Irony and Satire in The Happy Prince

The story The Happy Prince is a house of irony and satire. Oscar Wilde’s stories usually fill full with irony and satire, for instance we find out irony and satire on upper class in “The Little Match Girl” short story “.This story has a great satire on upper class society of 19th century. All the people are busy in new-year celebration.They have no feelings about poor and hunger people. Every person becomes happy,each and every one is busy in new year “THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL MORAL LESSON’ gives a moral lesson that we should take care of the poor people.On the contrary, the rich people are disappear from their moral duty in “The story “ The Little match girl”.The poor people are dying with hunger and coldness. They have no food for eating and have no clothes in coldest weather. FURTHER DETAIL FOR THIS STORY CLICK HERE

The Happy prince” is full of satire and ironical statements. Satire is a literacy term which means to point  out  the absurdities and follies of the people of the , ruler, characters, nature and countries in a server attack so that the people the can mend their ways and be the good citizen. Satire is also used  to point out the absurd customs and tradition  of a country. The exposure is made  by attaching and exposing their futility. There are many examples of satire in the story. The first example of satire comes in the beginning of the story. When the mathematics master dies not think it good for the chicken to dream. Although dreams play very vital role in the growth of  young people yet the master was not in favor of them. So here  are the lines where lies the satire.” The Mathematics master Frowned and looked very serve , for he did not approve of children dreaming.” 

When the story moves, on ,we get another satire when the councillors accept blindy whatever their mayor or says to be correct. The satire  is on the blind obedience . Sea the following lines in the connection.

      ” Dear Me! How shabby the Happy prince looks! He said ”

Shabby indeed! Cried the Town Councillors, who Always agreed with the Mayor, and they went up to look at it.,”.
Then in the story there is a satire on the character of woman in general . The satire becomes clear when the little swallow says to the read.
“You have been trifling with me he cried , lam off to the pyramids.” 
In the story there is satire on those rules who are ignorant of the suffering human beings . They enjoy their power but neglect their duties. See the lines.in the regard.

” When I was alive and had a human heart, answered the statue, I did not know what year were, for I lived in the palace of Sans- Souci , where sorrow is not allowed to enter.”

The story tells us that the real purpose of man life is to serve humanity.


       “The real purpose of man,s Life to serve humanity”.  

It’s is the serve to humanity , which brings the inward beauty to the statue. The swallow does a  great  service to humanity. He decided to live with the prince. The prince remained deaf to the sorrows and suffering of the poor. He was not aware of the hardship and suffering of the life. He lived in the place of Sans Souci,San- Souci is  a French phrase.  Sans means without  whereas. Souci means career and worries. Thus it means without caress and worries of life. Ha led a life of luxury. No sorrow or misery was allowed to enter in that place. In the form of statue he gave all the parts of his body to the poor . He had previous  Sapphires in his eyes, Ruby in his sword hits. In   this way he won the love of God and promoted humanitarianism.

Keeping in view the above examples, it is clear that the story is full of satirical elements as well as ironical.So, end of the story we can assume that ‘The Happy Prince” story has so many element of satire and irony in itself that forces us thinking about poor and needy persons.

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