The Happy Prince

Relazione in lingua inglese sul racconto d Oscar Wild "Il principe felice" tipo file: doc word n.pag. 1 (0 pagine formato doc)

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Giovanni Cignola cl The Happy Prince “The Happy Prince” was written by Oscar Wild, who was an importanta Irish writer, born in 1854.
The tale is about a swallow who had fallen in love with a reed and, when his friends migrated to Egypt, decided to remain with her; but the reed had no conversation, so one day the swallow left her to catch up his friends in Egypt and he arrived in a town where decided to spend the night on a statue. This was the statue of the Happy Prince who, from an high column saw all over the town with his eyes of bright sapphires; he had also a red ruby glowed on his sworld-hilt and he was gilded all over with leaves of fine gold. After seeing that the statue's eyes were full of tears, the swallow asked him why and the Happy Prince explained to the little swallow that he had been living for all his life in the palace of Sans-Souci, without the knowledge of anything a part of happyness, but, after his death, he had been put on the top of that column where he could see the ugliness and the misery of the city.
He asked the swallow to help the poor people, so, night by night, the swallow took the ruby, the sapphires and the leaves of gold from the statue and brought them to the poorest persons. In the beginning the swallow still wanted to go to Egypt, but, when the winter come, he decided to stay with the Prince because he loved him and he had been very happy to help people. When the cold killed the swallow, the Happy Prince's heart broke in two. Looking at the statue stripped of all his jewels, the Mayor of the town decided to make it pulled down. God asked one of his angels to bing him the two most important things in the city and the angel taked the leaden heart of the Happy Prince and the body of the dead bird. Now the swallow and the Happy Prince are in paradise. Wild chose the form of a fairy tale to write “The Happy Prince”, so we could find a dreaming atmosphere and the magic number of three in the tale, number which is typical of myths and legends, but we could also see in the tale the Wild's attention to the problems of poverty in the cities of the Victorian's England. Wild was touched by the injustice, looking at sadness and misery one side, richness and happiness other side. In my opinion the tale want to be a mirror of the modern inequitous socety order, in which the authority, the Mayor and the Town Councillors, could not see the real problems of the town and do not know what is useful. This is also the story of a real friendship which teaches the swallow the happiness caming from loving and making sacrifices for others. I think the tale can be read now as in Wild's age.