The Happy Prince

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The Happy Prince’s analysis
1. Inciting moment
The city stood the statue of the Happy Prince, which is very beautiful, decorated with fine gold, ruby and sapphires. The citizens love it, however, some of them think it is not useful.

At the beginning of this story, the author directly described the Happy Prince's appearance and then used the citizens' words to emphasize the "happy" image of the Happy Prince. However, after reading the whole story, we can noticed that the name of the Happy Prince is ironic, since he wasn't happy at all.

2. Exposition
The Swallow fall in love with Reed, so he didn’t go to Egypt with the other swallows. After other swallows had gone, he felt lonely and tired of his lover, the Reed. The swallow think the Reed is a coquettish girl, so he decided to leave her.

This part led to the reason why the Swallow departed and met the Happy Prince. We also think that the love for the Reed is not the passion of the Swallow's life.

3. Complication
The Swallow arrived at the city and alighted between the feet of the Happy Prince. A drop fell on the Swallow, and he found out that the drop was the Prince’s tear. The Happy Prince demanded the Swallow to be his messenger, helping him to bring the jewels to someone in need; however, the Swallow agreed reluctantly.

In this episode, the Swallow grudgingly promised to help the Happy Prince contrasts with the behavior that he willingly stayed with the Happy Prince and even sacrifice his life.

4. Climax
The Happy Prince became blind, so the Swallow decided to stay with him and replaced his empty eyes, to watch the city and tell the Happy Prince what he sees. The Happy Prince then requested the Swallow to take off the fine gold covered on him and sent the gold to the poor.

Although the Happy Prince lost his eyes, he still gave away his last precious decoration-the gold. This shows the meaningful spirit of self-sacrifice. It was when the Swallow looked around the city discovering the misery and was moved by the kind Happy Prince that made him stay.

5. Reversal
The Swallow soon realized he would die because of the cold winter. He determined not to leave the Prince, because he loved him so much.

This is another example for self-sacrifice.

6. Catastrophe
The Prince asked the Swallow to kiss his lips, and the Swallow did so then fell down at the Prince's feet. At that moment, a crack sounded inside the statue as the Prince's heart broke. The statue was then pulled down and put into a furnace as it was no longer deemed “beautiful”.

The dramatic heart crack happens at the time that the Swallow died, we think that it represent that the Happy Prince is totally heartbroken and also felt desperate with the city.

7. Moment of last suspense:
Finally, the God asked his angels to find “the two most precious things in the city ." The Happy Prince’s broken heart would not melt and was brought up to heaven along with the dead swallow.

At the final part of this tragic story, the author used the God to convey that though the world is miserable, there is always something warm and nice happening around to illuminate our world, just like the Happy Prince and the Swallow.

Our opinion:
The Swallow came across the Happy Prince after he ended the relationship with the Reed. At first, the Swallow tried to get out of the Happy Prince by promising to distribute his ruby to the poor woman and stay with him for a night. However, the Swallow became much uncertain about his trip to Egypt after he finish many requests from the Happy Prince. He started to see the misery of the city and that had made him to stay with the Happy Prince. Although, in the end, the Swallow and the Happy Prince were abandoned by the people in the city, they still accomplished their dream to help the poor. We thought that it is irony because the citizen firstly regarded the Happy Prince as the positive representation of the city, but after the Happy Prince became shabby, they...
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