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The Nightingale and the rose contains a main character that undergoes the hardship. How does Oscar Wilde sympathise with the Nightingale?

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The Nightingale and the rose contains a main character that undergoes the hardship. How does Oscar Wilde sympathise with the Nightingale? "The Nightingale and the Rose" contains a character that undergoes hardship. Oscar Wilde makes us sympathise with the Nightingale by clever use of situation and language. "The Nightingale and the rose" is set in a fairytale style genre; this also helps create sympathy for the Nightingale. In "The Nightingale and the Rose", the Student needs a red rose because "If I bring her a red rose she will dance with me till dawn. If I bring her a red rose, I shall hold her in my arms" this shows us that the student desires to be with her, and really wants a red rose. "But there is no red rose in my garden" this creates sympathy for the student because he wishes to be with her but without a red rose she shall not go with him to the dance. ...read more.

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This creates more sympathy because when she sacrifices herself it makes us sad because she was such a kind creature. The Student is another main character in the story. At the beginning of the story we feel sympathy for the student as he weeps for a red rose, so that he can go to the prince's ball with the girl. The student is so upset about the red rose that the nightingale believes he is a true lover. This strengthens the sympathy we feel for the nightingale because she is helping the student because she believes in love and no other reason. In the end the student does not go to the prince's ball with the girl. We feel even more sympathy for the nightingale at this point because she sacrificed herself for nothing because the student and the girl do not go the Prince's ball in the end. ...read more.

Conclusion

"The Nightingale and the Rose" is written in fairy tale genre, but it is not a typical fairy tale because it doesn't have a happy ending. The Nightingale and the rose has the rules of three: three rose bushes, and three songs. It also uses Anthropomorphism (A form of non-humans so that they have human characteristics); use of this is common in fairy tales. The story involves love, it involves magical elements, the story is a "Quest" for the Nightingale, and it has good/bad characters. But the nightingale and the rose is not a typical fairy tale because it does NOT have a happy ending. This creates sympathy because people expect a fairy tale to have a happy ending but when this ends unhappily, it is kind of shocking and creates sorrow for the nightingale when we realise that her sacrifice was meaningless to the student. In Conclusion, Oscar Wilde creates sympathy by using Phrases and words, fairy tale features and by clever use of situation. ...read more.

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