The Happy Prince


Oscar Wilde

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The Happy Prince Symbols

The Lead Heart

The Happy Prince has a heart made of lead, which breaks when his beloved Swallow dies of the cold. At first, this lead heart appears to emphasize the superficiality of the Prince’s beauty, though it…

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Although this story is set in an unknown city in the northwest of Europe (likely London), the Swallow’s desire to migrate to Egypt and his many stories about the country turn it into a…

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Wilde frequently uses children and youth as a symbol of innocence and goodness in “The Happy Prince.” The Prince only intercedes on behalf of children or young people—he chooses the seamstress due to her need…

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