ENGL 2413 CRN15872
October 3, 2015
Essay 3 Rough Draft
Than Man in the Mirror
Have you ever watched a movie and thought “Wow! Those characters are so very different, but they are in two very similar situations?” That is just what the creator of the work wants you to see. They have used what is called a character foil. A character foil is a double or a mirror of characters. This allows you to see alternative versions of the story play out and help intensify the work. Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” and Bernard Shaw’s “Arms and the Man” both use character foils to highlight the conflicts and themes which help intensify the drama for the audience.
In “The Importance of Being Earnest”, Jack Worthing is a seemingly responsible and respectable young man who leads a double life. In Hertfordshire, where he has a country estate, Jack is known as Jack. In London he is known as Earnest. As a baby, Jack was discovered in a handbag in the cloakroom of Victoria Station by an old man who adopted him and subsequently made Jack guardian to his granddaughter, Cecily Cardew. He feels less at home in aristocratic society than does Algernon. Jack is in love with his friend Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax. He lives in the country but has invented a wicked brother named "Ernest" whose scrapes require Jack 's attendance in the city.
Algernon Moncrieff is the character Wilde has used to portray a foil to Jack Worthington. Algy as what he is called for short, has created a friend named “Bunbury” whose status as a permanent invalid allows Algernon to leave the city whenever he pleases, especially to wriggle out of unpleasant or dull social obligations. Algernon believes this activity, "Bunburying," is necessary, especially if...
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...ers Louka and Raina that each has a different view on love but go about getting what they want in similar ways! This is the character foil Shaw has used to show Raina and Louka as two very different women, but have the same view on love. It allows us to see the storyline and theme played out in two different scenarios!
We see through each work the use of character foils, each author has been able to highlight the conflict and themes which in return help intensify the drama. “The Importance of Being Earnest” carries a theme of the pursuit of marriage. We see through very different characters going about pursuing their desire to marry in very similar situations! “Arms and the man” carries a theme of different attitudes towards love and war. Through the contrast of Sergius and Bluntschli and the contrast of Raina and Louka, we see this theme come to light very clearly!
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