The suppression of Victorian fairy tales was due to the “social enforcement of the Puritan cultural code” (Zipes XIII) because there was an emphasis on...
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...f the egocentric characters to reveal social conflicts and contradictions” (Zipes 285). The Christ-like figure is represented by the statue of the Happy Prince that stands high above the city. The position of the statue is a direct criticism toward the British aristocracy hiding behind their throne, preventing the sadness and inequalities of society to enter the Palace; “did not know what tears were, for lived in the Palace, where sorrow is not allowed to enter” (Zipes 289). Sitting above the city allowed the Happy Prince to “see all the ugliness and all the misery of my city” (Zipes 289) and to utilize the gold and jewels from his statue to improve the lives of the poor. Wilde’s “The Happy Prince” exposed the domination and exploitation of the working class and giving them a voice to demand the end of the industrial revolution’s destructive effects.
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