Literary Criticism II
MarlizaYeni SS, MA and Edria Sandrika M.Hum
March 12, 2013
The Happy Prince and Other Tales
Collection of children’s stories written in 1888, dealing primarily with love and selfishness. These stories are generally sad, with a moralistic message. The collection includes: The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose, The Selfish Giant, The Devoted Friend, and The Remarkable Rocket. In Oscar Wilde's works always convey impressions / criticisms of the order and condition of the people in his time who strangely still relevant to current conditions. The stories are written in an almost liturgical style. They're beautiful, they're dry, they're preachy, and they’re overly emotionally charged. They're about charity and compassion and love and selflessness, and they're just so heavy-handed about it. The Happy Prince is actually quite beautiful, and reads to me like something out of Arabian Nights. I was surprised by the tone and content, because it's so starkly fixed on compassion and charity, morals and values I don't normally associate with Wilde, and the end is dramatic and Biblical, but not so much as to make me roll my eyes. It was acceptable. The Nightingale and the Rose was terrible. And far too realistic. And also justified all the side-eyes I’ve always given the idea of love. It’s about love and sacrifices made me sad too.
The Selfish Giant just plain made me angry. These children are trespassing on the Giant's land. He was absolutely right to put up the NO TRESPASSING SIGN and threaten legal action. It is HIS garden. He can do whatever he wants with it, even let it just sit there. Those little bastard children would have stayed off his land if they had any manners. GET OFF HIS LAWN YOU LITTLE TROLL. I have to wonder, though, if my feelings here are strongly influenced by the fact that I am an American. Our legal system allows for adverse possession, where if you don't use your land and someone...