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In an essay of 4-5 pages discuss how Oscar Wilde's uses his stereotypes and concepts from traditional fairy tales and inverts them in his short stories. Oscar Wilde's fairy tales were written in Victorian times and reflects the era of Victorian regime in his stories. The appearance is shown the most important thing and conflict between rich and poor with people having no civil responsibilities at all are often seen in Wilde's stories. A fairy tale is more like a wonder tale, involving many artificial things and elements, although it is not necessarily about fairies. Traditional fairy tales often have the same beginning and ending including good and evil or positive and negative. Heroes are often described as brave, courageous and handsome where as heroines are likely to be described as beautiful. The evil characters are wicked animals, giants or characters that are supposed to act foolish, rather stupid in the story. Whoever the characters were, they were supposed to be known by their outfit or descriptions. The common features included were fighting evil, rescuing, selfish and proud characters. Most of the fairy tales opened with a happy start, a twist later on and ended with meeting of two peoples or indicated with 'happy life ever after'. ...read more.


The human nature of greediness is shown when even after melting the statue in furnace, mayors have a meeting to decide what to do with the metal and decides to build their own statue. There is no morale respect shown whatsoever to the statue of "The happy Prince". Another fickle nature shown in Wilde's fairy tales is in "The Nightingale and the Rose". The author introduces us to a young student who claims to be in true love with Professor Daughter and cries for her for hours. But audience can confirm after reading the story that it was indeed just a fickle human nature. The girl promises the student that she will go out with her if he manages to get the rose, the rose which later result in death of Nightingale as a sacrifice for a true love. But after the boy gets rose and Nightingale's already dead, the girl denies him because if she goes out with her suitor she could have her jewellery she wanted. Here once again, Wilde's convince audience of the 'greed' as part of the human nature. To conclude, the nightingale sacrifice had no meaning. ...read more.


Readers could easily visualise the scene because of the descriptions used and helps in raising the reader's curiosity. Oscar Wilde's tales can be compared to natural fairy tales but yet they match with modern life. Wilde's tales are very different from traditional fairy tale. All of Wilde's three fairy tales has sad ending and no specific ending. Wilde's tales are very effective as it show the reader the flaws of modern life, selfishness and greed. His tales are also effective as the language he uses is very solid and straight. To conclude, I think people will get the message that Oscar Wilde's want to get across to the reader that fickle nature are destructive, the shortfalls of people who are selfish, the comparison of rich and poor and so on. I think Oscar Wilde's tales are still popular because they are short and so quick to read and memorise. The moral messages are given frequently and because they are based on modern life, it's good for children's as well. The most important thing is Oscar Wilde has adopted a new way of providing readers with fun and knowledge. ?? ?? ?? ?? Name: Uchit Singh 1 ...read more.

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