In Wilde’s “The Remarkable Rocket” Wilde is able to create humorous interactions between the fireworks that are the show piece display of the royal wedding celebrations. The main firework is the Rocket. Presented as the main attraction, he is obviously narcissistic and vainglorious-ironically in its own ability to empathize with others. He shows this “superior sensitivity” by shedding tears for the foolish reason of potential incidents that are incredibly unlikely to happen and further justifies his own superiority by saying that the other fireworks are too inferior to comprehend his feelings. Wilde chooses to throw in a humorous side bar about a beetle couple that nearly drowns due to his tears. It almost seems that Wilde inserts these humorous bits to emphasize his narcissism, especially highlighting his stubbornness and disdain for others which ultimately leave him alone and his beauty unseen.
In fact, I often found Wilde utilizing epigrams when several animals are critiquing him. The humor in a way accentuates the disconnection between the Rocket and the rest of the world. For example during the Rocket’ s interaction with a passerby frog, the Rocket finds himself unhappy due to the frog’s strong personality shown in his one-sided dialogue. “‘Conversation, indeed!’ said the Rocket. ‘You have talked the whole time yourself. That is not conversation.’ ‘Somebody must listen,’ answered the Frog, ‘and I like to do all the talking myself. It saves time, and prevents arguments.'” Wilde uses humor to depict the serious self-destruction of the rocket whose ultimate fate is to push everyone away with his personality and waste the beauty of his explosion in the climax where the “Remarkable Rocket” manages only to frighten a goose who thinks it is raining sticks. The paradox of this manner of writing seems to make it more memorable. I think this also makes it easier for an audience member to associate these situations with his/her life when they are light-hearted and comedic, therefore realizing its purpose in the effect it has on the reader.