Lady Bracknell Character Analysis

analytical Essay
1092 words
1092 words

The Importance of Being Earnest is a play written by Oscar Wilde during the Victorian era. It is a farcical comedy in which the main characters live and maintain a fictional persona to escape their responsibilities. To which Oscar Wilde uses secondary characters within the play such as Lady Bracknell to humorously make her the tool of the conflict and much of the satire. She is the first and foremost a symbol of Victorian earnests and the unhappiness it brings as a result. Lady Bracknell was specially designed to represent Wilde’s opinion of the upper Victorian class repressiveness and traditional negativity. Hence minor characters such as Lady Bracknell play essential roles as they help both the plot and support the themes with assistance …show more content…

Wilde purposely used her role to portray how closed minded the society was, with her opinions and mannerism betraying a carefully calculated speaking pattern with witty epigrams and social wordplay to tear other characters apart. As a ruthless social climber and spokesperson for the status quo, she was not always part of the upper class but rather married into aristocracy, as she previously represent the formerly excluded. However, now that she is Lady Bracknell, she has opinions on just about everything and with her behavior enforcing social discrimination and exclusion for the outsiders from her class; she is an invention of Wilde’s to present his satire on these subjects. For example, when Jack proposed to her daughter Gwendolen, this was the moment that Lady Bracknell was able to “flex” her muscles and bend the rules to suit her pleasure as she saw marriage of more of an alliance for property and social security than love or passion. Thus Jack was placed on her list of eligible suitors if only he could pass her series of challenging tests. Yet at the same time Lady Bracknell relentlessly gives Jack “correct” but immoral advice on finding his parents. "I would strongly advise you, Mr. Worthing, to try and acquire …show more content…

“I attribute it to the superior quality of the wine, sir. I have often observed that in married households the champagne is rarely of a first-rate brand.” Algernon. “Good heavens! Is marriage so demoralizing as that?”(Wilde, 13) The idea of connecting champagne to marriage is to bring out the irony behind the courtship and how the feeling of love is caused by the drunkenness of alcohol, with the question coming to play is love a real feeling or a passing emotion? (Succur, 2015) Throughout the discussion of marriage, it is clear that Algernon is too immature to go into the real world, as he tends to go out of town whenever responsibilities reach him. With conclusion that Lane is the only manservant Algernon can afford. Therefore the fact that both men are unfit for each other makes their relationship work as Algernon does not care for Lane anymore than Lane cares for Algernon. Algernon. [Languidly.] “I don’t know that I am much interested in your family life, Lane”. Lane. “ No, sir; it is not a very interesting subject. I never think of it myself” (Wilde, 14). Another role that Lane fulfills is being an accomplice, as Lane is so attuned to Algy that he finished the lies that Algernon starts. For example when Algernon ate all the cucumber sandwiches that was intended for Lady Bracknell, “Algernon. [Picking up empty plate in horror.] Good heavens! Lane! Why are there no cucumber sandwiches? I ordered them specially”. Lane. [Gravely.] There were no cucumbers in

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how oscar wilde's the importance of being earnest is a farcical comedy in which the main characters live and maintain their fictional persona to escape their responsibilities.
  • Analyzes how wilde used lady bracknell's character to portray the closed-minded victorian society. she was a ruthless social climber and spokesperson for the status quo.
  • Analyzes how wilde creates patterns of language with characters that compliment and oppose each other, such as algernon and his complementary manservant lane.
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