Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde: The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince and Other Fairy Tales
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In opposition to the first writers of fairy tales who expostulated the conservative social values of the fairy-tale genre in the nineteenth century and "[t]he morality and ethics of a male-dominated Christian civil order" Zipes , 9. Wilde subverted and transformed these values.

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It is significant that Wilde used homosexuality-or with a more common term of the period, "male love"-appearing as a theme in most of his fairy tales. There is a lack of critical attention in reading Wilde's fairy tales in the light of a presence of homosexual themes especially in the wake of Wilde's first homosexual experience with Robert Ross in his early youth. This essay will analyze the homosexual representations in Wilde's fairy tales and his experience of Victorian homosexuality in the light of Platonic desire in "The Happy Prince". Most of the critics discuss Wilde's fairy tales through Marxist perspective; because all of them mirror injustice, inequality, and sympathy with the poor in late Victorian life.

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The Happy Prince and Other Tales is a collection of stories for children by Oscar Wilde first Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child presented a version of the title story set in New York City featuring Ed Koch as the Happy Prince (who. Arguably the most famous and beloved of Oscar Wilde's nine fairy tales, this particular rendition stands apart from the others due to its brilliant illustrations by a.

As Norbert Kohl observes, the tension in the fairy tales arose "between asocial egotism and social responsibility, between selfishness and thought for others" Many critics emphasized the representation of Christ figure, especially with the statue figure in the story The Happy Prince, nightingale in The Nightingale and the Rose, the Dwarf in The Birthday of Infanta, the child in The Selfish Giant, and Christian moral values as well.

My focus will be on homosexual representation and homoerotic voices in Oscar Wilde's fairy tale. Wilde dealt with the social taboos, thus he revealed his repressed feelings and desires through fairy-tale genre to express his liberal ideas. The homoerotic relationship between the Swallow and the Prince in The Happy Prince or the depiction of the author's masochistic impulses or torments in The Selfish Giant echoed Wilde's homosexual desire, which was a taboo subject in the society of his time.

Although Wilde's tales were written just before the homosexual-heterosexual binary became definitive, he did not contextualize his love for males. He was sentenced not because of practicing "homosexuality", but for "perversion" or criminalization of "sodomy" by Lord Alfred Douglas Dellamore Besides, Wilde was "positive about male-male desire" Dellamore in the era fin de siecle taking Pater's aestheticism as a model. In fact, Wilde's relationship with young men like Lord Alfred Douglas was not physical but erotic: referring them as "pure" and "spiritual" White As White states, "Wilde's words for beautiful are all synonyms for 'innocent'" and what attracted him to "Bosie derived from 'boysy' was his childlike quality: 'My sweet rose, my delicate flower, my lily of lilies'" White An unknown error has occurred.

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