The final chapter of the book “Rasselas” is named as “The Conclusion.” However,
nothing that is concluded. After critically investigating the novel, it is clear that it is the accurate
approach that the novel could end. After looking at the novel, it is evident that the search for
“good life” is futile and impossible. There could be no conclusion since the people’s endeavors
weren’t achieved at all.
Clingham suggests that Rasselas, who was the King of Abyssinia's son is confined in a
beautiful valley known as "The Happy Valley." He is shunned in this place "till the order of
succession should call him to the throne." Resselas cried for assistance from an artist who was
named an engineer. Rasselas wanted to escape from this valley, but the attempt became
unsuccessful. The prince lives as a loner in deep depression, despite the factitious entertainments
of the beautiful valley.
The prince, Nekayah (prince's sister), Pekuah (prince's attendant) and Imlac (prince's
poet-friend) manages to escape through underway of the valley's wall. The four longed to see and
feel the world, seek the happiness of life by living in free places like Cairo and Suez. However,
in Egypt, the quadrats experience various societal classes where they encountered some mild
adventures. As a result, these characters lost hope and perceived "good life" as futility.
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Resultantly, they opt to go back to the Abyssinia. This option was arrived at after they failed to
accomplish their hope for happiness and the good life (Clingham, 450).
Therefore, considering the tragic finishing point of the novel, there is no need for a
conclusion. However, the Prince's inability to achieve good life and happiness along with his
team can form a conclusive concept. This is because, after losing hope of good living and search
for happiness, they went back to the "The Happy Valley."
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Clingham, G. (2010). The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia. Eighteenth-Century Fiction,
23(2), 449-451. Retrieved from https://muse.jhu.edu/article/411865/summary