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The perfect lives that make up the routine of the Illyrian citizens portrays a society in which enjoyment, and personal gain are held in utmost priority. Shakespeares mocks the passivity of the Illyrian lifestyle to explain to the audience that excess of such festivity has negative side effects such as ego and lack of true love. He expresses that the pursuit of expression and truth in itself invokes enjoyment. Sir Aguecheek mirrors the uncertainty of a person through lack of self-confidence and the desire to openly reveal his true self when lamenting “Is it a world to hide virtues in?” (1.3.131). While uncovering aesthetic and emotional mysteries, the Illyrians find that disport restrains them from actual enjoyment and love.
This example shows both Gatsby’s ignorance and disregard of the law. B... ... middle of paper ... ...20’s was affected the most by the want of high status. They were a social class to go past extremes and cross the line. In the 1920’s, people lived life however they felt like. Coming off a colossal war, many of the citizens believed they had this right.
In one sense, a certain sense of direction and certainty was removed from people's lives, but unlike those old enough to remember the times of peace before the wars, Jimmy was born into a directed society that fought in wars and won. By the time the play takes place (mid-to-late fifties), the English society started slowly reforming itself to adjust to the new circumstances. The black-and-white divisions of morality and politics turned into shades of grey. Actions that needed to be taken turned into thoughts and political stands, and frustration inevitably followed for those who felt they needed to actively participate in shaping the world around them. The English society of the time de-emphasised the importance of individual achievement in favour of more widespread reorganization.
Wilde's recurring themes on the importance of "imagination, self-development, and individualism" are apparent in this play. The characters portray people who are very serious and common at the same time. How fanciful and carefree is life? Well, no one knows until they sincerely become completely unrestrained and untainted. Quite plainly the play reminds us to live for ourselves (as Lord Darlington would) and for the moment because otherwise one lives for something or someone else.
Caliban's utopia changes throughout the play and Gonzalo's utopia seems somewhat confusing as he has two idea's which seem to contradict each other. One side of Prospero's utopia is an example of what society at that time believed to be a utopia. An easy existence, void of manual labor, ... ... middle of paper ... ...aid that the central utopian power in poetry equals true liberation and that it "makes familiar objects unfamiliar". However I feel that the end of the play is the true form of utopia because it truly celebrates the reconciliation of the characters from their past, with the two main themes being reformation and restoration, as the play starts in chaos and restores itself at the end. Works Cited and Consulted Boss, Judith E. "The Golden Age, Cockaigne, and Utopia in The Faerie Queene and The Temepest."