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Analysis of "The Devoted Friend" by Oscar Wilde

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Analysis of "The Devoted Friend" by Oscar Wilde
The exposition in this story is represented by the opening scene near the pond. The author uses a great number of epithets while portraying his heroes in order to give a clear picture of their images. The Linnet, the little bird with tiny wings narrates a story to the Duck, who is pure white with real red legs and to the Water-rat with bright beady eyes, whose tail is "like a long bit of black india-rubber." and directly shows his negative attitude to this character. The choice of animals by Oscar Wilde isn't accidental, as for example, rat is always associated as the symbol of dirt and betrayal. Moreover, from the first messages of the story the author uses an irony for deriding the attitude of water-rat about friendship.
The plot has a distinguished boundary, it begins from the moment, when the Linnet begins to narrate her illustrative story. There are two main characters in her story: Hans and Hugh the Miller. Little Hans is described by the author as a simple, innocent and kind-hearted man, such an image of an English commoner of that time. He is a hard working toiler, who lives in his small cottage and taking care of his garden. Oscar Wilde hyperbolically gives the consideration to the beauty of his garden, that "in all the country-side there was no garden so lovely as his" and also uses a whole semantic field of flowers here: "There were Gilly-flowers, and Shepherds-purses, Fair-maids from France, damask Roses and yellow Roses, etc." Another hero is the Miller, the protagonist of this story. He is an example of selfish, greedy, but very wealthy person. Oscar Wilde shows his prosperity with the help of next lines: "He has a hundred sacks of flour, six milk cows and a large stock of woolly sheep". Hans is very kind and naive man, so he believes that Miller is really his best friend and as the author uses a popular expression "always meets him smiling from ear to ear". Miller, in his turn, advantages of it and...

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