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"...an attempt to mirror life in a form remote from reality" (Wilde).

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"...an attempt to mirror life in a form remote from reality" (Wilde). How far can this be said to be true of Oscar Wilde's fairy tales? Oscar Wilde uses conventional elements in his fairy tales to show different things such as love between the swallow and the reed and the student and the professors daughter from "The Happy Prince" Wilde also uses conventional elements in his happy endings such as in "The Happy Prince" the talking bird and the statue both get their rewards in a different way as they get their rewards after they have died in heaven for doing all their good deeds. Wilde shows poverty and inequality in "The Happy Prince" in several ways. Here are a few: Director of theatre: "There is no fire in the grate, and hunger has made him faint." Match Girl: "Her father will beat her if she does not bring home some money, and she is crying." ...read more.

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They don't appreciate what they have and always want more. Wilde shows the fickleness of human nature and love by the student thinking that he loves the professor's daughter, but he gets turned down and decides love is untrustworthy and so the student goes back to his books. Wilde shows romantic love by the nightingale believing that true love was worth dying for. He shows fickle love by the professors' daughter wanting something of value even though she asked the student for a red rose. She didn't love the student for who he really was. Science and Logic are reliable and trustworthy therefore the student goes back to his books after he finds that love turns him down. Wilde shows the selfish nature of human behaviour in "The Selfish Giant" because he is shown as a very selfish person because he did not let the children play in his garden so he keeps his garden all to himself "My own garden is my own garden" The Characters in Wilde's Fairytales do change as shown in "The selfish giant." ...read more.

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This is what Jesus says to the giant when Jesus say paradise he means heaven. "The nightingale and the rose" is unconventional because the students love refuses him. "The Happy Prince" is unconventional as it is a sad story showing death as the two main characters die and poverty which most normal fairytales do not show. "The Selfish Giant" is also unconventional as the giant dies at the end after he becomes kind hearted. Oscar Wilde's fairytales were unrealistic because in "The Happy Prince" the swallow could talk. In "The nightingale and the rose" the nightingale understood the student's problem and helps. In "The Selfish Giant" the seasons get stuck because the giant becomes cold hearted and selfish. In Oscar Wilde's fairytales Love mirrors real life because reality love can cause a lot of problems. In "The Selfish Giant" is showed that people can change from being greedy to generous. Poverty and inequality is a real issue in reality which was shown in Wilde's Fairy tale "The Happy Prince." ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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