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"The Nightingale and the Rose" by Oscar Wilde
Transcript of "The Nightingale and the Rose" by Oscar Wilde
Love and Self-sacrifice
Ironic and Sad
Point of View:
* The events take place at the student´s garden.
“From her nest in the holm-oak tree the Nightingale heard him, and she looked out through the leaves, and wondered”.(Wilde 23)
Love vs Reason
*His loved one requested him to bring her a red rose if he wanted to dance with her.
“ ‘She said that she would dance with me if brought her red roses’ cried the young Student; ‘ but in all my garden there is no red rose’ ”(Wilde 23)
* The Student finds the red rose and brings it to the Professor´s daughter to dance with her.
*She refuses his invitation because she said roses are not as valuable as jewels.
*The Student throws the rose into the street and it was destroyed by a cart-wheel.
* So the Nightingale pressed closer against the thorn, and the thorn touched her heart, and a fierce pang of pain shot through her. Bitter, bitter was the pain, and wilder and wilder grew her song, for she sang of the Love that is perfected by Death, of the Love that dies not in the tomb. (Wilde 29
*It is pleasant to sit in the green wood, and to watch the Sun in his chariot of gold, and the Moon in her chariot of pearl. Sweet is the scent of the hawthorn, and sweet are the bluebells that hide in the valley, and the heather that blows on the hill. (Wilde 27)
: It is the most likeable character in the whole story. She is unselfish, kind, nice, and dares to sacrifice her own life for true love.
He is a boy that reads books about philosophy and also, studies metaphysics. He is in love with the Professor’s daughter, but he is suffering because the girl does not want to go to the ball with him. He is looking for a red rose to give it to the Professor’s daughter.
She is a selfish girl that asks the student to find a red rose if he wans to go with her to the ball. She rejects the student because the Chamberlain’s nephew gives her real jewels.
The Red Rose Tree:
It is a tree that could not blossom red roses. It proposes a terrible way to build the red rose out.
The lizard, the butterfly and the daisy:
They ask why the student is crying and make fun of the student.
White Rose Tree and Yellow Rose Tree:
They refuse the nightingale question because their roses are not red like the one the nightingale is looking for.
He gives real jewels to the professor’s daughter.
* The rose-tree warned the nightingale that the only way it can get the rose was too terrible to tell it.
There is a way
, answered the Tree,
but it is so terrible that I dare not tell it to you
*After the Rose-tree told the nightingale the way in which it can get the rose, the nightingale takes a time to think about the beauty of life and death as a price for the red rose.
“ ‘Death is a great price to pay for a red rose,’ cried the Nightingales, ‘ and Life is very dear to all”.(Wilde 27)
*The Nightingale sacrifices itself to build the rose out.
“‘Look, look!´cried the Tree, ‘the rose is finished now’ ; but the Nightingale made no answer, for she was lying dead in the long grass, with the thorn in her heart’". Wilde 30)
* The Student complains about love and regards it as silly, useless and unpractical.
“ ‘What a silly thing Love is, ‘ said the Student as he walked away’ “
He returns to his room to read a Metaphysics book.
“So he returned to his room and pulled out a great dusty book, and began to read. “. (Wilde 31)
Material possessions, greed
'Why is he weeping?' asked a little Green Lizard, as he ran past him with his tail in the air.
'Why, indeed?' said a Butterfly, who was fluttering about after a sunbeam.
'Why, indeed?' whispered a Daisy to his neighbour, in a soft, low voice.
'He is weeping for a red rose,' said the Nightingale.
'For a red rose!' they cried; 'how very ridiculous!' and the little Lizard, who was something of a cynic, laughed outright.
But the Nightingale understood the secret of the Student's sorrow (Wilde 24-25)
“His hair is dark as hyacinth-blossom, and his lips are red as the rose he of his desire” (Wilde 23-24)
“She will dance so lightly that her feet will not touch the floor” (Wilde 24)
“It is more precious than emeralds, and dearer than fine opals” (Wilde 24)