Essay on Oscar Wilde and His Fairy Tales

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Oscar Wilde And His Fairy Tales

I. Introduction
Wilde, Oscar (Fingal O'Flahertie Wills) (b. Oct. 16, 1854, Dublin, Ire ?d. Nov. 30, 1900, Paris, Fr.) Irish wit, poet and dramatist whose reputation rests on his comic masterpieces Lady Windermere's Fan (1893) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1899). He was a spokesman for Aestheticism, the late19th-century movement in England that advocated art for art's sake. However, Oscar Wilde's takeoff of his enterprise and, his shaping of his characteristic style of works could be both considered originating from his fairy tales. It was not until his first collection of fairy tales had come out that he was regarded as an influential author. The British magazine Elegance, in which his The Selfish
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Any well-educated individual knows Wilde the extravagant and flamboyant homosexual, however few ever look past this façade to uncover his deeply spiritual and moral side. A great deal of his work does not simply make sneaky comments on homosexuality and the Aesthetic British society of the late Victorian era, much of it instead illustrates Christian values, spiritual well-being, and a hope for the good of humanity. His two volumes of fairy tales, The Happy Prince, 1888, and A House of Pomegranates, 1891, in particular clearly critique many aspects of nineteenth century British society such as the government and religious systems, but never stray from promoting moral decency and social ethics. A close investigation of a few examples from Wilde's tales depicts not a lost soul, decadent and depraved, but rather a virtuous man hoping for the utopian society he envisions. Wilde creates an appropriate arena to voice this somewhat objectionable hope for humanity in a socially accepted manner within his fairy tales through the use of rhetorical devices such as genre, persona, tone, and allusion. Readers are given the chance to identify with his characters and moreover, learn from the hardly the immoral lesson of which he is so often accused.
III. The Summaries of the Three Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde—The Happy Prince, The Selfish Giant and The Young King
Possibly all of Wilde's tales illustrate his use of rhetorical devices in

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