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The Selfish Giant: Introduction
The Selfish Giant: Plot Summary
The Selfish Giant: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Selfish Giant: Themes
The Selfish Giant: Quotes
The Selfish Giant: Characters
The Selfish Giant: Symbols
The Selfish Giant: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Oscar Wilde
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- Full Title: The Selfish Giant
- When Written: The late 1880s
- Where Written: London, England
- When Published: 1888
- Literary Period: Late Victorian Period
- Genre: Short Story, Fairy Tale, Allegory
- Setting: The Giant’s property and the surrounding neighborhood
- Climax: The Giant knocks down the wall around his garden, and welcomes the children back inside.
- Antagonist: The Giant’s Selfishness, The Forces of Winter
- Point of View: Third Person
Extra Credit for The Selfish Giant
The Giant Onscreen. “The Selfish Giant” has had many animated adaptations. The most famous of these is the 1971 animated short directed by Peter Sander, which was nominated for an Academy Award—but a quick internet search reveals countless animations of Wilde’s tale, in dozens of languages, designed as stories for children and early language-learners.
The Children Formerly Known As Wilde. After Oscar Wilde was convicted of “gross indecency,” Constance Lloyd changed her and her children’s last name to Holland. Vyvyan Holland recounts in his biography, Son of Oscar Wilde (1954), that his father was very devoted to his and his brother’s happiness, yet the boys’ maternal family prevented them from ever seeing Wilde after the conviction.