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The Happy Prince Essay

  • Submitted by: kishbharti
  • on August 28, 2013
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,880 words

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The Happy Prince

                                                   Oscar Wilde

                                                                  Question # 1
                                    What type of life did the Happy Prince lead?

                         The Happy Prince lived in the palace of Sans-Souci where he led a life full of pleasure and delights. There was a wall around the palace that made it impossible for him to have a look around to know the true realities of life. His whole life circled around different joys. He led the dance parties in the palace and led the hunting parties in the forests. He did not know what the cares and worries were. He remained engrossed like all the other members of royal families in his pursuit of pleasure. He was so happy that his courtiers gave him the title of the Happy Prince and happy indeed he was. So he lived and so he died. After his death his statue was erected on a high column above the city so he could see the ugliness and misery spread around him and for the first time he became aware of the life led by poor people.

                                                              Question # 2
                                What did he see from the high column above the city?

                          Happy Prince stood high above the city and could survey the whole city from that high position. He could notice all the misery and suffering of poor people. He could see the deprived people dying without a morsel of bread. He could register the agony of sick and helpless kids. The sapphires in his eyes reflected to him the miserable young men who were pining under the slabs of want and hunger. His mortal eyes were closed after his death but his eyes made of sapphire could take these dismal scenes directly to his soul. His heart made of lead was wrung with helplessness because he was tied to a pedestal and could not move. He wanted to relieve...

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