Reflection Paper of the Happy Prince

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THE HAPPY PRINCE Literature study is a book consists of many useful short stories. Each of them is very beneficial for the reader. One of the stories in that book that caught my attention was “The Happy Prince”. This short story was written by Oscar Wilde in 1888. In this story, it talks about the generosity of a talking statue. I really love reading this book. In addition, I am going to analyze the whole story: a summary of the story, an analysis of a symbol of happy prince, and my idea toward the contribution of the happy prince toward his people. Happy prince was once a human whose life was full of exhilaration and happiness. He never gets to see what life like beyond that thick wall of his palace. When he died, they built him a…show more content…
Like in this story, happy prince makes an enormous contribution to his people. Third, the happy prince status stands for happiness. In the story, the happy prince status always smiles. And his smile sometime was envy by the other of those who dwelling beneath him. Last but not least, the happy prince status represents admiration. He was once a prince in that town, he was loved by his people in his time and they build him a status made of gold and rare stones. The main character, the happy prince, makes a huge contribution to his people. He sacrifices himself for others. He even gives up his own eyes to save those poor people in his town. His sacrificial act was respectful. But, I personally do not approve with his method of contribution. I do agree that helping other is the right thing to do, but if you assist other without looking at your current state, it is not a very good choice at all. Like the happy prince, he already has his eyes plucked, yet he keeps helping those needy people until he got himself melted in the burning furnace. Even though, in the end, he was taken to the heaven because of his sacrificial act. But in real life, the god does not exist; therefore, I totally against the happy prince’s method of helping those moneyless people. After reading this story a dozen times, I have realized that this story mentally teach me many of things about life. In society where people are
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