The Happy Prince
The story is an allegory. It brings out the importance of charity. We learn that love and sacrifice can endear us to God. The prince in the story is no living prince. He is the statue of a dead prince decorated with gold leaves and precious stones. He is known as the Happy Prince because there is a smile on his lips. But the smile gradually gives way to tears. The Happy Prince cannot help crying over the scenes of misery in the houses of the poor. He decides to help them with his gold leaves and costly stones. The little swallow acts as his messenger, and he gives away all his wealth. The Swallow was on his way back to his homeland when the prince had detained him to help the poor. He still wished to go back but now it was too late. The intense cold killed him. Thus the little swallow lost his life in helping the poor. His death broke the prince’s heart. So the swallow and the prince perished for a noble cause. But their death was not the end. It made them immortal. That is why the angel selected the dead swallow and the lifeless heart of the prince as the noblest things on earth. The story teaches a very useful and very true lesson. We learn that God loves those who love their fellow human beings.
Q: Where was the swallow going ?Why ?
A: Winter had set in. The sallow was migrating to the warm climate of Egypt. His friends had already gone there & were flying up and down the nile.
Q: What broke the heart of the Prince ?
A: The swallow was going to die. He gave the king a dying kiss and dead . This grief broke the Prince’s heart.
Q: Describe in about 100 words the first meeting between the Happy Prince and the swallow .
A: The statue of the Happy Prince stood on a high pillar in the city square. A swallow was flying to Egypt where his friends had already gone because the Statue’s feet. Though the sky was clear, drops of water fell on the bird. He looked up and found the Prince was weeping. The swallow wanted to know what grieved him. The Prince said when he was alive he knew no misery. But now he was grieved how miserable his people were. His Heart was made of lead but he could not help weeping.
Q: Describe the friendship between the Prince and the swallow.
Q: Why did the swallow decide to stay on the Prince and server him?
A: The swallow wanted to go to Egypt where the climate was warm. His friend had already gone there. He had decided to have only a night’s sleep at the feet of the statue. But he agreed to postpone his going for a day to carry a ruby to the playwright. Then he Stayed on to carry a sapphire to the poor woman. When the prince sent away his second sapphire to the matchgirl, he become blind. The swallow decide to stay stay on to serve the kind blind Prince.
Q: What do you think is the most pathetic event in the story?
The swallow flew over the city and saw the miserise of the poor. He took them gold leaves which covered the statue. Winter set in and it was too could. There was snow and frost.
Q: Write a character-sketch of the Happy Prince.
A: When the Prince was alive he was unaware of the miseries of the miseries of the poor people of his city. After his statue was placed on a high pedestal. He wept. He wanted to help them but his messenger. He sent his ruby to The seamstress and his sapphires to the playwright and the match girl.
He become blind. He was stripped of gold lesves to help the poor. He loved the swallow and when he died the Prince’s heart broke with grief. He was kind and noble.
Q: “There is no Mystery as Misery.” Explain with reference to the lesson the Happy Prince.
A: These word are spoken by the Prince to the swallow. He realised the truth after his death. So long he lived in his pleased he was not aware of the pitiable condition of the poor. It is a mystery that inspite of so much wealth and riches in the world the poor starve and go naked.
The seamstrees cannot buy organes for Her ailing son. Though she works hard the Queen’s maid thinks is lasy. They are not allowed even to stay under an arch to protect themselves from rain.
Q: For whom does the prince send the sapphire and why?
A: The prince sends the sapphire to the poor playwright. The playwright’s hands are cold and numb. He can not write . He has to finish the play for the director of a there . He can not buy fire-wood to keep himself warn. So, the prince sends the sapphire to the playwright.
Q: What dose the swallow see when it flies over the city ?
A: The swallow flies over the great city. He sees the rich making merry in their beautiful houses. He sees poor beggars a the gates . In dark cold lanes, he sees starving children, and hungry boys being pushed out of the archway of a bridge into the rain.