- Alternate Aesop Interpretation: The story also shows the detriment of constant sacrifice and how excessively helping some people can lead you to be a detriment for others. The prince begs the swallow to tear down his bulk for the good of others, leaving him such a sorry state that the swallow refuses to leave him, forcing the guilt ridden prince to watch it slowly die from the cold.
- Cargo Ship: The Swallow and the Reed.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: Wilde intended this sad, somber tale for children.
YMMV / The Happy Prince