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.
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.
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.
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