The Victorian era, characterized by a transition in the population’s way of perceiving traditional social conventions. As in Oscar Wilde’s works, the different generations of the English population are divided by their way of perceiving the world in which they live. In Wilde’s comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, the author denunciates the hypocrisy of the Victorian Era’s upper class. The famous writer uses moral paradoxes, his characters’ double-lives and their unconcern for truthfulness to satirize the upper class’ disingenuousness through his work. Wilde first uses moral paradoxes in his work to critique the second estate’s pious nature.
The Importance of Being Earnest by famous literary provocateur Oscar Wilde was written during the Victorian era. The statement that “A text reflects the dominant ideologies of the time in which it was written” in reference to The Importance of Being Earnest is completely untrue. The play explores the inner workings of the Victorian upper class and challenges the attitudes and ideologies which society at the time was based. In particular Wilde criticised the certain social and financial expectations to marry in an upper-class or aristocratic society. Wilde also portrays women to have greater social and moral responsibility and power than men contrary to the ideology that “a woman was inferior to a man” and thus should be powerless.
During the Victorian Era, people were living under Queen Victoria’s monarch. During her reign, “Queen Victoria, conveyed connotations of "prudish, "repressed," and "old fashioned" (Roth). Wilde used the Victorian ideals to ridicule the upper-class by using satire in his play. The upper-class would have been the ones in the audience watching the play and they should have realized his use of satire to mock their attitudes and pretentious values. Oscar Wilde satirizes marriage, honesty, and sexuality throughout the play that the upper-class would be attending.
The men in this play are also guilty of the manipulative desires for marriage. Oscar Wilde’s work is an aggression on Victorian Society because marriage was used as a social convenience. Oscar Wilde gives foreshadowing in the beginning of the play of what he has in mind about marriage. “Good Heavens! Is marriage so demoralizing as that?” (Wilde 1762) This essay will be proving the critique of marriage being used as a social tool.
In 1867, Yeats’s family moved to London where he spent much of his childhood with his grandparents in Sligo. This country inspired many of Yeats’s poems and forms their setting. In 1880, Yeats and his family moved back to their hometown where he attended high school. In 1883, he attended the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin, where he met other poets and artists. In the meantime, Yeats had begun to write by starting off with his first publication of two brief lyrics that appeared in the Dublin University Review in... ... middle of paper ... ... carefree about love.
As a youngster, Wilde was exposed to the brilliant literary talk of the day at his mother's Dublin salon. In 1864 Wilde entered the Portora Royal School at Enniskillen, and in 1871 entered Trinity College in Dublin. In 1874 he left Ireland and went to England to attend Magdalen College at Oxford. As a student there, he excelled in classics, wrote poetry, and incorporated the Bohemian life style of his youth into a unique way of life. He came under the influence of aesthetic innovators such as English writers Walter Pater and John Ruskin.
He notably attended Porotra Royal School in Enniskillen, Trinity College in Dublin and Magdalen College in Oxford during his early education. During this time his poetic notoriety began to grow; in 1879, his first collection of poetry was published. After several years of touring countries and playwriting he married Constance Lloyd, with whom he had two sons. In order to advance his reputation, Wilde cultivated his own “aesthetic code of life”, stating that “a man who does not think for himself does not think at all.” (EPG Bio).He dressed in a way that did not fit domestic sensibilities and in doing so, attracted both detractors and admirers. His literary work followed this pattern.
(nobelprize.org) An Irish Foresees his Airmen is a short poem that was written to commemorate Robert Gregory, the son of Yeats Patron, Lady (Poetry for students). This poem was first published in the collection of The Wild Swans at Coole. Yeats wrote two other poems about Robert Gregory, which are also included in The Wild Swans at Coole. The poem an Irish Airmen Foresees his Death is a poem written in the modernistic style, and displays it ... ... middle of paper ... ...n though William Butler Yeats had a great impact on Modernism, especially during his time, he still wrote in the Victorian style. Therefore, William Butler Yeats was a great poet, who greatly influenced the style of writing during his time, and the Modernistic style of writing after him.
Austen creates various challenges where the lovers have to overcome before they can find love and get their happily ever after. The people and events are used to depict the prejudicial, ignorant and proud nature of society, which is portrayed as being inhibitors to happiness. Austen depicts pride and prejudice and their consequences in the plot and the use of satire and it contends that she appears to covertly propose a society where people are judged on their own merit rather than their social standing. Pride and prejudice prevents people from seeing the best in others and causes them to pass uniformed judgements, which can result in misunderstanding and breakdown of social relationships. During the first Ball, Mr Darcy struck a nerve with Elizabeth and the community when she refused to dance with her or any other woman, the general consensus was that he was a snob and this made people take to disliking him from the beginning.
Cecily’s Diary of Reality in The Importance of Being Earnest In The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde uses wit to undermine the societal expectations of women. Set in England during the late 19th century, the play shows the shallow and trivial attitude of the upper-class Victorian society. This status-driven society favors men, creating a dissatisfying life for women. The male characters, particularly Algernon Moncreiff, uses wit to show superiority over women. Yet, Cecily Cardew’s wit and cleverness best Algernon at his own game.