The Importance Of Being Earnest Literary Analysis

analytical Essay
1498 words
1498 words

The title is “The Importance of Being Earnest” and it had multiple meanings. The first meaning is the irony between earnest and the name Earnest. The meaning of earnest is honesty, which causes irony because the is opposite of what Earnest demonstrates in the play. In addition, Earnest was not honest about his identity in the play and was living a double life. The second meaning is the importance of being honest, which he realized when he discovered his name is actually Earnest.
II. Oscar Wilde was born October 16, 1854. His death was taking place in Paris in the year 1900. In addition, he married Constance Lloyd in 1884. Wilde attender Trinity College, Dublin, and Magdalen College for his education. Wilde happens to believe is aestheticism, which supported the arts beauty. After college, Wilde moved to London and continue his writing career. In the 1880s he wrote reviews, edited magazines, and published a volume of poetry as well as children stories. He had many great works, which includes “The Importance of Being Earnest”, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, “Lady Windermere’s Fan”, “A Woman of No Importance”, and “An Ideal Husband”.
III. The main character is Jack, which …show more content…

The theme of the play is the issues within the Victorian society, which mainly focuses on the topic of marriage. This is demonstrated when Jack asked Gwendolen for marriage. Lady Bracknell responded by asking him about his social standing instead of asking do he really love Gwendolen or not. This proves that social rank is more important than people true feelings towards someone. Wilde uses irony to bring out his opinion on the social class issue. In addition, he symbolism to show the differences between the two social classes. Brigitte Bastiat believes that “Therefore Oscar Wilde rebels against the artificial and hypocritical social codes of his class and suggests that anybody can pass for an aristocrat with a bit of practice” (Bastiat), which tells how rank is more important than

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the title, "the importance of being earnest," had multiple meanings, including irony, honesty, and the importance of being honest.
  • Explains that ii.oscar wilde was born october 16, 1854, and married constance lloyd in 1884. he believed in aestheticism, which supported the arts beauty.
  • Analyzes how the main character is jack, which is also earnest. he was born an orphan and adopted by thomas cardew.
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