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The Happy Prince Essay

  • Submitted by: tamly1510
  • on September 18, 2012
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 612 words

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Love is real if you are willing to sacrifice something for it. It may be as big as giving up all of those you own like wealth and material things in exchange for a simple life with the one that you love. The story “ The happy prince” of Oscar Wilde talks about the golden statue prince who has “lead heart will not melt in the furnace” because he has love of human being. As far as I am concerned, the theme of this story is the real beauties are love and sacrifices.
Firstly, the Swallow- the prince’s messenger- loves the Reed. However, he is not determined to make any sacrifice for her "'But I love travelling, and my wife, consequently, should love travelling also...the Reed shook her head, she was so attached to her home". From the moment in which the Swallow meets the statue of the Happy Prince and till the end of the story, a change in his personality can be noticed. The relationship between them progressively increases and they are finally described more as lovers than friends “Goodbye dear Prince! ...will you let me kiss your hand?. You have stayed too long here; but you must kiss me on the lips, for I love you'". In addition, an image of "true love" is also included when the leaden heart of the statue is broken just before the Swallow has died "And he kissed the happy Prince on the lips, and fell down dead at his feet. At a moment, a curious crack sounded inside the statue, as if something had broken. The fact is that the leaden heart had snapped right in two".
The theme of sacrifice is maybe the most important of the whole text; because by sacrificing   themselves, the protagonists realises that they both are "twin souls". The Swallow is determined to do what the statue is asking him for helping poor people and he does not mind if the weather is too cold or if the other swallows are waiting for him in Egypt. What is more, the Swallow will continuously help the Happy Prince until his death "The poor little Swallow grew colder and colder, but he would not leave...

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