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INDIVIDUALISM, MATERIALISM, AND SACRIFICE IN OSCAR WILDE’S “THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE ROSE” AND HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN’S “THE NIGHTINGALE”

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INDIVIDUALISM, MATERIALISM, AND SACRIFICE IN OSCAR WILDE’S “THE NIGHTINGALE AND THE ROSE” AND HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN’S “THE NIGHTINGALE”
author
Nalbandian, Anik
abstract
What helped influence Oscar Wilde to write such a unique fairy tale as “The Nightingale and the Rose” was other scholars and works of fiction. Ideas he agreed with, and methods he made use of, came from John Ruskin and Hans Christian Andersen. Closely examining this fairy tale by Wilde demonstrates his interest in revising existing forms for the fairy tale, and engaging contemporary conversations about value. Wilde’s story wrestles with the relative value of love, physical beauty, knowledge, and art, in direct response to arguments made by writers and philosophers who influenced him. Wilde’s fairy tale offers a satirical view of 19th century English society, and posits the importance of individualism in the face of materialism and conformity. Further examination of Wilde’s influences and teachers supports the claim that Wilde is showcasing materialism as a barrier between characters and their authentic selves.
subject
Hans Christian Andersen
John Ruskin
Oscar Wilde
The Happy Prince and Other Tales
The Nightingale
The Nightingale and the Rose
contributor
Jenkins, Melissa (committee chair)
Lancaster, Zak (committee member)
Farmer, Meredith (committee member)
date
2022-05-24T08:36:05Z (accessioned)
2022-05-24T08:36:05Z (available)
2022 (issued)
degree
English (discipline)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/100749 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
type
Thesis

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