"But the Tree cried to the Nightingaleâ€¦" to the end of the story.
Oscar Wilde's story, "The Nightingale and the Rose", takes on the
familiar fairytale form, however Wilde also incorporates modern issues
in his writing. He uses the basic structure of a fairy story to
communicate these issues with the reader.
In this extract we see the Nightingale pressing her breast against the
thorn in an effort to create a red rose for the student. As she
presses closer the rose grows deeper in colour, "louder and louder
grew her song, for she sang of the birth of passion". The louder and
more meaningful her song becomes, the deeper the crimson colour of the
rose becomes. "And a delicate flush of pink came into the leaves of
the rose, like the flush in the face of the bridegroom when he kisses
the lips of the bride." Here Wilde uses a simile to describe the
colour seen. This simile is carefully chosen to reflect upon modern
life and fairytale imagery.
This story uses familiar aspects of fairytales such as repetition and
groups of three.
"The Tree cried to the Nightingale to press close against the thorn.
'Press closer, little Nightingale,' cried the Tree, 'or Day will come
before the rose is finished.'" This is repeated and gives the
Nightingale's sacrifice a deserved emphasis. In addition to repetition
of speech Wilde also uses repetition to stress other clauses, "Bitter,
bitter was the pain, and wilder and wilder grew her song".
In "The Nightingale and the Rose" personification is used habitually.
In the quote above we see how "the Tree" and "Day" are personified.
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...h to the great price paid by the Nightingale to
produce the only red rose. And the rose is thrown onto the ground,
falls in the gutter and run over by a cartwheel. This exaggerates the
ignorance of society. "'What a silly thing Love isâ€¦'" comments the
Student as he returns to a "great dusty book".
In this deep story the Nightingale represents Wilde, the Student
represents the ignorant society and the rose represents the artistic
creation. Oscar Wilde himself being an artist in the way of writer,
poet and art lecturer, criticises society's lack of appreciation for
the arts. He uses a fairy story to reflect on modern life by using the
illustration of the tale to portray his view. "'The Nightingale and
the Rose' deals not only with the nature of romance and true love but
also with art and the sacrifice of the artist."
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