart to everyone in need. The swallow was the proof that everyone can do selfless things even though they would maybe be risking their lives. His love and devotion were rewarded with an eternal life. In the fairytale, we can see the prince and the swallow who try to help the ones in need and make them happy while on the other side we can see the powerful people in important positions who do not want to see what is going on in the world.

They only see themselves and their goal in life. Oscar Wild set up a principle of selfishness and selflessness and he took the story to its top when God helped the main heroes of the story. The language in which the fairytale was written is simple even though every single word is wisely picked. The whole fairytale is filled with hidden messages and because of that, The happy prince is a book you should read with a lot of attention. The fairytale begins with the description of The Prince who was on a high pole in the city.

He was beautiful and had two sapphires instead of his eyes and was covered in gold. He held a sword in his arm and on the handle there was a ruby.

It was hard to walk next to the statue without looking at it. The statue provoked admiration because of the happiness and beauty he was radiating. He seemed as a wish that came true. In the meantime, swallows began their moving and a swallow fell behind and fell in love with a Reed. It was a true love which started in spring and lasted the whole summer. Even though the swallow was being warned that the Reed is poor he did not want to abandon him.

After a whole day of flying, it began to be dark and the Swallow found a place to sleep. Then he saw the statue of The Prince and settled in between his feet. At that moment, a drop of water fell on him. The Prince starts to talk about how he saw in an alley a poor seamstress which was making a dress while her ill son was lying in bed.

Because they were poor the only help his mother could provide him was some water from the river. The Prince asked Swallow to take a ruby from his sword and give it to the poor woman. The Swallow said yes and he stayed another night with the Prince. When he came back he confessed that he felt the warmth and the Prince told him that it was because he did a good deed.

The next night Swallow wanted to go to Egypt but the Prince asked him to stay another night. The Swallow told him that he should leave but then Prince told him a story about a hungry boy on an attic. Since he did not have his ruby he told the Swallow to take a sapphire and give it to the boy and the other one to a poor girl. The Prince was completely blind and the Swallow could not leave him now and even though it was getting colder and colder he stayed with the Prince and told him stories about Egypt.

The Prince asked him to fly over the town and tell him what he will see. After he came back he told him that he saw a lot of poverty. The Prince told him to take a leaf of gold from his body and carry it to the poor. The Prince looked lifeless and gray and the Swallow died because of the cold. Since the statue lost its beauty they liquated him. His lead heart was liquated so they threw it away with the Swallow. God told his angels than to bring him their two favorite things from the city and one angel brought him the heart and the dead bird. God told him that he did well and that the birdy will sing while the Prince will be celebrating him.

The Happy Prince is the main character who was on a high pole. He was so beautiful that he caused admiration with everyone. The children from the orphanage thought that he was an angel and everyone believed that someone so beautiful must be happy. One mother even told her son to be happy just like the beautiful Prince. The Prince only seemed happy. He was on a high pole and saw all of the misery and poverty of the city.

He realized that people were suffering and that they need help.

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Sad but just like the Devoted Friend story there is no redeeming value. The princess says in the end "For the future, let those who come to play with me have no hearts. Reminds us, once again, that what goes around, comes around. That beauty is just skin-deep. What is more important is what's in our hearts. The star-child is found in the forest by two woodcutters. The first one says that they leave the poor child on the snow because, poor as they are, they don't enough food for their families to survive the winter.

The other one says no and takes pity to the child. The child grows up to be a handsome man but heartless to the extent of disowning his own mother who disguises as a beggar.

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The Fisherman and his Soul: A young man is in love with a mermaid who says that they cannot live together under the sea if the young man will not leave his soul. So, the young man asks the witch to separate himself from his soul. The soul is afraid and asks for the fisherman's heart.

The fisherman cannot give his heart away since he needs it to love the mermaid. I don't know what happened to me.

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This is my first time to read this story so probably that made a greater impact to me than the Happy Prince first story. This story reminds me of Murakami's Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World where the man and his shadow are separated. Like the other stories, this is still a sad one. But Wilde's storytelling is truly remarkable that you feel with the characters even how implausible, this being a fairy tale, the plot is.

View all 9 comments. To think that the author who kept the stiff Victorians in stitches with his plays could write such heart-wrenching stuff Ahhhh, don't talk to me today, I am totally undone. Jun 06, Alex rated it it was amazing Shelves: A Beautiful Collection for All Ages Each little story is a beautifully told allegory touching to the heart. You will never be too old or too young to appreciate the marvellous moral in each story. The stories in this collection are: Many of my favourite epigrams come from this collection.

Here are a few gems of many: It is more precious than emeral A Beautiful Collection for All Ages Each little story is a beautifully told allegory touching to the heart. It is more precious than emeralds, and dearer than fine opals. Pearls and pomegranates cannot buy it, nor is it set forth in the marketplace.

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It may not be purchased of the merchants, nor can it be weighed out in the balance for gold. I often have long conversations all by myself, and I am so clever that I sometimes don't understand a single word of what I am saying. The fairy tales are simple yet engaging, with some very likeable characters, and also some very detestable characters we can all relate to. The characters, often animals or inanimate objects feel so real and natural with clear personalities exactly like people in society.

We have probably met a real-life version of the boastful, pretentious, and arrogant Remarkable Rocket the type of person I want to punch in the face! This is true for the minor characters as well as the major ones: It is this realness of the characters which really captivated me. Wilde's subtle yet cynical satire of society is still perfectly relevant today.

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With such short stories, it is a wonder how Wilde managed to integrate such accurate and distinguished characters. The short stories evoke great emotion too. I felt happy, sad, annoyed and disappointed at times, sharing the characters' experiences.

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The stories may not leave you with a happy feeling, but that is precisely why they make such good reading: These tales certainly do that. Precious few writers can do this, let alone in simple fairy tales. For me, no one writes as charismatically as Oscar Wilde. He makes great writing look so simple and easy. This work is elegantly written with fine little details and plenty to be admired again and again. My personal favourite in this collection is The Happy Prince , although it was extremely difficult to choose amongst these lovely little stories.

If you do yourself one favour today, have a read of one these fairy tales. They are such a joy to read. If you love these stories as much as I do we can be best friends. I cannot recommend this book highly enough! View all 11 comments. Jan 16, Srividya rated it it was amazing Recommended to Srividya by: When you truly live your life, you have to learn to accept and maybe expect the rare and unexpected surprises that might be in store for you.

These unanticipated wonders often bring about a lot of joy in our lives and sometimes also have the capacity of teaching us a gentle yet important lesson. My surprise for the day was this small little book, a set of short stories written by Oscar Wilde and believe me I was simply floored by the simplicity as well as the complexity there was in these tales. Being bored with all my current reads and totally tired after a hard morning at house cleaning, I decided to simply peruse my Kindle for some nice book or story to read.

A little later when I saw that my enthusiasm to share my updates in GR was strong and they usually are when I read something nice , I found that a dear friend of mine, someone who has become quite close to me in a very short time, had recommended this book, albeit indirectly. So I was doubly excited and resumed my reading.

That Wilde is a fantastic writer is a well known fact but that he could write something for children, a tale which would be suited for all ages, is something that surprised me and obviously delighted me. This short collection has about 5 tales in it and each of them were delightful and with a moral to boot. Each tale in this compilation was different but there was a strong lesson that could be seen in all. This was the lesson of love and friendship, how it differs in every scenario and what exactly is true love or devoted friendship.

The lessons taught in these stories were of good and bad, bad might not be necessarily evil but more of the selfish kind, it talked of selflessness and how true love redeems everything in the end. All the stories were well written and I loved them all but if I had to pinpoint a single story that moved me the most, it was The Nightingale and the Rose, a truly remarkable tale, something that gives you the sky in terms of learning without taking away a bit of your enjoyment.

This book is highly recommended for everyone. PS - Fatty, you are the best! View all 5 comments. I have found that any author I was forced to read in my ancient school days tends to be ignored these days when I can choose my own reading. Oscar Wilde certainly fits that statement. I enjoyed that, but it did not inspire me to discover any more about or by Wilde.

But a few days ago I noticed a review by fellow GR group member I have found that any author I was forced to read in my ancient school days tends to be ignored these days when I can choose my own reading. But a few days ago I noticed a review by fellow GR group member Rick, discussing a graphic novel edition of two of Oscar Wilde's short stories. That review sent me to Gutenberg to see what I could see. I wanted especially to read the story The Remarkable Rocket. And that is how I found this book, which has five short fables and some elegant illustrations by Charles Robinson.

I was completely charmed by them all. Written in a deceptively simple style that begs for being read aloud, each story is a gold nugget wrapped in layers of silver-tongued wit that any thinking adult will appreciate. Life lessons are there waiting to be unwrapped: I had no idea that Oscar Wilde wrote such stories. I want to read more of them, and get to know the man and his work better.

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Here is a link to the Gutenberg book I read https: And here is Rick's review of the book he read; the review that piqued my curiosity more than any school teacher ever could. View all 8 comments. Jul 25, classic reverie rated it it was amazing Shelves: These short stories were recommended by a Goodreads' friend, Amira K. So I then put them on my list to read this year and having just finished these stories, I wanted to comment on both these books before I talk of the short stories.

If you heard or read "The Portrait of Dorian Gray", you would know how dark a book it is and seeing th These short stories were recommended by a Goodreads' friend, Amira K. If you heard or read "The Portrait of Dorian Gray", you would know how dark a book it is and seeing the movie long before reading the book which is a picnic compared to the book's darkness, IMO; I was quite impressed by reading these children stories which are on the opposite side of the spectrum, quite bright. You say, well they are children's stories written in the late 's, so it would be that way.

Well what impressed me was that even many of these stories are quite sad, the moral is there in all its glory. I knew Oscar Wilde was a great writer having read his novel but having not read anything else yet, though on my "to read" list, but I see his wide range of ability as a writer is quite wonderful. I had no idea about his religious convictions but they shine through in these stories, two of them bring heaven and the Christ child into the story. One of my most favorite subject to come across in a story is the morality and religious precepts, that make the reader feel an uplifting feeling, even when things don't always work out.

Wilde's stories had this all down with the sadness and showing us humans to live our lives in a positive light. If you have no religious beliefs, these stories are still wonderfully wholesome to read. Sometimes after reading a book, your whole feeling towards an author changes and Wilde made me love his works even more than before. One more thing I will touch on because it was brought up in the Delphi collection of his works which seeing it I had to comment here.

I noticed before in reading some commentaries of classic works were the "modern view" is projected to mean something, that the author did not intend. Unless, evidence in memoirs tell of certain ideas, I don't look for what is not there. Is modern society, so bitter to think that true friendship, wanting to die for another, has to have a romantic element. Can't people love people for friendship sake alone? IMO, so I leave it there for you to read and decide yourself.

The stories; 1 The Happy Prince- a sparrow helps his friend who sees misery from where he stands help alleviate some grief, he witnesses. My favorite 3 The Selfish Giant- a giant comes back home to see his garden invaded. This and the next story deal with self centeredness 5 The Remarkable Rocket- the rocket thinks he is just wonderful and looks down on everything else. These stories are great for children and adults too, we all need a refresher course on being good human beings.

Some changes but basically Oscar Wilde's story. Apr 17, Mayra rated it really liked it. This is a collection of five short stories, that are fairy-tale-like moral fables, not only for children, but drenched in subtle hints aimed at the older readers. When questioned about the maturity of the language in his stories, Wilde ridiculed the idea that "extremely limited vocabulary at the disposal of the British child" should be "the standard by which the prose of an artist is to be judged". These tales are dark and colorful at the same time, and deal mostly with selfishness, compassion, eg This is a collection of five short stories, that are fairy-tale-like moral fables, not only for children, but drenched in subtle hints aimed at the older readers.

These tales are dark and colorful at the same time, and deal mostly with selfishness, compassion, egotism, Christianity, goodwill and love. En fin, se lee en un ratito y se disfruta bastante. Aug 28, Sara rated it liked it Shelves: Oscar Wilde does fairy tales--a kind of strange mixture. I dare say the main takeaway might be that love brings death and is much unappreciated.

The Selfish Giant is an almost religious tale in which an act of kindness is rewarded The fourth story was my favorite Oscar Wilde does fairy tales--a kind of strange mixture. The fourth story was my favorite. The Devoted Friend is a story of exploitation in the name of friendship and hypocrisy.

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I could imagine Wilde basing it on his on personal experience. The final story seemed to be a study in pomposity, another subject Wilde knew a bit about.

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En fin, se lee en un ratito y se disfruta bastante. The student takes the rose to the professor's daughter, but she again rejects him because another man has sent her some real jewels and "everybody knows that jewels cost far more than flowers. Be aware, though, that the full-page color inserts of the original are half-pages in this rendition. As the winter comes and the Happy Prince is stripped of all of his beauty, his lead heart breaks when the swallow dies as a result of his selfless deeds and severe cold. Would you like to report this content as inappropriate? PS - Fatty, you are the best! This was the lesson of love and friendship, how it differs in every scenario and what exactly is true love or devoted friendship.

His signature wit surfaced from time to time. After the seven years were over he had said all that he had to say, for his conversation was limited. I doubt he would have enjoyed his current reputation if this had been all he had written, but as an addition to his works, they are interesting enough. Nov 29, Deborah Markus rated it liked it. If this book doesn't make you want to curl up with a nice hot cup of arsenic and maybe some razor blades, you read a different edition than I did. Apparently Wilde read Hans Christian Anderson and thought, "Dang nab it, I can write way way depressing fairy tales, too!

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