The Young King Summary

Satisfactory Essays
Topics: Monarchy
"The Young King" by Oscar Wilde is part of a collection of short stories and fairy tales published under the name of The House of Pomegranates". Most of the short stories in this collection have the expected traits of Wildean style in the form of epigrams and paradoxical endings, with an aim to appeal to the senses in a surprising and creative way.

The story "The Young King" is about a prince who is about to be crowned King. Yet, he never lived the life of a price before. This prince is an unclaimed son of the now dead King and, as a rule, he is the heir to the throne. Once he is brought to court, he is given all the rich luxuries of a future king. Yet, the night before his crowning, the boy has three nightmares involving the evils of Death, Avarice, the Plague, and Fever. In these dreams the young future King is clearly told that a lot of less fortunate people had to work hard at creating his jewels, and many sacrifice their lives so that the king could have all the things he needed on time for his coronation. Hence, the day of his coronation the boy wore the robes of a peasant, a stick instead of a sceptre, and a crown made of twigs. People around him felt ashamed of him and treated him disrespectfully, saying that he is embarrassing the upper classes. Yet, by this sacrifice something seemed to take place: The sun rose, and the boy's meagre clothing seemed to shine with the colors of the church glass. The stick grew into a beautiful vine, and in all it was as if the sacrifice showed the true beauty of his spirit. Even the bishop noticed this, and gave validity to the goodness of spirit versus the superficiality of riches.

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Better Essays

    Oscar Wilde - Young King

    • 1806 Words
    • 8 Pages

    Oscar Wilde's ‘The Young King' is the tale of a young man's metamorphosis, through a dream quest, that opens his eyes to the heart rendering struggle of the poor, who are exploited by the rich and the powerful to satisfy their own selfish needs. The change that takes place in the Young King reflects his attainment of the virtue asked for in Christ's message. The story begins with "the night before the day fixed for his coronation" and the young king, "being but sixteen years of age" sits alone in…

    • 1806 Words
    • 8 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Forever Young summary

    • 726 Words
    • 2 Pages

    Linh Nguyen 04/04/2015 The article "Forever Young" of the author Hillary Rosner was published on Septemper 2014 on Discover Magazine. The article was the summary and overview of the initial success of Daniel Doak when he studied the negative aging on Moss Campion. Ten years ago, Doak started to pay attention and study of the slow growth of Moss Campion, a low and flat plants that were found in the Alaska which are very small as the pushpin. According to the observation result, Moss Campion does…

    • 726 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    King Lear-summary

    • 488 Words
    • 2 Pages

    Navina Jayadass 7- Archimedes Summary for King Lear by William Shakespeare Lear, the aging king of Britain, decides to step down from the throne and divide his kingdom evenly among his three daughters. First, however, he puts his daughters through a test, asking each to tell him how much she loves him. Goneril and Regan, Lear’s older daughters, give their father flattering answers. But Cordelia, Lear’s youngest and favorite daughter, remains silent, saying that she has no words…

    • 488 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Oedipus, the King Summary

    • 562 Words
    • 3 Pages

    Sophocles' Oedipus, the King is a great representation of Greek tragedy and of the human experience. Within it, he explores the intricacies of human thinking and communication along with its ability to change as more information and knowledge is acquired. His primary focus as the story begins and progresses is the growth of Oedipus from an unintelligible and unenlightened mentality to its antithesis. <br> <br>Because the story was one familiar to most of its viewers in its time, there are certain…

    • 562 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    Oedipus The King Summary

    • 1096 Words
    • 5 Pages

    Oedipus the King A plague has stricken Thebes. The citizens gather outside the palace of their king, Oedipus, asking him to take action. Oedipus replies that he already sent his brother-in-law, Creon, to the oracle at Delphi to learn how to help the city. Creon returns with a message from the oracle: the plague will end when the murderer of Laius, former king of Thebes, is caught and expelled; the murderer is within the city. Oedipus questions Creon about the murder of Laius, who was killed by thieves…

    • 1096 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    M.2/3 #22 Mr. Richard Theze In What Ways Are The Young King and A Christmas Carol Alike? This essay is based on the world-wide classic dream fables, A Christmas Carol and the Young King. What’s written here is a discussion of the similarities of the behaviors and faults of the characters, the setting, the timing of the stories and certainly the three dreams. The young king dreamt that slaves worked hard and even died finding him, jewels. For Scrooge, he was…

    • 576 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Better Essays

    King Lear Summary

    • 2774 Words
    • 12 Pages

    English Review Rhetorical Devices Allegory- a narrative in which characters and setting represent general concepts and ideas (Ex the tortoise and the hare) Alliteration-draws attention to a string of word through repetition of their initial sounds (Ex As Frankenstein, Boris Karloff rambled, raged, and roared) Allusion- an indirect reference to a well-known event, person, thing, or quality. (Ex Hamlet’s alludes to the Garden of Eden) Analogy- helps the reader understand something unfamiliar by…

    • 2774 Words
    • 12 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    In the film/documentary King Corn two young men, Curtis and Ian, begin a journey started by a concerned. Human’s daily diet is affecting their health and as a result dying younger. In search of answers, they start tracking all what they eat. Eventually, they figured out they need experts to help them. By visiting a Chemist, they found out the main ingredient in their diet is corn. They don’t literally just eat corn; however almost everything they consume contains corn. After that discovery, they…

    • 236 Words
    • 1 Page
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Better Essays

    Background and Summary of King Lear Background of King Lear King Lear was written between 1603 and 1606, and is considered to be Shakespeare's greatest tragedy. The main plot was drawn from an old chronicle play called The True Chronicle History of King Leir and his Three Daughters, supplemented by treatments of that story in Raphael Holinshed's Chronicle of England, Scotland, and Ireland, Spenser's The Faerie Queen, and perhaps others. The subplot of Gloucester and his two sons comes from Sir…

    • 1780 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Rosario Y. Lopez Mrs. Walker ENG. 1301 November 02, 2012 Summary #1: HPV Vaccine Texas Tyranny Mike Adams essay, “HPV Vaccine Texas Tyranny”, demonstrates that the order made by Rick Perry, bypassing all the legislatures, to mandate the vaccination of young girls with the HPV vaccine sold by Merck, one of his contributors in his campaign, is absolutely worthless and an outright fraud.(445-447) Adams assumes that reality of all this situation is the push of profits. Adams starts to support…

    • 314 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Satisfactory Essays