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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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Exploring Male and Female Expectations in Oscar Wilde's Play - The primary theme of this play is love and marriage and Wilde explores the male and female role expectations, beliefs and ideals of domestic relationships of the upper class British society in the late 1890’s. The social norms of the Victorian era had strict rules for the behaviours of men and women. For women, who were legally their husband’s property until 1884, high standards were expected. They were to run a respectable household, delegate servants, be quite, compassionate, ladylike and virtuous....   [tags: Oscar Wilde, theatre, ] 1333 words
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Oscar Wilde's Young King - Oscar Wilde's 'The Young King' is the tale of a young man's metamorphosis, through a dream quest, that opens his eyes to the heart rendering struggle of the poor, who are exploited by the rich and the powerful to satisfy their own selfish needs. The change that takes place in the Young King reflects his attainment of the virtue asked for in Christ's message. The story begins with "the night before the day fixed for his coronation" and the young king, "being but sixteen years of age" sits alone in his opulent chambers adorned with rich and beautiful things....   [tags: Oscar Wilde] 1777 words
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Purpose of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde - The book, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde is one that has many purposes in it. One purpose in the book shows how individuals can slowly deteriorate because of the evil lying within themselves. The major purpose of this novel is how much power art has over others. When an artist composes a great piece of work, he puts his heart into it. Part of that person is invested into it’s creation, which makes it more than just a statue in a museum, or a picture on the wall. In the novel, more than the artist’s heart is put into his painting....   [tags: Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde, ] 563 words
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The Laughter and Plodding of the Film Adaption of Oscar Wilde’s "The Importance of Being Earnest" - Whenever Jack Worthing (Firth) wants to leave his boring country life behind, he travels to London pretending to be his fictitious ‘brother’ Earnest. In the city he falls in love with the beautiful Gwendolen (O’Connor). There are two things standing in the way of their true love: first there is Gwendolen's Mother (Dench), a matriarchal woman whom all potential suitors must pass. Secondly, Gwendolen believes that she could only ever love a man named Earnest: which is the name by which she knows Jack....   [tags: Oscar Wilde, plays, ] 505 words
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Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband - Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband Oscar Wilde (1845-1903) lived an outrageous and controversial life which was well publicized and condemned, as his life defied the strict social mores of the time. He was put into this public position due to the success of his plays which challenged Victorian earnestness while being hilariously funny. His plays, in particular An Ideal Husband, 1895 portray Victorian society as viciously hypocritical at it's worst and laughably pretentious at it's best....   [tags: Oscar Wilde Papers] 968 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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Salome by Oscar Wilde - Salome by Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde’s gruesome and controversial play begs and important question. Who is Salome. In the bible this woman is not even given a name. She is the daughter of Herodias who dances for the pleasure of her stepfather, Herod. Perhaps the very fact that she remains unnamed is part of the mystery and problem that is Salome. There was no need to name this type of woman in patriarchal Christian religion. Yet, Salome’s story continues to inspire and terrify both her champions and her harshest critics....   [tags: Salome Oscar Wilde Essays] 1340 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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Oscar Wilde Art - Oscar Wilde Art We begin another chapter in the life of Oscar Wilde, the year 1888, many things have taken place, Oscar has been married and bore two children, Vyvyan and Cyril and his touring of the United States and other countries have brought forth success to the literary giant. Some of his successful writings are "The Picture of Dorian Gray"(1891), "A Woman of No Importance"(1894) and his most resent essay known "The Decay of Lying". Is it true that lying has fallen to its deepest shadow of shame....   [tags: Oscar Wilde Writer Papers]
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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Art. It's Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Art can be so beautiful or so hideous. So monotonous or poignant. So imaginative or clichéd. So………right or wrong. Art really has no moral, does it. Although the book, The Picture of Dorian Gray has no ethical stance, it was not Oscar Wilde's intention to have a moral. It was to show the splendor of art for art's sake. Through out the paperback of The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde, wildly shows his beliefs in art for art's sake (Cauti XIV)....   [tags: Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde Analysis] 1814 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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Modern Society As A Reflection Of The Picture Of Dorian Gray By Oscar Wilde - Traditional gothic fiction was at the height of its popularity during the Victorian era, it exploded in the 1790’s and continued its reign well into the 1800’s. This confrontational style of fiction often blurs the lines of realistic and artificial, forcing readers to challenge their beliefs and surpass the norm. However, the aspect of gothic fiction that was most attractive to the Victorian audience was the way human fears and societal tensions were reflected in the deliberately fictionalised literary works....   [tags: Oscar Wilde] 1423 words
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Oscar Wilde and His Fairy Tales - Oscar Wilde and His Fairy Tales I. Introduction Wilde, Oscar (Fingal O’Flahertie Wills) (b. Oct. 16, 1854, Dublin, Ire ?d. Nov. 30, 1900, Paris, Fr.) Irish wit, poet and dramatist whose reputation rests on his comic masterpieces Lady Windermere’s Fan (1893) and The Importance of Being Earnest (1899). He was a spokesman for Aestheticism, the late19th-century movement in England that advocated art for art’s sake. However, Oscar Wilde’s takeoff of his enterprise and, his shaping of his characteristic style of works could be both considered originating from his fairy tales....   [tags: Oscar Wilde Fairy Tales Literature Essays]
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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 Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde “Like the painting of a sorrow, A face without a heart.” - Hamlet When I went to the movies, I didn’t expect to be so intrigued by the characters that I would want to read about them individually. “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” had many interesting characters: Mena the vampire, Alan Quartermain the hunter, Skinner the invisible man, Nemo the pirate, Dr. Jekyll the scientist, Tom Sawyer of the CIA, and Dorian Gray the immortal....   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde Essays] 1290 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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Manipulation in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray - Manipulation in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray       "I do not think that one person influences another, nor do I think there is any bad influence in the world," Oscar Wilde uttered when under trial (Hyde 353). Although this statement may be true, one of Wilde's most famous works shows a great deal of the effects of people shaping one another, causing one to wonder about Wilde's sincerity in that statement. The Picture of Dorian Gray shows variations on the existence and purposes of influence, displaying two types of personal influence: obvious manipulations such as that of Lord Henry upon Dorian and that of Dorian over Sybil Vane, and those that are more often overlooked such...   [tags: Picture Dorian Gray Essays Oscar Wilde]
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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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The Perversion of Dorian's Soul in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray - The Perversion of Dorian's Soul in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray         The soul is thought to be an immaterial entity coexisting with our bodies which is credited with the faculties of thought, action, and emotion.  It is the part of our body which is believed to live on after the body dies.  In Oscar Wilde's, The Picture of Dorian Gray, the main character, Dorian Gray, destroys the innocence of his soul and becomes corrupt. He becomes corrupt by failing to live a life of virtue.  The main reason for his transformation can be attributed to a portrait painted of him that captured the true essence of his innocence.  This portrait is the personification of his soul.  At the be...   [tags: Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray]
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Homosexual Elements in The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - Homosexual Elements in The Picture of Dorian Gray       In spite of the novel's heterosexual text, many critics agree that it has various homosexual elements in its characters, in the dialogues, and even in the portrait itself. One of the critics, Richard Dellamora, mentions this feature of the text, and comments that "By definition this context is heterosexual. Wotton is married and pursues actresses. Basil himself is a graduate of Oxford, a well-established artist, and respectable to a fault" (28)....   [tags: The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde]
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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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How Art Relates to Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray - How Art Relates to Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray is a novel about a young, handsome, and vain man who has his portrait painted, and impulsively wishes that he could forever remain just as handsome as he is in the painting -- that the painting would age instead of him. He gets his wish in a most eerie way; as, with passing years, he becomes increasingly dissolute and evil, while the changes that one would expect to appear on his face are reflected in the portrait instead....   [tags: Oscar Wilde Picture Dorian Gray Essays]
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The Life and Writings of Oscar Wilde - Oscar Wilde is famous for many aspects of his life, including his childhood and adolescence, his marriage and dedication as a father, his homosexual encounters and imprisonment and for his fantastic skill to bewilder his audience. Wilde was a flamboyant nineteenth century writer known for his ability to create brilliant plays, imaginative and moral stories, and overall his incredible talent as a master in all forms of literature. Oscar Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland on October 16, 1854. His full name at birth was Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wilde (Small vii)....   [tags: Biography ]
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Aestheticism in the Writing of Oscar Wilde - First published as pop-culture in Lippincott's Magazine, Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray sparked immediate controversy with its Victorian critics (Introduction xvi-xviii). The Victorian Era, named so for the reign of British Queen Victoria, was tantamount to exacting moral principles – media, households and government were consumed by pious platitudes. During this time, anything suggestive of sex – literal or allegorical – was stringently suppressed; women were to be covered up to the chin, out to the hands, and down to the ankles, likewise, piano and table legs were covered to the floor....   [tags: Literary Themes]
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The Homosexual Legacy of Oscar Wilde - On October 16, 1854, the eccentric and fervently revered Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland. Wilde’s work as a dramatist, novelist, and poet was marked by controversial wit, and was often the subject of moral outrage in Europe. Much of his writing reflected his own life and his protest against societal norms happening during the nineteenth century. His only novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, was greatly attacked for having themes of homoeroticism, and was part of the history that actualized his notoriety....   [tags: Biography, Author, Analysis]
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The Critic as Artist by Oscar Wilde - Wilde felt that poetry was superior to the graphic arts for what reasons. Evaluate his claims. STUDENT Send instant message.Phone # not available. See all available user details.Send internal Webstudy mail.No external Web page available. In "The Critic as Artist," Oscar Wilde writes that literature is superior to the graphic arts, because unlike paintings of sunsets or portraits or other related forms of art, literature is "soul speaking to soul in those long-cadenced lines, not through form and colour alone…but with intellectual and emotional utterance, with lofty passion and with loftier thought, with imaginative insight, and with poetic aim" (2289)....   [tags: poetry, graphic, weaving] 2121 words
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Oscar Wilde: A Brief Biography - ... S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan, a musical theatre group that Wilde was associated with, sent him to the United States for a year on a lecture tour on aestheticism and other topics because he was so passionate about the topic. He spoke to the large group of people that his tour attracted and gave 125 lectures throughout the United States and Canada. In 1884 Wilde married Constance Lloyd, and from there had two sons. Yet, he became involved in a relationship with Alfred Douglas. Wilde was taken to court by Douglas's father, who eventually had him arrested and sentenced to two years in prison for the violation of England's sodomy laws....   [tags: Victorian authors] 669 words
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Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband - In Oscar Wilde's play, “An Ideal Husband” Wilde's touches upon and focuses on many different sorts of themes such as forgiveness and the past and also marriage. Out of all these many different themes that this play explores in society around the time of 1895, the one that stood out to me the most and I found most striking was the theme of Femininity. Throughout the time that this play took place, Femininity was a very uncommon occurrence to experience. However Wilde uses this theme in order to emphasize the dependency of a woman during that time....   [tags: play analysis] 864 words
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Oscar Wilde- The Writer - Throughout history, writers have made a larger impact on the world than any other type of people. Some have done more than others and are recognized more widely therefore. One prime example of an intellectual with a wide-spread influence on the world through his writing is none other than Oscar Wilde. His success can be traced to his abilities as a writer and an intellectual. His life has been full of harsh impacts and inspirations that have affected his style of writing to lead him to his fame amongst avid readers and scholars....   [tags: Success, Writer, Intellectual, Biography, Ireland]
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Oscar Wilde - Between the years of 1837 and 1901, British history experienced a revolutionary period of economic and cultural growth. The new wealth that came with expansion created new class structures as an age of domesticity was inspired. As a result of this, the art world changed too. Writers became realistic as they believed they were serving a higher moral purpose while creating. They wrote of actual and practical life in the form of dramatic monologues. Visual imagery illustrated their emotions while their tone and sound reflected the poems meaning....   [tags: literature, Victorian era, poetry, controversy]
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The Importance of Truth, According to Oscar Wilde - Mirroring his own life, Oscar Wilde’s witty plays explore the concept of truth and its role in shaping Victorian society. A vague question faced by readers is whether Wilde believed in untruth or supported the importance of truth. Oscar Wilde examines themes of truthfulness through the use of character deception in his social comedies The Importance of Being Ernest and Lady Windermere’s Fan. Both plays exploit situations shaped through secrecy and ultimately seeds a statement on social life, albeit a satirical one....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Oscar Wilde: Typifying the Victorian Era - Oscar Wilde was born in October 16, 1854, in the mid era of the Victorian period—which was when Queen Victoria ruled. Queen Victoria reigned from 1837 to 1901.While she ruined Britain, the nation rise than never before, and no one thought that she was capable of doing that. “The Victorian era was both good and bad due to the rise and fall of the empires and many pointless wars were fought. During that time, culture and technology improved greatly” (Anne Shepherd, “Overview of the Victorian Era”)....   [tags: Literature, England, Gaol]
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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 Picture of Dorian Grey, by Oscar Wilde - Is it worth maintaining an ornately aesthetic life. Is it better to seek a moral lifestyle following society’s moral standards. With ideal appearances and superficial beauty, a decorated life can seem easier and more luxurious than a moral life. Leading a moral life is not as appealing to most people; and is filled with hardships and trouble over “doing the right thing”. One quality cannot be held without losing the other, due to their conflicting natures. While the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray brings out the central question “Is it better to pursue Aesthetics or Morality?” it describes the life of Dorian Gray, who constantly sought to maintain his appearance at the cost of his morals, a...   [tags: Aesthetics vs. Morality]
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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - ... Basil serves as the moral face of Wilde’s individual whereas Lord Henry symbolizes his desire to live without morals: “Lord Henry often sounds like Wilde, but unlike Wilde, Lord Henry himself is not an artist. (…) Basil is a moralist, not a wit, but he is also a true artist” (Carroll 297). There is a constant correlation between Aesthetic beliefs and morality. Within the novel, Basil exemplifies perfectly this conflict between morals and beauty. He is mesmerized by Dorian’s beauty however still strongly believes in moral values and ethics....   [tags: conflict between Aesthecism and morality] 1973 words
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The Picture of Dorian Grey, by Oscar Wilde - Is it worth maintaining an ornately aesthetic life. Is it better to seek a moral lifestyle following society’s moral standards. With ideal appearances and superficial beauty, a decorated life can seem easier and more luxurious than a moral life. Leading a moral life is not as appealing to most people; and is filled with hardships and trouble over “doing the right thing”. One quality cannot be held without losing the other, due to their conflicting natures. While the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray brings out the central question “Is it better to pursue Aesthetics or Morality?” it describes the life of Dorian Gray, who constantly sought to maintain his appearance at the cost of his morals, a...   [tags: Aesthetics vs. Morality]
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The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde - ... The term Id was borrowed by Freud from “The Book of the It”. The author was Georg Groddeck who was starting a thing called psychosomatic medicine. The Id is our most primitive and instinctual impulses. It is based on the drive on sexuality and anger that come from our body. Freud called these things wishes, which translate to how we motivate ourselves as humans. Our Id needs absolutely instant gratifications. Some have compared it to a hungry baby that won’t stop screaming. As adults, we know the baby is hungry, but the baby doesn’t know why it’s crying....   [tags: Freudian analysis]
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Gender and Class in Oscar Wilde's Play - ... Gwendolen desires to marry Ernest and views him as a master piece, (Janjua, 9) which shows that she is not capable of making a wise decision. In contrast Lady Bracknell knows exactly what she wants and upholds her values to express so. In the passage she says to her daughter: Pardon me, you are not engaged to anyone. When you do become engaged to someone, I, or your father, should his health permit him, will inform you of the fact. An engagement should come on a young girl as a surprise, pleasant or unpleasant, as the case may be....   [tags: The Importance of Being earnest] 1588 words
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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - ... When he almost got blackballed at the West End club he believes that “his birth and social position fully entitled him to become a member” (Wilde 103). To Dorian it does not matter what a person does and what kind of person they are in their life but it is more dependent of how highly they are perceived due to their birth or high standing influence in the community. Dorian’s ego is a sign of his vanity and ultimately helps lead to the poor decisions that he makes throughout his life. Dorian’s relationship with Sibyl Vane is purely based on the vanity that Dorian possesses and how he loves beauty and talent....   [tags: vanity of man, man´s downfall] 842 words
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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - The Importance Of Being Earnest. One of the Oscar Wilde’s most loved, well known and successful play ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’ was written during the summer of 1894 at Worthing, England. It was first performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James’s theatre, London. Jack Worthing, the play’s main character was found and adopted by a wealthy man, Thomas Cardew in a handbag at a railway line where he was accidentally abandoned as a baby. All the respect that has been given to him as acknowledged upper-class Victorian is only because of his adopted father’s wealth....   [tags: story and character analysis] 1979 words
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The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde - ... Psychoanalysis is also connected to The Picture of Dorian Gray, its focus is on the conscious and the unconscious which can be applied to Gray as it would be to a real person. In his famous psychoanalytic theories, Freud claims that “man is always searching for happiness and pleasure. “ It is divided by three parts – the ego, super-ego, and the id. The ego is the conscious part of the mind, the super-ego is a person’s ideal self which includes all that is good, and the id is the part of the mind that contains a person’s desires and wishes....   [tags: theme and story analysis] 813 words
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The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - ... The alliteration “lad's lips, and he leaped” show the fluidity in which the actions occurred. The repetitive l sound shows that Dorian’s emotions happened at once because the l's flow together so do the emotions of pain and surprise that Dorian feels in the moment. Dorian also expresses his pain with the many short bursts of exclamations and questions. He shouts four short exclamatory sentences. “'Dead. Sibyl dead. It is not true. It is a horrible lie!’”. The short, monosyllabic sentences reveal his surprise and inability to complete thoughts and make sense of the situation at hand....   [tags: perception and reality] 702 words
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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - ... In the context of marriage, women were seen as having to use their physical appearances in hopes of acquiring wealth and status by marriage. This inversion of the gender roles is the plays attempt to undermine the fixed concept of gender identity. The presence of strong female characters in the play defies the societal standard of women in contemporary society being only dimwitted or sexual. Cecily and Gwendolyn’s character shows mastery of witty language that is typically reserved for men. Cecily's exterior is feminine in looks, but she takes charge in a masculine way....   [tags: gender roles, critique] 1114 words
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Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde’s, The Picture of Dorian Grey shocked its earlier readers by its hints of abominable sins and was later used as evidence against him at the Old Bailey trial in 1895. The novel follows a young man who’s exquisite beauty captures the attention of an extremely talented yet somewhat conventionally minded artist, Basil Hallward, believing his boyish charm to be responsible for a breakthrough in his career. Dorian, in the opening chapters of the novel, meets Lord Henry Wotton, a close friend of Basil's, quickly becoming beguiled by the seemingly sophisticated man’s views of the world....   [tags: abominable sins, story and character analysis] 2802 words
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Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray      The Picture of Dorian Gray is a novel by Oscar Wilde. The genre of this novel can be classified as a comedy of manners or a gothic novel. The Picture of Dorian Gray was first published in 1890 in Lippincott’s Monthly Magazine. Another version with an additional six chapters was published in 1891. One of the major themes in the novel was the Supremacy of Beauty and Youth. A very attractive man has a portrait painted of himself, and after being warned of the mortality of his youth the man, Dorian, trades his soul to remain young while his portrait bears the markings of his age and evil deeds....   [tags: Wilde Dorian Gray Picture Essays]
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The Importance of Being Oscar Wilde - In Dublin, Ireland in 1854 a future figure to in aesthetic writing was born to a famous surgeon Sir Robert Wills Wilde who earned his nonheritable title through his medical service. His mother, Jane Francesca Wilde supported Irish Nationalism. From a very young age, he excelled in his education, and was gifted in many languages. His early schooling took place in Enniskillen Portora Royal School, he attended Trinity College in 1873 as well as Magdalen College in Oxford, from 1874-1879. While he was in College he began his reputation as a poet, his early work did get him some success, he won the Newdigate prize for his poetry....   [tags: English literature, biography]
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Gothic Elements in The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde`s novel The Picture of Dorian Gray is written primarily out of the aesthetic movement of the Nineteenth Century. Therefore, the text contains a profuse amount of imagery which reflects the concepts of beauty and sensory experiences. By taking the aesthetic approach, Wilde was able to revive the gothic style through grotesque imagery of the portrait and the character whose soul it represents. Wilde is not using gothic elements to shock his audiences; rather he uses the gothic to capture the hideousness of Gray`s corruptness which leaks out of the painting and into the tone of the entire text....   [tags: oscar wilde]
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The Misunderstood Legacy of Oscar Wilde - The Misunderstood Legacy of Oscar Wilde Surrounded by scandal caused by his own deception, Oscar Wilde left this world with a legacy of often misunderstood wit, a brilliant collection of writing, and sordid tales of an extramarital homosexual affair. The playwright progressed from a fashionable, flippant fop immersed in London society to a man broken by the public discovery of his relationship with Lord Alfred Douglas. In his prime, Oscar Wilde was a social butterfly, admired and accepted by an artistic circle until his illicit affair became public; throughout his plays, he mocked the same London society with which he himself was quite involved....   [tags: Papers] 1652 words
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Play: The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde - Marriage in The Importance of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest is a play by Oscar Wilde. Oscar describes his play as A Trivia comedy for serious people. The protagonists in the play maintains being fictitious in order to escape burdensome social obligations. The play is lighthearted with flippant comments and offhand jokes, however the play contains serious undertones and social commentary about marriage and the society. Oscar Wilde in his plat portrays marriage in the Victorian Era as arranged for the upper class....   [tags: Marriage, Victorian Era]
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Satirical Comments in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - ... This exclusive class that was limited to a small part of the population influences many people to focus more on a persons appearance rather than other important traits that form a person. This is shown clearly through the characters illustrated in “The Important of Being Earnest.” Oscar Wilde expresses his concern of people trying to maintain an upper class reputation through the characters of the play “The Importance of Being Earnest.” During the Victorian Period members of the upper class displayed pride, and felt that they were entitled to their wealth and status and also believed it is only appropriate to marry within their social class....   [tags: social classes, aristocracy] 983 words
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Analysis of Oscar Wilde´s The Picture of Dorian Gray - “The picture of Dorian Gray” is considered the most important work of Oscar Wilde_a greatest English literary writer in nineteenth century. Wilde’s style is typical for the gospel of “Art for art’s sake”, it is also the reason why the fans of Gothic literature would find this novel absolutely attractive. The novel was written in 1891 which told a story about the life of a young man, Dorian Gray, or to be more exact, his spiritual life. The author touched upon many problems of contemporary life: morality, art and beauty in particular....   [tags: morality, art, beauty, spiritual] 523 words
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Dualism of a Double Life in Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - ... 7 Dorian Gray’s double life inevitably strays so far from his original image, that the corruption of his outer and public being twists the inner psyche until rendered unrecognizable.1 Wilde utilizes Dorian’s new “worship of the senses” as an example of the extremist form of aesthetics, which coincides with a phobia of reality.2 Dorian’s relationship with the portrait begins to grow into that of resent as he grows to “loathe it and himself,” reflecting a polarity of his previous regard of his soul.3 His recognition of hatred for the portrait implicates evidence of self-hatred, and also suggests that his public identity does not reflect his true character.4 He acknowledges that he “has he...   [tags: Sin, Homosexuality, Oppression]
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Oscar Wilde: Visionary Playwright and Forgotten Sodomite - “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”(Oscar Wilde) Just starting off in the world, this phrase can be a bit bemusing to the average student. Especially in the rigorous social norms of the Victorian age. But if this phrase was uttered at the end of his life, toward his downfall, the betrayal of his fans, the loss of a wife and a lover, his inevitable imprisonment; it would make much more sense for this troubled man. As an aesthetic to the core, Wilde used his unending wit to satirize the Victorian Era through his plays and novel....   [tags: romance, gay, aestheticism] 595 words
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Oscar Wilde's Views on Art - I'm at wit's end here; I've looked in countless periodicals, dictionaries, and reference books. I've been all over the internet, found some very interesting things that we needn't go into here, and don't even get me started on the thesaurus. All this research and I still can't find a good definition of the word art. This is an Extended Definition Essay. A definition is kind of an important thing to have, don't you think. Okay lets just calm down and look at this again. The most common definition I could find told me that art is a one syllable noun that means: expressions within a medium....   [tags: Aesthetics] 791 words
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Analysis of Oscar Wilde´s The Picture of Dorian Gray - ... He claims that the portrait of Dorian Gray does not reveal Dorian, but in fact reveals himself and all the feelings that reside within him. He is willing to sacrifice the success of his most beautiful piece of work because he is under the impression that if he were to display his artwork in an exhibition, everyone would see right through to the depth of his soul. However, this reveals that Basil is not a true aesthetic because he is painting his confessions into the painting, he is putting in his feelings for Dorian Gray....   [tags: art, life, perspective, society, relationship] 605 words
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Analysis of Oscar Wilde´s The Picture of Dorian Grey - ... Basil recognizes Henry's control on Dorian through the, "delightful experience," of his relationship with the naive Sybil Vane; Gray finds he can only fall in love with a woman's allure, tragically destroying her. Under the influence of Lord Henry, Dorian Gray rejects his once pure morality to appreciate the importance of superficial beauty. As an affect to Lord Henry's efficacy, Dorian Gray begins to obsess over a non-stop battle between himself and a portrait; causing Gray to sacrifice his soul for everlasting youth and beauty....   [tags: Beauty, Manipulation, Morality]
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Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest - In Oscar Wilde’s satire, The Importance of Being Earnest, he engages the audience with a profound amount of conflicting dialogue starting with the title. The importance of being Ernest is quite a different meaning than the importance of being earnest. Wilde demonstrates a considerable amount of wit to unfold the importance of being both Ernest and earnest. The play centers on a young man named Jack, who incidentally has created an alter ego, Ernest, in order to frequent the aristocratic high life of London....   [tags: literary analysis]
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Oscar Wilde's Paradoxes - ... In fact, the truth should be told to everybody, not just sweet girls: everyone deserves the truth, yet this play is the epitome of dishonesty and gives an insight into Wilde’s feelings on the issue. Paradoxical statements work alongside the Comedy of Manners -“ a style of comedy that reflects the life, ideals and manners of upper class society in a way that is essentially true to its traditions and philosophy” and are important in adding to the comedy of the play as they set up situations that otherwise wouldn’t be funny....   [tags: literary analysis, statements] 1412 words
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The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde - Dorian has accepted that his soul is full of sin. When he shows Basil his true form, the one with sin written across its face, he believes he has no hope to be good. He let's Basil in on the truth because the guilt of watching Basil praise him despite the rumors about him is too much to bear. Basil is shocked to see the gross, wrinkled effigy of Dorian and implores that they ask God for forgiveness. He believes there is still a chance, and Dorian only needs to repent his sins. Dorian says with skepticism,“It is too late, Basil” (Wilde, 140)....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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