The Happy Prince

Oscar Wilde

Short | Irish short story

Summary

"The Happy Prince" was published in 1888 in the book The Happy Prince and Other Tales, a collection of fairy tales for children. However, "The Happy Prince" can be considered an allegory, which is a story that has a moral and political meaning. The Happy Prince story has deep poignant symbolism and revolves around the central theme of selflessness and compassion. The main characters of the story, the Prince and the Swallow, pose as the epitome of empathy and sacrifice. The story shows us that true happiness can only be achieved through acts of kindness and compassion towards others. The Prince’s sacrifice in giving up his precious adornments to help the poor inspires the little bird to follow his path and ultimately leads to their own redemption and happiness.

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