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So little Hans worked away in his garden. Duringthe spring, the summer, and the autumn he was very happy, butwhen the winter came, and he had no fruit or flowers to bring tothe market, he suffered a good deal from cold and hunger, andoften had to go to bed without any supper but a few dried pearsor some hard nuts. In the winter, also, he was extremelylonely, as the Miller never came to see him then.

The Happy Prince

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'When I was alive and had a human heart,' answered the statue, 'I did not know what tears were, for I lived in the Palace of Sans-Souci where sorrow is not allowed to enter. In the daytime I played with my companions in the garden, and in the evening I led the dance in the Great Hall. Round the garden ran a very lofty wall, but I never cared to ask what lay beyond it, everything about me was so beautiful. My courtiers called me the Happy Prince, and happy indeed I was, if pleasure be happiness. So I lived, and so I died. And now that I am dead they have set me up here so high that I can see all the ugliness and all the misery of my city, and though my heart is made of lead yet I cannot choose but weep.'

The Farnham Festival, which was founded in 1963 in Farnham, Surrey, involved about a thousand local young people and children in a venture which commissioned new works from contemporary composers, with the idea of accustoming young people to the music of their time and lessening the gap between the serious composer and his audience. The commissions were sponsored by local business and professional people, and the festival activities, which centered around the church, were joined by many members of the community. The Farnham Festival organizers approached Malcolm Williamson in 1964 with a request for him to write a short choral work for the Farnham Girl's Choir. He agreed, but unhappy at the thought of writing a purely choral work, some weeks later he suggested to the festival organizers that he wished to use Oscar Wilde's short story, The Happy Prince, as the basis for a children's opera. The organizers met with the composer and, once they had read the story, agreed and approved the composer's idea. Perhaps because the opera is short, forty-five minutes long, it was composed quickly, in only six weeks, with the composer writing his own libretto.

Originally published by Oscar Wilde in 1888, The Happy Prince is the much- loved story of a gilded statue, a kind- hearted Swallow, and generosity of spirit. A Swallow bound for Egypt takes refuge at the feet of a golden statue of a prince erected in a European town, agreeing to bring pieces of the statue to less fortunate city dwellers at the request of the prince himself.

'One night a swallow arrived in the city. He was on his way to Egypt to meet his friends, but he decided to rest on the feet of the statue. The swallow was very happy with his golden perch. But as he drifted off to sleep, a large drop of water fell on him. This was odd, because the night sky was clear and warm. Then another drop fell on him. When the third drop fell, the swallow wondered if he should find a new place to sleep. Then he looked up...'

The Happy Prince is written by Oscar Wilde. The story of the happy prince is about the sacrifice of a prince and a bird. The story is the true reflection of a prince who loves his people. It is a story of a prince who was always happy because he never saw sorrow and suffering. When the prince dies his statue was erected on high ground. His statue was made of gold and his eyes were made of sapphires. With all the riches the prince was not happy anymore because he had seen the suffering and sorrow of his people and he tries to make everyone happy and help the needy.

It is a story about the statue of a happy prince. One day a bird took shelter under the statue. The bird found out that the prince was not happy and asked for the reason. Then the prince replied that when he was alive, he never saw sorrow and suffering and that is why he was called the happy prince. But when he died and his statue was made outside the castle, now he feels the suffering of his poor subjects.

Once he saw a matchgirl who was scared of being beaten by her father, because she accidentally dropped matches in the canal. He told the bird to pluck his second eye and give the sapphire to that girl. The prince then became completely blind and the bird decided to not leave and to live with him and help the poor.

The prince became blind yet he kept helping the poor. The bird obediently plucked the golden leaves from the statue and continuously helped the poor on the instructions of the prince. The statue became dull as all of its gold and sapphires were distributed among the poor. Then come a weary winter which eventually took the life of the swallow bird and it fell near the statue. Seeing this the leaden heart of the prince broke into two. As time passes the statue looked dull and unattractive and thus the city councillors decided to break the statue and melt the statue in the furnace. The whole statue melted but the heart remained the same which was also thrown near the dead swallow.

The god sent an angel to earth and told him to bring the most precious things from the earth and the angel returned with the heart of a prince and the body of a swallow. The god welcomes them both in his garden.

Ans. The prince sends the sapphires to a young writer and a match girl. The prince sends the sapphire to the young writer because he fainted due to cold and hunger, and could not finish his play. The matchgirl had fallen in the gutter and spoilt all the matches. The prince sends sapphire to both of them to solve their problems

Ans. The two precious things in the story were the leaden heart of the prince and the bird. The prince gave away all his riches, including his sapphire and gold to help the needy and the bird left his wish to go to Egypt and chose to live with the prince to help the poor

''The Happy Prince'' is ironic as it is a story about a Prince who is more sad than happy. His childhood could be considered a period of blissful ignorance as he was kept away from reality. Only after he dies as a statue does the Prince achieve happiness in heaven.

The moral of the story is that true happiness comes from leading a good and just life, even if that is a life where one must feel sadness through being compassionate and making material sacrifices. The reader could interpret that the Prince is happy in the true love the Prince and the bird have for each other, even during times of sorrow. A final irony is that when the Prince dies, he is accepted into heaven because he is a good soul. However, God rewards the Prince by placing him in the "City of Gold," where he is to praise God. It is up to the reader whether or not to consider this a criticism of religion.

The portrayal of the disparity between poverty and wealth in ''The Happy Prince'' is constant. The life of the Prince starts with riches, and he believes he is happy because he is only familiar with happiness and beauty and has never experienced or witnessed the concept of poverty, hunger, or sorrow growing up in the Palace of Sans-Souci (Palace Without Worries). He dies (how or at what age is not stated) but becomes a statue that the townspeople honor for its happy smile, beauty, and expensive gold and jewels.

"The Happy Prince" by Oscar Wilde is a short story about a prince who had a sheltered youth because he was only allowed around happiness and beauty. After his death, he becomes a golden statue and can see the poverty and desolation in the city. One day as winter is approaching, a bird, Swallow, flies to his feet and feels his tears of sadness. The Prince tells Swallow that he is sad because of human suffering. Although Swallow should fly south for the winter, he stays with the Prince to help him by delivering his jewels and plated gold to people in need. Once the Prince has lost all his gold and jewels, the townspeople judge him as ugly. Swallow demonstrates compassion and sacrifice by staying with the Prince because he has gone blind from giving away his jewel eyes. But since it has become winter, Swallow soon dies. The Prince then dies of a broken heart. However, in the end, the pair are rewarded with everlasting life in heaven.

This is the short story of The Happy Prince. Once, there was a statue of a prince. It was a statue with a ruby in his sword and emerald eyes. It was a statue with golden clothes. One day, on the way South, a sparrow stopped by the statue. He was tired and sleepy. So, he spent one night on the statue.

A cold, cold winter came. Now, the prince had nothing to share and the sparrow died in peace underneath the prince. The people in town buried the sparrow, broke up the statue and put the statue into the fire. The prince and the sparrow passes away. However, there beautiful hearts got together in the heaven and they lived happily ever after.

"The Happy Prince" is a fairy tale by Oscar Wilde about a romantic swallow and the statue of a prince, who, after spending all his life in luxury, is turned into a statue who watches all the misery outside his palace.

  • Animated Adaptation: Sad enough to scar your childhood, featuring Glynnis Johns and Christopher Plummer. Available here.

  • Bittersweet Ending: Ultimately, the Swallow never rejoins its flock, and the Prince's gifts go unnoticed by the rest of the village. Both are disposed of once they see the Prince's now-shabby state, but God sends His angels to retrieve their remains and welcome them into the kingdom of Heaven.

  • But Now I Must Go: Subverted. The Swallow repeatedly warns the Happy Prince that it needs to leave for Egypt and return to its flock, but the Prince doesn't let the Swallow go despite the latter's pleas. He does eventually allow the bird to leave after his last eye had been gifted away, but the Swallow offers to stay because it felt guilty about the Prince being unable to see anymore.

  • Died Happily Ever After: "for in my garden of Paradise this little bird shall sing for evermore, and in my city of gold the Happy Prince shall praise me."

  • Friend to All Living Things: Happy Prince oversees humans suffering and sympathizes for them all.

  • Gilded Cage: The Prince more or less lived in one of these when alive, since he wasn't even allowed to experience sadness and felt shocked when he looked onto the town as a statue and saw mostly poverty and misery.

  • Heroic Sacrifice: Happy Prince sacrifices all the gold leaves he is covered with. The Swallow helps him delivering them until he dies, as he can't stand the cold weather. And nobody finds them of any value afterward.

  • Humans Are Flawed: Given Wilde's sarcastic tone seen in the descriptions of the human characters. The people the Prince and Swallow help are at least grateful for their Mysterious Benefactor giving them means to survive with, but there are also many townsfolk who aren't so kind. Also provoked in the end where the humans do not acknowledge Happy Prince's sacrifices and see him as an old, ugly statue decorated with a dead swallow, all while the readers know what's really going on.

  • Interspecies Romance: The swallow is in love with a reed plant early in the story.

  • Ironic Name:"Who are you?" [The Swallow] said. "I am the Happy Prince." "Why are you weeping then?"

  • Last Kiss: Just before the Swallow dies, the Prince, thinking the former is just leaving for Egypt, asks it to kiss him on the lips before it goes. The Swallow obliges, and promptly drops down dead at his feet.

  • Samaritan Syndrome: The Happy Prince can't abide seeing people in misery when he can sacrifice the precious jewels and metals he's made of to help them get out of their poverty.

  • Likewise, the Swallow insists on getting back en route to Egypt to join the rest of its flock, but seeing the Prince's sorrow over the village people makes it stay to do as the Prince commands. And when both of the Prince's eyes are gifted away, the Swallow remains to tell the statue stories and deliver the gold leaf from his body.

  • Shout-Out: One of the villagers the Prince commands the Swallow to help is a little match-girl who hasn't sold any of her wares, often gets beaten if she doesn't return with profit, and is working in the middle of a harsh winter.

  • Stealth Pun: The description of the reed, which is full of double entendres about plants[...]The Reed shook her head, she was so attached to her home.

  • Spoiled Sweet: Happy Prince's back story is depicted as an absolute happy person who knows no sadness and hardship, and retains his kindness even after death.

  • Symbolically Broken Object: The Happy Prince's heart of lead breaks with a loud crack at the same moment that the swallow dies.

  • Take That!: Toward human teachers, philosophers, and those who are attached to logic and judge things by the covers.

  • Tears from a Stone: The Happy Prince is a statue, but on the first meeting with the Swallow he apparently cries to the point where his tears awaken the bird.



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