"The Happy Prince" is a fairy tale by Oscar Wilde, which tells the story of a gilded and bejeweled statue of a prince standing atop a tall column in a city.
The statue, once a real prince who had lived a life of leisure and happiness, now observes the hardships and suffering of the townspeople from his lofty perch.
Moved by the plight of his citizens, the statue befriends a migratory swallow. The prince persuades the swallow to strip him of his gold leaf and fine jewels, and distribute them to the poor and needy, thus alleviating their suffering.
As the tale unfolds, it reveals themes of compassion, selflessness, and the stark divide between wealth and poverty. The story is celebrated for its emotional depth, its critique of social injustice, and its exploration of the true meaning of nobility and love.
Describe the city where the story takes place
Main characters from "The Happy Prince."
Detail the acts of charity the Swallow performs
Explain the values of empathy, sacrifice, and love demonstrated in the story