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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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's The Importance Of Being Earnest - In “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, humor functions through the use of Characterization and the social satire of the Victorian period. Characterization is the method an author uses to reveal or describe characters and their various personalities. Satire is a literary tone used to ridicule or make fun of human vice or weakness, often with the intent of correcting, or changing, the subject of the satirical attack. These two comical devices are part of the nature of humor, which is the concept that a person’s flaws are funny....   [tags: essays research papers] 591 words
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Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest - What is love. Love is that thing that we all yearn for. Love is that deep connection that you have with someone. Love is a fundamental force that we all want to obtain but few of is every truly reach. What is marriage. Marriage is a promise between two people who has that deep love for one another make, stating that no matter the circumstance they will stick by each other side. Marriage is a union between two lovers who feel like they have founded their other half. Marriage is a partnership between two people, and no matter what events may occur they will find a way to work it out because they love each other....   [tags: themes of love and marriage]
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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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Review of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest - Review of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest The play The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde definitely proved itself to be “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.” I saw the play at State University’s State Theatre. The play was long, in a three-act structure, yet it moved along at a good pace. They did a nice job of preparing the audience, there was an interesting lobby display with sketches of each of the costumes with fabric samples and they played music to fit the time period before the show began....   [tags: Papers] 618 words
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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 The Importance Of Being Earnest - Principal Characters Jack Worthing, gentleman of the Manor House; also known as "Ernest" Celcily Cardew, Worthing's pretty young ward Miss Prism, Cecily's governess Algernon Moncrieff, Worthing's friend Lady Augusta Braknell, Algernon's aunt Gwendolen Fairfax, Lady Bracknell's daughter The Reverend Canon Chasublc, Rector of Woolton Story Overview While Algernon Moncrieff and his manservant prepared for a visit froi-n his aunt, the formidable Lady Bracknell, their conversation turned to the question of marriage....   [tags: essays research papers] 1749 words
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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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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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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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Racism and Sexism are Ugly Words in Oscar Wilde's Play, The Importance of Being Earnest - ... It argues that there is a core of humanity common to every culture, race, gender and era that is unchanged by superficial trappings of society. The theme of an inner common heart unchanged by superficial appearances is evident in three different areas of Ball State University’s production of The Importance of Being Earnest: the lighting cues at the end of each act in contrast with the lavish set, the director’s cut of certain parts of the script and the heart of each character in contrast with the overall exaggerated facial expressions....   [tags: exaggerate, expressions, superficial]
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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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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 - 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 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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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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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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Hypocrisy of the Aristocracy in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - Oscar Wilde satires the hypocrisy and stupidity of the strict Victorian aristocracy through the characters in The Importance of Being Earnest. It can be argued that the women of the play usurp the masculine power and this itself is what makes up the comedy as it would have been humorous to a patriarchal audience. Lady Bracknell is the archetypal of the absolute height of a society woman while both Gwendolyn and Cecily’s characters show potential of rivaling this type of power in the future. Arguably, Lady Bracknell is the character who exerts the most power and authority throughout the play....   [tags: authority, women, patriarchy]
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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - ... Wilde viewed marriage to be filled with hypocrisy and often used to achieve status. Wilde also saw marriage as an institution that encouraged cheating as the majority of people in the Victorian era did not marry for love instead they married people who would help achieve a more important social status in society. In spite of the fact that the play does inevitably end on a joyful note, it does however give the feeling that marriage and respectability are frequently entwined in dangerous ways....   [tags: Vicrorian England] 541 words
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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - ... Structurally, this establishes the witticism “divorces are made in heaven,” which widely contradicts the maxim ‘marriage made in heaven,’ a paradox exposing the absurd, insincere nature of the upper class, who we, as an audience, tend to mock. This generates a huge sense of satisfaction when Algernon finally meets and falls in love with Cecily, describing her as “like a pink rose,” creating an antithesis framed by Algernon’s initial mockery of marriage, which eventually results in his yearning for love and forgiveness....   [tags: story and character analysis] 1418 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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The Praised and Recognized Theater Work of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler versus Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest - ... The Cigarette box is one of the most important props in the play, because it symbols a double life that Jack is leading, one in the city with Gwendolen, and the life he leads in the country with his ward Cecily. Ibsen and Wilde use this technique effectively to show the props and characters have a connection between the two. Ibsen and Oscar Wilde use their props in different ways to create deeper meaning for their props. The deeper meaning in the play takes aim at broader ideas and pre-existing beliefs....   [tags: character development, motivation, props]
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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 Importance of Being Ernest by Oscar Wilde - ... In todays world and society, with ads blaring and people whining all over the place, it is beyond measure at how easily it is to loose who you really are. for example, you learn growing up through your childhood, the pre-teen years, and teen years, that you really like to play paintball. In fact, you become really good and go on throughout your high school years playing and making a name for yourself. however, there will come a time when your parents and schools will start telling you that you need to start looking for a college, to find a degree, to continue pursuing a higher education....   [tags: dentist, false impression] 600 words
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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - ... . . . I call that business. Jack: How utterly unromantic you are. This conversation between Jack and Algernon says a lot about both Algernon’s and Jack’s views on marriage. Algernon categorizes Jack’s proposal to Gwendolen as business instead of pleasure. He thinks marriage is a social obligation which one must fulfill to maintain a respectable stature. He therefore calls it business. On the other hand, Jack has a positive outlook on marriage and believes it is done for pleasure and is romantic....   [tags: questions and explorations] 1176 words
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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - Oscar Wilde, the author of The Importance of Being Earnest, was most definitely a peculiar character. This is present in his writings, particularly in the aforementioned work. The Importance of Being Earnest uses unusual situations and striking puns to produce a humor that would be enjoyed by nearly all peoples. The Importance of Being Earnest was nearly a Victorian example of an episode of 'Seinfeld.'; The characters contained within often find themselves in the most peculiar of situations, so strange that we can find them humorous....   [tags: essays research papers] 553 words
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Russell Jackson´s Review of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - ... This connects with Richard Jackson's judgement of the play as Wilde commonly engaged with society and mocked it's forms through the mirroring of characters. Throughout the course of the play, Wilde portrays each of the main characters in a way that reflects his personal views of English aristocracy. Algernon, often displays his negative views on marriage and love, believing that marriage is a social obligation in order to gain respect in social class and “that in married life three is company and two is none.” this line is a perverse take on the common conventions of married life- The third person being Bunbury....   [tags: play, satire, society] 1306 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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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, Questions and Answers - ... Cecily is ‘content’ with Algernon’s one line explanation and states the explanation has raised a sense of trust within her. The women are about to forgive the men but say in unison that their ‘Christian names are still an insuperable barrier’. Jack and Algernon, reply in unison, that they are to get christened in the evening. The women begin praising the men; they are touched by what the men are about to sacrifice. The couples ‘fall into each other’s arms’. The two women are very easily convinced by Jack and Algernon’s brief explanations....   [tags: act 3 analysis, gwendolen and cecily] 2250 words
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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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Characters' Journey from Turmoil to Happiness in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde - ... Even though, he may have some bad qualities, in the resolution, as it was by chance that his name was Earnest he asks for forgiveness, ’Can you forgive me?’ from Gwendolyn as he didn’t know that ‘his whole life he has been speaking nothing but the truth’ therefore, he can be seen as a virtuous person. On the contrary, in dramatic comedies as the same plots are used over and over again as stated by Hume , we as the audience know that Jack does win Gwendolyn and does reform in the process....   [tags: comedy, marriage, repent] 1225 words
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Exploring Social Class in Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe and The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - The Oxford Dictionary defines class as a 'system of ordering society whereby people are divided into sets based on perceived social or economic status'. Literature according to Marx echoes the social institutions from which it comes and literature is a economic product, that often reflects an author's idea or vision of class. Indeed, when reading Oliver twist by Charles Dickens, the reader will find a description of the different classes that composed the Victorian society and how they interact with each other; each character has been assigned a social and political status and acts accordingly, and the way Dickens portrays them has an impact on our idea of social class, indeed, the read...   [tags: Robinson Crusoe Essays]
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Society in The Importance of Being Earnest, Salome, and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde - Society in The Importance of Being Earnest, Salome, and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde In Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, Salome, and The Picture of Dorian Gray we see certain themes and similarities that reflect Wilde's ideas about society and aspects of it. Oscar Wilde chose to focus The Importance of Being Earnest, Salome, and The Picture of Dorian Gray on satirizing the life of the aristocracy, marriage, the nature of evil, and the problems of women by using underlying themes and implementing a convoluting style in the stories....   [tags: Papers] 1570 words
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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 Importance Of Being Earnest by Wilde - The Satire of Earnestness It was a play that made controversy in the lush mansions of Victorian society. Subtitled "A Trivial Comedy for Serious People," The Importance of Being Earnest jokingly criticized Victorian manners and morals and attacking the society of the rich and luxurious. Oscar Wilde incorporated his own beliefs and ideology into the play by alluding to Victorian society "lets duplicity led to happiness." It is this "happiness" Wilde's play focuses on by concentrating the theme of the play on marriage....   [tags: satire, Victorian, Oscar Wilde] 1057 words
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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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Importance Of Being Earnest - Love equals Excitement Mr. Algernon "I really don't see anything romantic in proposing. It is very romantic to be in love. But there is nothing romantic about a definite proposal. Why, one may be accepted. One usually is, I believe. Then the excitement is all over. The very essence of romance is uncertainty. If ever I get married, I'll certainly try to forget the fact" (Norton 2180). Through this statement and others in The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde creates a mockery and joke of the most sacred tradition in society; marriage....   [tags: Oscar Wilde] 1086 words
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Love in The Importance of Being Earnest - Love in The Importance of Being Earnest Love is perhaps the most actively sought moral objective of one's life. And though marriage is often thought to be the logical consequence of love, it is Oscar Wilde's contention in his satire, The Importance of Being Earnest, that love begets bliss and marriage thwarts this course of bliss. Algernon Moncrieff spends very little time falling in love and the rest of the time striving toward engagement. Wilde demonstrates through him that once one becomes intent upon achieving a goal, the individual's motivation becomes a matter of action rather than truth....   [tags: Oscar Wilde Papers]
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