Importance Of Being Earnest

analytical Essay
1045 words
1045 words

Theatre Studies: Cat One Draft The Importance of Being Earnest is set in late Victorian England, a time of social reform. Society was rediscovering art in its many forms yet as a consequence, The Upper class continued their program of suppressed inferiority. The lower classes were treated with disdain and disgust and the animosity between the groups was easily visible. Essentially, the late Victorian era was the beginning of a mini cultural renaissance, yet Upper Class society, which forms the basis of the play was rigidly controlled by a set of unwritten rules, a code of conduct as it may, in which all were expected to conform with. This code referred to a number of things, including the way they ate, dressed, and spoke. The 19th Century saw many important alliances formed politically between Queen Victoria and her Prime Ministers. This was typified by her friendship with Benjamin Disraeli. Together they formed a number of political partnerships, none of which was more important than the Reform Act. The Reform Act greatly annoyed the upper class, which considered the idea of any man being allowed to vote as simply disgraceful. The Victorian era saw legislation concerning labour and industry, which began to intrude on the power of the Upper class over the working class labourers. In fact by the late 1880’s Lower classes were working less hours, while their wages continued to increase. This allowed many to enjoy luxuries that until then were considered only possible by the Upper Classes. Women, even the ones of the Upper Class were still considered unequal of men even at this stage in history, even though the monarch was a woman. Yet, towards the end of the 19th Century, Women rebelled against their stereotypes. They began to seek smaller families so as to escape the child-breeding, household running typecast. Women became active in the social scene with charities, churches, local politics and the arts. Colleges became open to women in the 1870’s and many pursued an education. However, Professional Careers were still “off limits”. The Importance of Being Earnest is a play in the comedy of manners style. The comedy of manners by definition is a witty, cerebral and dramatic form of comedy that satirizes the ways and disposition of a social class. Style itself is a depiction of behavior, not just a shallow manner of expression. The Importance of Being Earne... ... middle of paper ... ... a mix of all of these methods to create a language, which is complex, yet incredibly enthralling. During our production my role was to design tickets to suite our style of performance. There were a number of processes in which I had to go through to uncover my final finished product. Firstly, I research anything remotely to do with Victorian society and ticketing. This started with the looking into books and documents of the time and even finding older examples of Victorian work. This led into the first drafting process. After coming up with a design, some discussion was had in a group and we finalized the design and the wording that was to be printed on the tickets. After some thought, I went with the gold cardboard which visually very impressive. Subsequently, I presented a finished product to the class and after some confusion about dates and times, I went into full-scale production. To save money, we printed the tickets on a laser printer instead of an actual printer, but the quality was surprisingly good. So after 2 weeks of refinement and a number of drafts the tickets were completed. The tickets themselves use a uniform old style font which is elegant yet still readable.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the importance of being earnest is set in late victorian england, a time of social reform. the upper class continued their program of suppressed inferiority, while the lower classes were treated with disdain and disgust.
  • Explains that women rebelled against their stereotypes towards the end of the 19th century. they became active in the social scene with charities, churches, local politics, and the arts.
  • Analyzes how the importance of being earnest is a play in the comedy of manners style that satirizes the ways of late victorian upper class and their social etiquette.
  • Describes how the importance of being earnest was staged in conventional theatres in the confines of the proscenium arch. it used the ideas of realism and thrust them upon the stage.
  • Analyzes how wilde uses alliteration and puns to create a complex, yet enthralling language.
  • Describes their role in designing tickets for their production. they researched victorian society and found older examples of victorian work. after drafting the design, they presented the finished product to the class.
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