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Earnest J. Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying - Earnest J. Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines is set in a plantation community in rural Louisiana. The two main characters in the novel, Grant and Jefferson, are engaged in a struggle to achieve self-respect in society, which allots them none. The story takes place at the end of the 1940s, a time when Louisiana and many other southern states were practicing segregation. The second college edition of the American Heritage Dictionary defines segregation as, “…The policy and practice of imposing the social separation of races, as in schools, housing, and industry…” (1111)....   [tags: Gaines Lesson Before Dying Essays]
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Not Being Earnest in The Importance of Being Earnest - Not Being Earnest in The Importance of Being Earnest While some critics contend that The Importance of Being Earnest is completely fanciful and has no relation to the real world, others maintain that Oscar Wilde's "trivial comedy for serious people" does make significant comments about social class and the institution of marriage. These observations include the prevalent utilization of deceit in everyday affairs. Indeed the characters and plot of the play appear to be entirely irreverent, thus lending weight to the comedic, fanciful aspect....   [tags: The Importance of Being Earnest] 866 words
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The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde - In The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde revealed that animalistic traits can tint a character’s intellectual attributes. All of the characters possess an overwhelming desire which seems to diminish their morality. Wilde uses Jack Worthing’s animalistic behaviors to reveal that his animal self is damaging his intellectual self. The play is presented to show that the characters retain an exaggerated pleasure with food, which shows their pleasures in inanimate objects. Every character in the play is drawn into lustful relationships, thus mutilating their psychological self....   [tags: the importance of being earnest, oscar wilde]
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Comic Devices in The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde - The Importance of Being Earnest is a comedy of manners that is used to parody social aspects of a Victorian society. Wilde does this by incorporating farcical elements that would appear ludicrous to an audience and satirises Victorian social norms and values. Wilde also subverts the ideals of marriage by undermining the concept as a whole and at the same time he inverts traditional gender roles and class in society. Wilde has included serious and controversial subjects such as the influence of religion which implies Wilde’s comedy is not a game but a serious criticism of Victorian society....   [tags: The Importance of Being Earnest]
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The Dichotomy of Honesty in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde's, "The Importance of Being Earnest" revolves around the dichotomy of the true definition of honesty versus the victorian definition of honesty. It is apparent that Wilde's opinion is that true honesty is expressed through being genuine to one's self as opposed to putting on a front as is important in victorian ideals. In this work, Wilde uses humor to off-set the seriousness of the theme of the story. One who has studied this work can also clearly see that Wilde is using sarcasm to say things that would not have been accepted by society if they were said bluntly....   [tags: The Importance of Being Earnest] 537 words
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A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines - A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines Critique Ernest J. Gaines was born in 1933 on a Louisiana plantation in the midst of the Great Depression. As a young boy of 9, he began his work in the fields. He spent his childhood digging potatoes, and for a days labor was rewarded with 50 cents. He was raised during this time by his aunt, Augusteen Jefferson, who showed Gaines a determination most of us could only dream of, as she cared for her family with no legs to support her. At age 15, after moving to Vallejo, California with his parents, Gaines discovered the joy of the public library....   [tags: Literature Critique Gaines] 1027 words
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A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines - A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines This book shows us that, even in the face of hopelessness, there is indeed hope, and there is a need to move forward. There is nothing that can change what the outcome will be in the end. However, in light of this, a person is left with two options. Either they could deny and fight it the entire way, or accept it, learn from it, and move forward. This paper will show you,, when given this situation, what the outcome will be when one choices to accept it and move on....   [tags: Gaines Lesson Before Dying] 1878 words
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Satire in “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde - A satire is a piece of work that is designed to ridicule or tease a group or organization, generally for the purpose of being humorous. “The Importance of Being Earnest,” a play by Oscar Wilde, is a satire, ridiculing class, gender, and marriage. This essay will describe some points from each of these sections, as well as give a brief synopsis of the play these examples come from. The Importance of being Earnest includes three acts, with seven major characters. In act one, we start with a conversation between Jack (a notable bachelor) and Algernon (an in debt bachelor, with a laid back temperament), in which we learn both have made up 'friends,' who are often sick, as to escape from whereve...   [tags: Satire, Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde, ] 700 words
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Critical Analysis of the Story The Sky is Gray by Ernest Gaines - Critical Analysis of the Story The Sky is Gray by Ernest Gaines The title of the story “The Sky is Gray” by Ernest Gaines is ironic. It suggests at first the bleak mood of the story but also hints at hope in the future. Just as the clouds clear after a storm, James finds out on his trip to Bayonne that the stormy clouds that are his life are parting to let some sunshine through. Throughout the whole story, a very bleak mood is portrayed. The setting contributes to this gloominess. For example, the weather is awful....   [tags: The Sky is Gray Ernest Gaines Essays] 1131 words
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Black Leadership, Politics, and Culture in Uplifting the Race by Kevin Gaines - Black Leadership, Politics, and Culture in Uplifting the Race by Kevin Gaines Uplifting the Race is a rather confusing yet stimulating study that goes over the rising idea and interests in the evolution of "racial uplift" ideology from the turn and through the twentieth century. In the first part of the book, Gaines analyzes the black elite obsession with racial uplift ideology and the tensions it produced among black intellectuals. Gaines argues for the most part that during the nineteenth-century racial uplift ideology was part of a "liberation theology" as stated by Gaines, which stressed a group struggle for freedom and social advancement....   [tags: Kevin Gaines Uplifting Race] 1216 words
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Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde is a legendary author who has composed many great plays including The Green Carnation and A Woman of No Importance, however, The Importance of Being Earnest was undoubtedly the most famous of his works. First published in 1930, yet acknowledged since the late 1800s, The Importance of Being Earnest helped to revive the theater tradition of Congreve and Sheridan. The story is a comedic view of romance and the emphasis we place on seemingly trivial articles, such as a name....   [tags: Oscar Wilde Earnest Essays] 3082 words
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Absurdity and Satire in The Importance of Being Earnest - Absurdity and Satire in The Importance of Being Earnest In Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, much is made of societal expectations, protocols, as well as the inversions of these expectations. A character, Jack Worthing, adopts an alter ego when going into town to avoid keeping up with the serious and morally upright behaviour that is expected of him as guardian to his eighteen-year-old ward, Cecily. Another character, Algernon Moncrieff, makes up an invalid friend Bunbury whose grave health conditions provide him with the excuse to escape to the country as and when he pleases....   [tags: Importance of Being Earnest]
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A Lesson before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines - A Lesson before Dying, one of Ernest J. Gaines later works, was written in 1993. Some of his earlier works include A Gathering of Old Men and In My Father’s House. The novel covers a time period when blacks were still treated unfairly and looked down upon. Jefferson, a main character, has been wrongly accused of a crime and awaits his execution in jail. Grant, the story’s main protagonist must find it within himself to help Jefferson see that he is a man, which will allow him to walk bravely to his fate that lies in the execution chair....   [tags: A Lesson before Dying Ernest J. Gaines Essays] 1988 words
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Mr. Wiggins in A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines - Mr. Wiggins in A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines      In A Lesson Before Dying, Mr. Grant Wiggins' life crises were the center of the story. Although he was supposed to make Jefferson into a man, he himself became more of one as a result. Not to say that Jefferson was not in any way transformed from the "hog" he was into an actual man, but I believe this story was really written about Mr. Wiggins.       Mr. Wiggins improved as a person greatly in this book, and that helped his relationships with other people for the most part....   [tags: Lesson Before Dying Ernest Gaines Essays] 980 words
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Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" In the closing lines of the first act of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," Algernon remarks, "I love scrapes. They are the only things that are never serious," to which Jack responds, "Oh, that's nonsense Algy. You never talk about anything but nonsense." Algernon caps off this exchange with a proclamation of the purpose of the whole work: "Nobody ever does" (1642). Wilde never allows anything in the work to conclude on a serious note....   [tags: Oscar Wilde Importance Earnest Essays] 3835 words
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Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest Setting: Begins in a flat in London then proceeds to a manor house in the countryside in the late 1800's. Plot: Two men, John Jack Earnest Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, use the deception [a Bunbury] that both their names were Ernest, in order to secure marriage to the women they love, Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Then there is the ultimate unraveling of their lies, which still ends in their impending nuptials.Cast of Key CharactersJohn Jack Ernest Worthing"Bon-vivant" [Jack to Algernon 2] Algernon is asking Jack what brought him to town....   [tags: Importance Being Earnest Wilde Essays] 4849 words
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Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest Webster’s dictionary defines earnest as “characterized by or proceeding from an intense and serious state of mind.” This definition is subject to total upheaval by Oscar Wilde in The Importance of Being Earnest. The title suggests a treatise on the value of solemnity in everyday life. However, Wilde presents us with an ironic play that leaves us with the opposite lesson. None of the characters benefit from propriety. The least serious characters, Algernon and Jack are rewarded in the end for their frivolous behavior throughout the play, implying that there is very little, if any, importance to being earnest, excepting that you give the appearan...   [tags: Oscar Wilde Importance Being Earnest Essays] 1368 words
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The Double Life in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - The Double Life in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest appears to be a conventional 19th century farce. False identities, prohibited engagements, domineering mothers, lost children are typical of almost every farce. However, this is only on the surface in Wilde's play. His parody works at two levels- on the one hand he ridicules the manners of the high society and on the other he satirises the human condition in general. The characters in The Importance of Being Earnest assume false identities in order to achieve their goals but do not interfere with the others' lives....   [tags: Oscar Wilde Being Earnest Essays]
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Satire in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest - Satire in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest is a comedy of manners, whereby Oscar Wilde uses satire to ridicule marriage, love and the mentality of the Victorian aristocratic society. It can also be referred to as a satiric comedy. What is a satire and what is Oscar Wilde trying to emphasize by employing it in his play. A satiric comedy ridicules political policies or attacks deviations from social order by making ridiculous, the violators of its standards of morals or manners....   [tags: The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde] 1998 words
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Wilde's Importance of Being Earnest and Weschler's Boggs - Wilde's "Importance of Being Earnest" and Weschler's "Boggs" At first glance, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and Lawrence Weschler’s Boggs: A Comedy of Values treat the issue of art’s function in converse ways. Wilde, the quintessential Aesthete, asserts that art should exist for the sake of beauty alone. Boggs, on the other hand, contends that art should serve a practical function: it should wake individuals from their sleepwalking by highlighting essential, overlooked aspects of society....   [tags: Wilde Weschler Boggs Being Earnest Essays]
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Gender In A Doll’s House And The Importance Of Being Earnest - Gender In ‘A Doll’s House’ And ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’ A Doll’s House and The Importance of Being Earnest were both written in the late nineteenth century at a period in time when gender roles in society were not only significant to the structure of society but were restrictive and oppressive to individuals. This was particularly true in the case of women who were seen as the upholders of morals in polite society and were expected to behave accordingly. A Doll’s House and The Importance of Being Earnest challenge society and its inclination to categorise and expect certain behaviour of individuals based on their gender....   [tags: Gender Doll House Earnest Essays Ibsen Wilde]
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Maxims and Masks: The Epigram in The Importance of Being Earnest - Maxims and Masks: The Epigram in "The Importance of Being Earnest" Oscar Wilde frames "The Importance of Being Earnest" around the paradoxical epigram, a skewering metaphor for the play's central theme of division of truth and identity that hints at a homosexual subtext. Other targets of Wilde's absurd yet grounded wit are the social conventions of his stuffy Victorian society, which are exposed as a "shallow mask of manners" (1655). Aided by clever wordplay, frantic misunderstanding, and dissonance of knowledge between the characters and the audience, devices that are now staples of contemporary theater and situation comedy, "Earnest" suggests that, especially in "civilized" society,...   [tags: Oscar Wilde Importance Being Earnest Papers] 1794 words
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General Structure of Comedy and the Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - General Structure of Comedy and the Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde GeneralStructure of Comedy: * Things start out badly and end well * The deeper aim is broadly social: the kingdom or other city space is at first badly ruled or in turmoil for some reason--perhaps the values and institutions of the citizens and/or rulers are in need of some re-examination. * Next, the main characters leave (willingly or otherwise) the city setting and wind up in the countryside, in a pastoral setting....   [tags: Oscar Wilde Earnest Comedy Essays] 873 words
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Matriarchal Figures in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and Persuasion by Jane Austen - Matriarchal Figures in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and Persuasion by Jane Austen ‘A dominant female member of the family’[1] is often described as a matriarch. Lady Bracknell in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ and Lady Russell in ‘Persuasion’ fulfill this role therefore can be described as matriarchs, and as such they play vital roles. They affect the lives of Gwendolen and Anne, by imposing their beliefs on them. Although Lady Russell is not related to any of the characters in ‘Persuasion’, after Anne’s mother died Lady Russell took on the role of her mother....   [tags: Wilde Persuasion Austen Earnest Essays] 3007 words
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Earnest Hemingway - Earnest Hemingway was well known as a strong writer, but what many readers of his do not know about is the inspiration he gained throughout his life and experiences that made him a very prolific writer. There are events in his life from childhood to adulthood that helped accustom to his very unique style of writing. Hemingway was a different kind of writer than others; he often used reoccurring words of specific diction in order to create an effect on the reader. Every single one of his books were based off of something, as Hemingway was not the type of writer who sat in a log cabin writing all day....   [tags: Biography] 1334 words
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Timeless Message of Equality in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest - Timeless Message of Equality in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest   Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest satirizes Victorian society.  The witty epigrams of his characters provide light comedy masking the underlying theme of criticism of the Victorian way of life.  Wilde's effective use of humour diffuses the tense theme of his work.  In a Victorian society that emphasized progress, it was precarious for artists like Oscar Wilde to express an imperfect interpretation of life in nineteenth-century England.  Wilde's attack on the ethics of his era is an attempt to fulfill the author's prophecy that art has the power to dictate life, not merely imitate it (614-615).  At...   [tags: Importance Being Earnest Oscar Wilde Essays]
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Jest and Earnest in Chaucer's Work - Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London around 1342, though the details are vague at best, and lived until 1400. Little is known of his early education, but his works show that he could read French, Latin, and Italian, and as such was clearly very well educated, and it is also known that he spent much of his life close to the centres of English power because the first reports of Chaucer come from 1357 as a page in the household of Prince Lionel before he went to serve for Edward III in France, where he was captured and ransomed....   [tags: European Literature] 2373 words
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A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest Gaines - “I never found myself needing that piece of paper,” is a remark actor Johnny Depp made back in 2010 about his relationship with longtime partner Vanessa Paradis. Depp and Paradis have been in a relationship since 1998 and have two children together, Lily Rose and Jack. Another member of Hollywood’s elite, Latin singer Shakira, shares a similar view saying that marriage is like a contract, and that is unromantic. However, celebrities living like Shakira and Depp are also committing fornication and already view themselves as being married; the marriage is just not official....   [tags: Premarital Sex, Consequences]
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Effects of War in "In Another Country" by Earnest Hemingway - ... Another cause of the cultural alienation is the mental challenges war experience imposes which “the people who disliked us, did not understand.” Due to the fact that the constant death, danger and disaster of war is the environment that is normal to the soldiers, they have become disconnected from common people. This means that war has become their culture therefore separating them from that of the average culture of a nation. Because of the physical position and war experience, the officers live in a culture all their own and are isolated from the culture of the peoples that surround them....   [tags: Culture, Alienation]
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What makes Ernest Gaines Unique? - What makes Ernest Gaines Unique. Every good author has certain characteristics about their writing that makes them unique and special. Ernest Gaines, the writer of A Lesson before Dying, is no exception. His writing is the prime example of an author using certain techniques to make his writing stand out above all others. Ernest Gaines has been noticed for the absence of melodrama, the avoidance of the propagandistic, and the broad and generous humanity brought on by the words of his works. First off, when Gaines work is criticized for a lack of melodrama what it means is that, Gaines doesn’t use heightened emotion to portray that feeling in a scene....   [tags: Literature Analysis] 544 words
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A Lesson While Living by Ernest Gaines - A Lesson While Living In a society where hardships occur daily, it is vital to have something to hold on to as an anchor. This reliance or commitment is in the form of friends, family, or even tangible possessions; however, humans sometimes have to fulfill deeds for others instead of continually thinking of themselves. Given these obligations, there results both a need and a desire to complete certain tasks for other individuals, for a community, or even for a higher power. In his novel, A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest Gaines quite successfully portrays the theme of the importance of obligation and commitment through presenting an effective setting and community, constructing strong relation...   [tags: Literary Analysis, Life, Hardships Success]
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The Importance of Being Earnest - It has been said that ‘Comedy, beginning in turmoil but ending in harmony, celebrates life.’ and this is the general idea with ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ Wilde proves that this comedy of manners does conform to this model. As Lady Bracknell tries to prolong the resolution and tries to prevent the marriage between Jack and Gwendolyn, she can be seen as a ‘gorgon’ because she refuses to let Gwendolyn marry Jack. Despite this, She may be seen as a heroine because she is a strong, commanding woman who isn’t passive like traditional Victorian women as she makes decisions which indicates that she has power within the play....   [tags: oscar wilde, comedy, being ernest] 1239 words
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The Importance of Being Earnest - Archer once said, “What can a poor critic do with a play which raises no principle, whether of art or morals, creates its own canons and conventions, and is nothing but an absolutely willful expression of an irrepressibly witty personality?” These words by archer help to reveal what Wilde intended to show in this play. Wilde in response to his play said, "we should treat all the trivial things of life seriously, and all the serious and studied things of life with sincere and studied triviality (2).” Despite the depiction of humor, the play is one of the best plays of the 19th century compared to other British plays....   [tags: Theatre]
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The Importance of Being Earnest - ... . . No, there is very little music in the name Jack, if any at all, indeed. It does not thrill. It produces absolutely no vibrations . . . I have known several Jacks, and they all, without exception, were more than usually plain. Besides, Jack is a notorious domesticity for John. And I pity any woman who is married to a man called John. She would probably never be allowed to know the entrancing pleasure of a single moment's solitude. The only really safe name is Ernest.” She is saying she would never want to get married with someone named Jack but yet she is without knowing....   [tags: dramatic irony] 516 words
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The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is a timeless comedy of manners in which two young, light-hearted men, pretend their names are ‘Ernest’ in a bid to impress their love interests, who both believe the name Ernest bestows magical qualities on the possessor. Throughout the play, Wilde uses a mix of social drama, melodrama and farce to appeal to the audience. Through his gentle use of parody Wilde is able to ridicule his contemporaries and attack the values and attitudes of Victorian society, such as; wealth, hierarchy, respectability, morality and self- interest....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Importance of Being Earnest - AThe Importance of Being Earnest a play written by Oscar Wilde is set in England in the late Victorian era. Wilde uses obvious situational and dramatic irony within the play to satirize his time period. According to Roger Sale in Being Ernest the title has a double meaning to it and is certainly another example of satire used by Wilde. With a comedic approach, Wilde ridicules the absurdities of the character’s courtship rituals, their false faces, and their secrets. (Sale, 478) In the Victorian era, courtship rituals were slightly different from modern time courtships....   [tags: Plays]
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How Important is Being Earnest? - Oscar Wilde is the author of the comedic play, The Importance of Being Earnest, which is a drama about two people who hold double lives trying to be the same person. While Wilde intended for his play to have people filling the theatre with laughter he conveys a deeper meaning. By looking closely at the characters in the play readers can see everyone is very selfish or egocentric. All the events that occur between the characters happen because they are only thinking about themselves. The lives of all the characters mingle together all due to this one character named Ernest who is first created by the character, Jack, for personal benefit....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Dignity and Sacrifice Depicted in Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying - In Ernest J. Gaines novel A Lesson Before Dying, a young African-American man named Jefferson is caught in the middle of a liquor shootout, and, as the only survivor, is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. During Jefferson’s trial, the defense attorney had called him an uneducated hog as an effort to have him released, but the jury ignored this and sentenced him to death by electrocution anyways. Appalled by this, Jefferson’s godmother, Miss Emma, asks the sheriff if visitations by her and the local school teacher, Grant Wiggins, would be possible to help Jefferson become a man before he dies....   [tags: A Lesson Before Dying]
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A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines - While we all would agree that racism is immoral and has no place in a modern society, that was not the case in the U.S. in the 1940s. At the time African Americans were treated as second-class citizens, it was made near-impossible for them to vote, and they were discriminated in many ways including in education, socially and in employment. It was a time in which segregation and racism perforated the laws and society, a time in which African Americans were “separate but equal,” segregation was legal and in full force....   [tags: racism, african americans]
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A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines - Introduction According to his biography, Ernest J. Gaines grew up in Oscar, Louisiana on a plantation in the 1930s. He worked picking potatoes for 50 cents a day, and in turn used his experiences to write six books, including A Lesson Before Dying. While the novel is fictional, it is based on the hardships faced by blacks in a post Civil War South, under Jim Crow and 'de jure' segregation. In A Lesson Before Dying, the main story line is a sad tale in which a young black man named Jefferson, is wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death....   [tags: book review]
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Oscar Wilde Flippantly Disregards Moral Codes in The Importance of Being Earnest - ... A man should always have an occupation of some kind. There are far too many idle men in London as it is” (Wilde 45). The immediate humor of her response occurs due to Non-Sequitous logic she employs in that she regards smoking as an occupation. However, beyond the humor her diction reveals a Victorian view on gender relations since she only uses the words “man” and “men” indicating that she only objects to idleness in men. This attitude reflects the Victorian morals of the time but appears ironic since she and her daughter act as idle figures throughout the play, only talking and taking no action of their own....   [tags: victorian, humor, sexual construct]
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Racism in Ernest Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying - After the civil war ended many blacks and whites especially in the south, continued living as if nothing had changed with regards to the oppressions and poor treatment of African Americans. Narrator Grant Wiggins, of the novel A Lesson Before Dying, By Ernest Gaines, finds himself in a similar situation towards racism. Through his experience Grant is forced to transform Jefferson who was wrongly accused of a murder from a “HOG” into a man. Although Grant was forced to make jefferson a man, he himself became more of one as a result....   [tags: racism, prejudice] 512 words
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Identity as a Name in The Importance of Being Earnest - ... Because Cecily and Gwendolen only know a superficial world in which they see no evidence of genuine earnestness, they seek earnestness the only way they know how to: through artificial identity. The dilemma of false identity and the wrestle involved in pretending to be someone else versus allowing one’s true nature to emanate at the expense of societal acceptance was a burden that Wilde himself battled with. According to Bromige, “the biographical details are closely connected with the art of Wilde and with The Importance of Being Ernest, a play in which a number of characters lead double lives” (1)....   [tags: Oscar Wylde, story and character analysis]
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The Importance of Being More Than Earnest - Every line, every character, and every stage direction in The Importance of Being Earnest is set on supporting Oscar Wilde’s want for social change. The Importance of Being Earnest was written during the late period of the Victorian era. During this period social classification was taken very seriously. It could affect working and living conditions, education, religion, and marriage. Wilde explores the issues of social class and turns it into a comedic play. He humorously criticizes Victorian manners and attacking the society of the luxurious life....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde - ... While both men are being dishonest to the ones they love, the difference is that Jack pretends to be something he is not, which is someone who is completely virtuous, and also pretends to be an actual person that he is not. This con suggests a more serious and weighty degree of two-facedness. Even Algernon tells Jack, “You are one of the most advanced Bunburyists I know” (Wilde 1738). This implies that Algernon knows more Bunburyists, he and Jack are not the only ones with fake friends/alter-egos....   [tags: humor and irony] 1292 words
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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - ... It was more intricate than that. There were rules involved, which could not be explained because the conversation was cut short by the arrival of Aunt Augusta and Gwendolen. But Algernon did manage to make it abundantly clear that Bunbury was invaluable to him and under no circumstances would he let go of his fictional friend. Jack believed that marriage was a compelling reason to drop all lies and deception, but Algernon disagreed. He believed that marriage was the reason Bunbury’s existence would be most justified – “A man who marries without knowing Bunbury has a very tedious time of it.” (Act I)....   [tags: victorian era, hypocracy, melodrama] 944 words
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