Society in The Importance of Being Earnest, Salome, and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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Society in The Importance of Being Earnest, Salome, and The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde In Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, Salome, and The Picture of Dorian Gray we see certain themes and similarities that reflect Wilde's ideas about society and aspects of it. Oscar Wilde chose to focus The Importance of Being Earnest, Salome, and The Picture of Dorian Gray on satirizing the life of the aristocracy, marriage, the nature of evil, and the problems of women by using underlying themes and implementing a convoluting style in the stories. The Importance of Being Earnest, a play by Oscar Wilde, allows a reader to see the ridiculousness of the aristocracy; particularly the English one. His characters are typical Victorian snobs; they are arrogant, overly proper, formal, and concerned with money. Lady Bracknell especially embodies the stereotype of the Victorian English aristocrat. An example of this is seen when she forbids her daughter to marry to Ernest(Jack) , whom she does not think is suitable because of his ambiguous background. A woman who is foolish enough to stop her daughter from marrying her love because she does not approve of his background is too superficial. Lady Bracknell constantly behaves in such an incorrect manner throughout the novel. She speaks of how good she is and how her family is this and that and never seems to respect anyone who she does not think is of her stature or worth. According to Bracknell "Never speak disrespectfully of society" because "only people who can't get into it do that."(Pg 98, Act III) Wilde's distaste of aristocracy can be seen directly in this play. Even the characters who are supposed to be good natured are utterly ridic... ... middle of paper ... ...ing but bring harm to a situation. The Picture of Dorian Gray shows us how the love for the aesthetic results in tragedy. In all three, Wilde's message that infatuation for the superficial will do nothing but bring troubles. This is a very strong common theme in all three works. In The Importance of Being Earnest, Salome, and The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilde portrays several underlying themes. His disapproval of the aristocracy, marriage, the nature of evil, and woman are apparent in all three works. From his writing, one can draw valuable lessons on life and learn about mistakes that should not be made. His work shows us how life can be interrupted and even ended as a result of certain things. Oscar Wilde's work is the product of a man who had several disagreements with the society in which he lived in and chose to satirze it through his work.

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