The Nightingale and the Rose, by Oscar Wilde: FREE Book DownloadDespite its fairy-tale setting, "The Nightingale and the Rose" engages with the real-world debates taking place in the late s. The Enlightenment of the preceding century had inspired great confidence in humanity's ability to solve scientific, practical, and even moral problems with reason. Rapid industrialization and the wealth it generated lent further credence to these ideas by "proving" the success of 18th-century scientific innovation and free-market economics. Nevertheless, there was significant pushback against these trends throughout the 19th-century, particularly from writers and artists. In "The Nightingale and the Rose," Wilde develops his own critique of materialism and intellectualism, as these traits are embodied by the Student and the girl.
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The Nightingale and the Rose
Our notes cover The Nightingale and the Rose summary, analysis, and themes. It is also enriched with the wealth of deep meaning. It is full of indirect comments on life, personifications, similes and symbolism. Moreover, in this story Oscar Wilde raises the most common issues of materialism and idealism present in the conventional society he lived in. The story begins with a young student who is lamenting in his garden because the love of his life will dance with him in the ball only if he brings her a red rose but there is no red rose in his garden. The nightingale comes to know that the young man is weeping for a red rose. She feels the pain of that boy and wants to help him.
From her nest in the holm-oak tree the Nightingale heard him, and she looked out through the leaves, and wondered. 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. His hair is dark as the hyacinth-blossom, and his lips are red as the rose of his desire; but passion has made his lace like pale ivory, and sorrow has set her seal upon his brow. If I bring her a red rose she will dance with me till dawn. If I bring her a red rose, I shall hold her in my arms, and she will lean her head upon my shoulder, and her hand will be clasped in mine. But there is no red rose in my garden, so I shall sit lonely, and she will pass me by.