In his play, Wilde utilizes the techniques of inversion and puns to get his satire across, which work together to form a specific critique of marriage and social status in a Victorian society, and those that enforce these rules. Woolf, on the other hand, uses both parody and irony to create a more relatable and less direct viewpoint on society and the people who fit into it. Both Oscar Wilde and Virginia Woolf use satire to criticize gender roles and social status in a Victorian society, but through different techniques direct their satire at different audiences. In The Importance of Being Earnest, one of the most common satirical techniques utilized by Wilde is inversion. Inversion is considered a reversal of order, form, or another relationship.
All in all Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ preserves its comedic appeal to an ever changing contemporary audience despite the fact it was written in the Victorian era. The use of literacy devices and satirical techniques exhibits the themes of marriage, death and the use of the word earnest and how it correlates to the play showcase the satirical craftsmanship of his epigram and with this proves that this renowned piece of literature sparked uproar during 19th century Britain which preserved the Irish born playwright as one of the greatest.
Dramatic irony in A Midsummer Night’s Dream embodies the elaborate plotline that symbolizes the complexity of love, while d... ... middle of paper ... ...ularly touches on how complicated love is and how love is blind. On the other hand, the outlandish, farcical scenes contribute to the moral that love is irrational and ridiculous. Throughout the play, it is evident that Shakespeare intends to create a crucial moral about love, while also entertaining the audience. The comedic aspect of the play as a whole; however, is clearly not intended just to entertain the audience, but also serves as a way to help symbolize this larger message about love. This moral is clearly not intended, but rather makes a point and pokes fun at love, and even in the biggest picture, society.
Oscar Wilde’s, “The Importance of Being Earnest”, play carefully uses satire as a didactic tool to mask the underlying social commentary with the help of comedy through characters theme and dialogue. Wilde uses satire to ridicule class and wealth, marriage and the ignorance of the Victorian Age. Audiences are continually amused by Wilde’s use of linguistic and comic devices such as double entendre, puns, paradox and epigrams, especially in the case of social commentary and didactic lessons. Characters portrayed in the play such as Jack, Cecily, Algernon and Lady Bracknell, allow Wilde to express his opinions on the social problems during the Victorian Age. Wilde’s didactic satire delves deep into the problems of society, highlighting to the audience all the flaws of human beings and their social obligations while keeping it light-hearted and enjoyable for audiences.
His insolence and irresponsible bawdiness make him a brilliantly effective figure on stage. Love to him is to be treated roughly and his outrageous comments and gestures to the other characters are wittily exaggerated, bringing great entertainment and comedy moments to the play. Mercutio's main role in the play is to enhance the purity of Romeo's love by contrast. He acts as Romeo's conscience when he urges him in to the ball. Moreover the figurative 'Queen Mab' speech, where the almost mystical and enchanting midwife ends up as an incubus, shows how Mercutio us... ... middle of paper ... ...nd comedy makes his character vital to the play and to keep the audience entertained.
When he hears them talking, he will believe that Beatrice is in love with him and act upon his knowledge. The audience is interested in this plot, as "counterfeiting" and deception are themes that run through the play. We ... ... middle of paper ... ...nedick, is of a joker, a slightly vain and precocious man who, in soliloquies throughout the play, will over-analyse what has been said about or to him, often in the effort of preserving, and even, discovering his self-image. However, what is conceivably more relevant, his how the audience’s opinion adjust the throughout the play. We are then shown, a more compassionate man, with a newly developed fervent attitude toward love, and relationships.
Cecily is not the natural country girl. She possesses the self-assurance of the experienced woman. Without being cynical she makes her desires clear. And when Gwendolen and Cecily discover that their Earnests are impostors whose names are Jack and Algernon they decide that love can be restored only if Jack and Algy christen themselves Earnest. At the end the farce turns to be an idyll of wish-fulfillment- Cecily wishes to be engaged to Earnest and it happens so, Jack declares that he is called Earnest and he is in fact, Algy pretends to be Jack's young brother and it comes true too.
Different Forms of Disguise and Deception in Twelfth Night Twelfth Night is said to be Shakespeare's most complete comedy. As in most comedies, Twelfth Night celebrates different forms of disguise and deception in order to make the play more entertaining. ”There's something in it that is deceivable”(ActIV, ScIII), indeed the crux of the play is based on disguise and deception. The most significant deception would definitely be Viola’s disguise as Orsino’s page, Cesario, which makes the story remarkably intriguing. In addition to Viola’s disguise, the deceptions of some characters further intensify the amusement of the play.
To summarise, comedy was designed to make people laugh and show that a happy ending is possible, it often ends with marriages, while the tragedy shows that even very important persons can find themselves in situations that are beyond them and that lead them to their downfall. By writing The Tragical History of Hamlet, Prince of Den... ... middle of paper ... ... of Revenge. 315 o A Theory of Renaissance Tragedy. pp. 292 • Bolt, Sydney.
His bawdy wit thus sets up Romeo to take the role of the innocent tragic hero. When Mercutio delivers his Queen Mab speech (also in Act I, Scene 4), he again c... ... middle of paper ... ...racter further isolates the couple and fuels the tragic consequences of their elevated love. Thus, while the Nurse drives some of the most comedic scenes in the play, within her comic commentaries are woven the subtler threads of tragedy created by enslavement to social conventions. Shakespeare uses the comic roles of Mercutio and the Nurse to develop the roles of Romeo and Juliet as young tragic lovers. Prior to Tybalt and Mercutio's deaths, the Nurse had served primarily as comic relief.