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The Nightingale and the Rose

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Transcript of The Nightingale and the Rose

The Nightingale and the Rose
By: Oscar Wilde

This story has two settings: the student's garden and the doorway of his princess's house. The student spends his time at the garden looking for a rose in the beginning of the story. The next morning he goes to the princess's house to give it to her. Part of the story also takes place at night when the nightingale sacrifices herself .
Theme
The theme for the Nightingale and the Rose is the changing of the human emotions. In the beginning of the story, the student wants to get that rose for the princess and he is excited but when he realizes that he does not have that rose he becomes devastated. Later on when he finds that rose the nightingale left him, again once more he becomes thrilled. When the princess rejects him he becomes completely full of hatred and anger.
Symbolism
Irony
The irony in this story is that the nightingale expects that her sacrifice will allow the Student to be happy and will allow love between him and the girl, while the Student only expects the happiness of the girl, which the nightingale doesn’t really care for. In the end none of these things happened which is an example of situational irony.
Summary/Plot
Exposition
Conclusion
The nightingale pierced her heart with a thorn from the bush and the next morning a red rose grew. The student quickly got the flower and went to the princess's house so he could give her the rose; but she declined it. Another man had already given her a necklace which was worth much more. The student threw the rose on the road where it fell in the gutter and he went back home completely heartbroken.
Climax
A nightingale over heard his weeping and deiced to go help him out.
Rising Action
Falling Action
The nightingale flew all around town until he found a rose bush. The bush told her that because it was out of season, the roses wouldn't be able to grow. The nightingale would have to sacrifice her own life in order to help make the rose bloom, and so she did.
Setting
Author Biography
Oscar Wilde was born 16 October 1854 in Dublin, Ireland and died 30 November 1900 (aged 46) in Paris, France. He was an aesthetic writer. Oscar Wilde is often seen as a homosexual icon, although he did have a wife and two daughters. His mother was a writer also.
~The red rose symbolizes love. It is so hard to find and sometimes it involves sacrifices and pain.
~The student symbolizes nativeness. He
believes anything he is told. For example the princess going to the dance with him if he gave her a rose.
~The princess symbolizes materialism because she picked her partner based on the gifts they give her instead of the feelings they had for her.
A princess told a student that she would go the the dance with him if she brought her a red rose.
The student went home too look in his backyard to see if he had a red rose, but he didn't.
This story started off with a student who wanted to go to a dance with the girl he liked. The girl said she would dance with him if he got her a red rose. But the student was unable to find a red rose. A nightingale overheard them and decided to go search for a rose herself. The nightingale ended up sacrificing herself to grow a rose for the student. But the following day, the girl had already gotten pearls from another man and she disregarded the rose. The student flung the precious rose into the gutter and got over his feelings in half a day.
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