The Selfish Giant By Oscar Wilde Essay

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The short story “The Selfish Giant” by Oscar Wilde, is reminiscent of the kinds of fairy tales one hears as a child. It is the story of a Giant who closes himself off from others, and learns that the price of selfishness is loneliness. While the outside world enjoys Springs and Summers, the Giant is isolated in his own unceasing Winter. As time goes by, the Giant longs for Springtime, and eventually he realizes how he erred long ago. He opens up his garden so that the children who once played there might return with the Spring along with them. This story teaches the value of love and generosity, and warns that the price of selfishness is loneliness. The overarching theme of “The Selfish Giant” is that love toward others leads to one’s own happiness, and that selfishness will only lead to bitter loneliness. Early in the story, the Giant returns to his beautiful and lush garden to find children playing. In an act of selfishness, he drives all the children away, and builds a wall to keep them out**. This starts off the story by showing the conflict of the Giant with the children. As time goes by and the Giant remains alone in his garden, the Winter comes and finds refuge with him. The Winter spirits find solace in the Giants cold and selfish demeanor, and when Springtime comes around, the Winter decides to stay with him**. As the story goes on, the Giant misses the Spring and becomes more and more sad. The climax of the story occurs when the Giant awakes one morning to find…

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