The Selfish Giant

The title of this short story is “The Selfish Giant”; it was written by “Oscar Wilde”. His full name is Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde. He was born in October, 16th, 1854 in Dublin, Ireland. He was an Irish playwright, poet, and author of numerous short stories and one novel. Wilde was imprisoned for two years, and he died of cerebral meningitis on November 30, 1900 in Paris, France. “The Selfish Giant” describes about a selfish giant who allowed no one to play in his garden. He built a high wall and put up a notice-board. The Spring came, everywhere was little blossoms and little birds sang a song on trees, except in the giant’s garden; it was still in Winter. One morning, he heard some lovely music. Surprisingly, he saw a hole in the wall and there was a little child and tree was a little blossoms. Then he realized why the Spring would not come there. He also helped a boy who could not climb up the tree, and the boy gave him a kiss. The giant loved that boy so much, but he could not meet the boy next day. From that day, his selfish behavior started to change. He became a kindness giant. All the children liked playing with him. From year to year, the giant became older and older; he was weak and could not play anymore. One Winter morning, there was a marvelous sight at the farthest corner of the garden. Then he ran into the garden, and he saw his lovely boy at there. He asked the boy some questions, but that boy replied with the strange way. The boy said that the giant had let him play in the garden, so it was time for him to let the giant to play in his garden in Paradise. At that time, the giant knew that the boy was an angel or the God. In the afternoon the children ran to the garden as everyday, and they saw the giant died under a tree covered with white blossoms.
One character that I like the most is the giant. The point that I like is the way that selfish giant could change his mind to learn to share his love and get rid of his selfishness. It is because he realized that he could not live without friends, and warmth of love to help him overcome the coldness in winter.

In the Selfish Giant story, one theme that I interested in is “selfishness and kindness”. As we see in the story, the giant was very selfish. It is because he did not allow anyone to play in his garden. He also built a high wall and put up a notice-board: TRESPASSERS BE PROSECUTED. On the other hand, the giant became to be a lovely and kind when he realized that his garden would always winter if there was no children to play in. He was really sorry for what he had done. He allowed everyone to play in his big garden. At the end, when he died, the God brought him to the Paradise.
In our society today, we can see that this theme has happened too. Once we give someone love; we will get it in return. Everyone will be admired us because of our kindness. Also, the Buddhist believes that if they do something good, they will get good thing in return, and when they die, they will go to the Paradise. So, we see that everyone try to do a lot of good things, while they are still alive.
In my opinion, this is great to read such a nice story and full of moral. It teaches us to share love. When we do something good to other people, we will gain it back. At last, we should not be selfish because we will be lonely, unhappy, and friendless.


1 Response to “The Selfish Giant”

  1. January 12, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    The Selfish Giant is a short stroy that I studied in year 2, IFL.

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