The Happy Prince short story by Oscar Wilde – Summary

The story is an allegory. It brings out the importance of charity. We learn that love and sacrifice can endear us to God. The prince in the story is no living prince. He is the statue of a dead prince decorated with gold leaves and precious stones. He is known as the Happy Prince because there is a smile on his lips. But the smile gradually gives way to tears. The Happy Prince cannot help crying over the scenes of misery in the houses of the poor. He decides to help them with his gold leaves and costly stones. The little swallow acts as his messenger, and he gives away all his wealth. The Swallow was on his way back to his homeland when the prince had detained him to help the poor. He still wished to go back but now it was too late. The intense cold killed him. Thus the little swallow lost his life in helping the poor. His death broke the prince’s heart. So the swallow and the prince perished for a noble cause. But their death was not the end. It made them immortal. That is why the angel selected the dead swallow and the lifeless heart of the prince as the noblest things on earth. The story teaches a very useful and very true lesson. We learn that God loves those who love their fellow human beings.

61 thoughts on “The Happy Prince short story by Oscar Wilde – Summary”

  1. it was in my 12th English book..really the best story I have ever read. not only summary must read the whole story.

  2. do not just rely on its summary… its better to read the whole story and to have your own summary… researching summaries are only just a guide for you..

  3. really i enjoy nd love diz summary of short story nd whn a hearing ths stry i feel vry much interesting i love diz stry thank you

  4. i love this summary becoz i don't have to read the whole book then do my holiday homework From SOUMYA SRIVASTAVA

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  9. Ive read the Happy Prince and have seen the animated special narrated by Christopher Plummer. The story is about love kindness charity altruism and sacrifice which are all devoid in the world. The Happy Prince and the Swallow are the only kind beings in this story set in a grimy city. If the Happy Prince were alive today he would see the ugliness cruelty pollution carnage alienation and dehumanization from cars and motor vehicles. Evil and cruelty rules the world and the Devil rules the world. There is no way a loving God can be in control of whats going on in this screwed up world.

  10. u have given a good summary of it.the readers should relish the short story by reading the original so read it

  11. mah english teacher told me to read dis…bt wht spcl is in this dat i shud read it..-anjali singh attri

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