《星孩》和《西班牙公主的生日》中“美”的对比研究 A Comparative Study of Beauty in The Star-child and The Birthday of the Infanta毕业论文
Oscar Wilde is an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist and poet. He is the spokesman of the Aesthetic Movement. He is one of the then London’s most popular playwrights in the 1890s. His masterpieces are The Importance of Being Earnest, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Salomé and so on.
The Star-Child and The Birthday of the Infanta are fairy stories collected in his A House of Pomegranates. The Star-Child tells a story that a pretty boy loses his beautiful appearance because of his ruthlessness and mercilessness towards his ugly mother. Then he finds himself wrong and starts to find his mother all over the world. After suffering all kinds of hardships, the boy finds his mother, his pretty appearance and his kindness. The Birthday of the Infanta tells a story that an ugly Little Dwarf dances for the Infanta sincerely, but later he finds that the Infanta laughs for his ugliness instead of his dance. He is so heartbroken that he dies in the end.
This paper compares The Star-Child with The Birthday of the Infanta in terms of characters, images and natural environment. The paper consists of five chapters. The first chapter is the introduction to the writer, his works and literature review. The second chapter is the analysis of the beauty in characters, and it is divided into two parts: the beauty in main characters and the beauty in minor characters. The third chapter is the analysis of the beauty in images, including the beauty of object-identical images and the beauty of sense-identical images. The fourth chapter is the analysis of the beauty in natural environment. The last chapter is the conclusion. Through the three comparative analyses, we can have a better understanding of Wilde’s writing features in fairy stories, his explanations of some aesthetic concepts and his profound meditations of the society in the Victorian era.
Key Words: The Star-Child; The Birthday of the Infanta; beauty; comparative study
1 Introduction 1
1.1 Oscar Wilde and His Works 1
1.2 Literature Review 2
2 Beauty in Characters 4
2.1 Beauty in Main Characters 4
2.2 Beauty in Minor Characters 5
3 Beauty in Images 7
3.1 Beauty in Object-identical Images 7
3.2 Beauty in Sense-identical Images 9
4 Beauty in Natural Environment 11
5 Conclusion 13