publication . Bachelor thesis . 2007

Oscar Wilde’s “The Happy Prince” : The Hidden Messages and the Debate on the Target Audience

Bseiso, Layla;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2007
  • Publisher: Högskolan Dalarna, Engelska
  • Country: Sweden
Abstract
Oscar Wilde’s fairytales have been read to children for more than a century. Nevertheless, since the time of their publication in 1888 and 1891, the target audience of The Happy Prince and Other Tales and A House of Pomegranates have been the concern of critics. Delving into the context behind the rich and colourful imagery, one can find implications of homosexuality, the Paterian aesthetic and religious connotations. According to Carol Tattersall, The Happy Prince and Other Tales successfully mislead the public that it is innocent of any intention to undermine established standards of living or writing. Tattersall’s argument is based on comparing the first coll...
Subjects
free text keywords: Wilde, Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince, Fairytales, Children's literature
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