The Nightingale and the Rose by Oscar Wilde

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Having been written when Oscar Wilde’s literary career was blossoming, The Nightingale and the Rose is one of his most well-known works. This tale reflects the author’s glorification of natural beauty, artificial beauty and also the beauty of devoted love. Beauty and art were the measure of all things. He admired unselfishness, kindness and generosity. In this tale, the true love is the main theme and the appearance of other characters is to show their attitudes towards the true love, which are very different.
The Nightingale and the Rose was published in 1888. In the story, a Student fell in love with a Professor’s daughter who wouldn’t want to dance with him in the prince’s ball, unless he can find a red rose for her to wear. Because of
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“It is not half as useful as Logic, for it does not prove anything, and it always telling one of things that are not going to happen, and making one believe things that are not true. In fact, it is quite unpractical, and, as in this age to be practical is everything, I shall go back to Philosophy and study Metaphysics”. With these words, we can see that the Student is not a true lover as we expected. In fact, he is an ignorant of love, not persistent in pursuing love, and he doesn’t know the true meaning of love. Indeed, what he calls “love” is just a crush.
The second character set in this tale is the Green Lizard, the Daisy and the Butterfly. They are all curious when the Student cries, and burst into laugh when the Nightingale says that he cried for a red rose. They think that it is very ridiculous. They don’t believe in something that is so-called true love. They all are cynics, people who see little or no good in anything and who have no belief in human progress; people who show this by sneering and being contemptuous. In other words, the Green Lizard, the Daisy and the Butterfly are trivial people that don’t have trust in true love.
The outstanding character of this tale is the

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