What Is The Character Analysis The Swallow In The Happy Prince By Oscar Wilde?


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'The Happy Prince' is a short story written by Oscar Wilde and published in May 1888. The overriding theme of these stories is an appreciation of love, charity and compassion.
'The Happy Prince' is a story of a metal statue who makes friends with a migratory bird to bring happiness to a city. The friendship is sparked when a swallow decides to sleep at the feet of a metal statue erected in memory of the 'Happy Prince' who had lived in a palace where sorrow was not allowed. Just as the swallow was about to sleep, it was awoken by several drops of water, which turned out to be the tears of the statue. The Happy Prince was crying because he could see the misery of his own city. He asked the swallow to be his messenger and instructed him to take sapphires and jewels from his statue to give to townspeople suffering from misfortune.
The Prince insisted that the swallow pluck out the sapphires from both his eyes to help two different townspeople. As a result of this, the statue became blind and the swallow had to describe to him the things he had seen across the city.
The swallow soon realised he would die because of the cold winter. The Prince asked the swallow to kiss his lips because he loved him. The swallow did so and fell down at the Prince's feet. At that moment a crack sounded inside the statue as the Prince's heart broke. The statue was then pulled down and put into a furnace as it was no longer deemed 'beautiful', but the broken heart would not melt and was brought up to heaven along with the swallow by an angel charged by God to find 'the two most precious things in the city'.
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Those people who can devote their lives to doing good things for others. He is different from other swallows in that he knows well that he must die if he still stays with the Happy Prince, but he still finds it is worth doing that. God asks the angel to take the precious thing in the city and one of those things brought back is the body of the swallow.
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It means the generous person.
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Muhammad Ali answered
In the story named as "The Happy Prince" which is basically a short story by Oscar Wilde the meaning of swallow is very simple.

Swallow renders to be a small bird and that bird. And these types of birds are usually with long pointed wings and have a large mouth to eat the insects. They are very famous due to their long migrations from one place to another place. In the story of Happy Prince the bird which has been discussed by the writer is that kind of bird. And the Happy Prince calls the birds again and again to help him in getting satisfaction about his people.

So you must understand that swallow didn't use in the story of The Happy Prince as a verb but it is basically a noun and it means a small and a very graceful bird with swift flying abilities. The Happy Prince would often orders the swallow to do what he had ordered. So swallow means a bird in the story of Happy Prince.
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