“The Selfish Giant” is an effective example of how to set the scene, introduce the main characters, and establish the central theme of a story. Wilde’s use of descriptive language, vivid imagery, and contrast immediately engages the reader’s attention and prepares them for the magical and heartwarming story that follows.
The Selfish Giant Part 1 Summary
Once there was an old Giant. He was very selfish. He had a large lovely garden, with soft green grass. The grass stood beautiful flowers like stars and there were twelve peach trees in the garden. Every afternoon, as they were coming from school, the children used to go and play in the Giant’s garden. The Giant had been to visit his friend the Cornish og and came back after seven years. When the Giant came back, he saw the children playing in the garden.
The selfish Giant told the children that they couldn’t play in his garden. He built a high wall all round and put up a notice-board: “TRESPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED.” Now, the children couldn’t play anywhere. They tried to play on the road, but it was very dirty and lots of hard stones were there on the road.
When a boy told that the Giant was selfish, the Giant opened a door in the wall and told again that he would not allow anybody to play in his garden. When the children heard his voice, they scattered. Then the spring came, and there were little blossoms and little birds all over the country. But it was still winter in the Giant’s garden. In his garden the birds did not come to sing, and the trees forgot to blossom. The North Wind, the Hail, the Frost and the Snow were dancing about through the trees in the garden.
This conclusion paragraph is more specific because it mentions the Giant’s joy and his happiness at seeing the children play. It also uses the image of the Giant sitting on the soft green grass to symbolize his connection to the natural world.