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The Nightingale and the Rose by Oscar Wilde

An allegorical fable of love, sacrifice and selfishness. As with all of Wildes short stories it embodies strong moral values and is told with an effervescence akin to that of the 1001 nights.

It is the tale of a lovestruck student who must provide his lover with a red rose in order to win her heart. A nightingale overhearing his lament from a solitary oak tree is filled with sorrow and admiration all at once, and decides to help the poor young man.

She journeys through the night seeking the perfect red rose and finally comes across a rambling rose bush but alas, the bush has no roses to offer her. However, there is a way to MAKE a red rose, but with grave consequences.

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"She promised she'd dance with me if I brought her a red rose," cried a young heart-broken student. "But there's not one in this whole garden." / From her nest in.
Oscar Wilde

The Nightingale and the Rose by Oscar Wilde

The Nightingale heard him from her nest in an old tree. She looked out through the leaves and listened. But there is no red rose in my garden, so she will not notice me and my heart will break. Love is a wonderful thing. But the Nightingale understood why the Student was so sad. She opened her wings and flew up into the air.

THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE ROSE. Oscar Wilde. Wilde, Oscar () - An Irish-born English poet, novelist, and playwright. Considered an eccentric, he .
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The Nightingale and the Rose Oscar Wilde Being in nature or even viewing scenes of nature increases pleasant feelings and makes us feel better emotionally. Nature also soothes us and shares our pains. Do you have any such experiences? Does nature really helps us when are in trouble or in need? I have read all that the wise men have written, and all the secrets of philosophy are mine, yet for want of a red rose is my life made wretched. If I bring her a red rose 1.

In The Nightingale and the Rose by Oscar Wilde we have theme of love, sacrifice, selflessness, pity, materialism and gratitude. Taken from his The Complete Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the third person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that the young boy is very much in love with the young girl. If anything his actions demonstrate that he is love-struck. His every thought is of the girl and being able to dance with her at the ball. Even though the Nightingale knows that the thorn pressing against her breast may kill her she still perseveres.


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