The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

analytical Essay
1979 words
1979 words

The Importance Of Being Earnest. One of the Oscar Wilde’s most loved, well known and successful play ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’ was written during the summer of 1894 at Worthing, England. It was first performed on 14 February 1895 at the St James’s theatre, London. Jack Worthing, the play’s main character was found and adopted by a wealthy man, Thomas Cardew in a handbag at a railway line where he was accidentally abandoned as a baby. All the respect that has been given to him as acknowledged upper-class Victorian is only because of his adopted father’s wealth. As the protagonist of the play he is expected to be an earnest man to do justice to the title of the play, but it turned out to be that he is nowhere close to that. Wilde has used Jack’s character more to an instrument to represent a set of ideas or attitudes. Jack’s relatives and neighbors believe him to be a well-mannered, productive member of a polite who have a set of rules of behavior. Are they right to believe so? We’ll go to that in a short while. It can be seen clearly that Jack is a little bossy. He acts like an older brother to Algernon, even before he knows he is one. As Cecily’s Guardian, he sets down rules, even in guiding her studies, as we can see in the tutorial scene with Ms. Prism. He also very good in advising, one piece after another: “one shouldn’t read a private cigarette case, shouldn’t discuss modern culture, shouldn’t talk like a dentist.” Despite the high moral character that Jack has made up for the society, he has been living a lie. Jack’s real motive of coming to city is explained clearly in his very first line in the play: Although Jack appears to be stuffy and serious at firs... ... middle of paper ... ...ble life that has been led by Jack and Algernon is one of the leading symbols in the play. It is the central metaphor in the play. Both Jack and Algernon’s fake personas are their way of escaping from the burdensome responsibility of the society. They also helps them to appear far more moral and responsible than they can ever be. I feel that this play is very funny and it has its own hidden message. All the epigrams in this play are the best of Wilde’s to date. What is the message that we can learn from the play? All of us are living a lie to some extent. We need to recognise the ridiculous in our daily lives and need to understand that to earnest is not what others declare to be, but it is to be true to your very own self. Rather than blindly believes and follows, we need to sit down and think what is important and truthful first, then only we can be earnest.

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  • Analyzes how oscar wilde's "the importance of being earnest" was written during the summer of 1894 at worthing, england, and first performed on 14 february 1895 at the st james’s theatre, london.
  • Analyzes how jack's relatives and neighbors believe him to be well-mannered, productive member of a polite. he acts like an older brother to algernon.
  • Analyzes how jack creates a fake and imaginary persona to avoid the burdens of his social responsibility. his love for gwendolen fairfax, the daughter of lady bracknell, is pure and sincere.
  • Analyzes how algernon (algy) moncrieff, jack's best friend, is younger, flip-pant, irrelevant, and playful in nature. he exemplifies acumen, ridicules the world around him and the society in it.
  • Analyzes how algy represents wilde's cleverness and position in the esthetic culture of the 1890s.
  • Explains that oscar used two different locations as the setting for this play, which are the luxurious london and the unblemished countryside estate, hertfordshire in the late 19th century of the victorian era.
  • Analyzes how wilde has made both the country and the city setting as a waggish and frolicsome.
  • Explains that unlike most plays, this play does not have a narrator from whose eyes and voice we learn the story. the characters speak in the first-person.
  • Analyzes how algernon moncrieff is visited by his best friend, ernest worthing, who explains the purpose of his visit to algy’s cousin, gwendolen.
  • Explains how jack aka ‘ernest’ was forced into admitting his double-role act. this was his explanation for creating a fake younger brother called ‘ ernest’.
  • Analyzes how algernon reveals about a fake persona, his friend ‘bunbury’, that he created to escape from the dull gathering and social responsibility.
  • Analyzes how lady bracknell enters the room to find about both of them. she asks jack if he could be considered as a life partner for her daughter.
  • Analyzes how gwendolen disapproves further contact between them and tells him that they can never get to be together as he don't know about his biological parents or their level/status.
  • Analyzes how act 2 takes place at jack's country house in woolton, hertfordshire. cecily is found studying german language as scheduled by her uncle, jack with her governess, miss prism.
  • Analyzes how jack has setup a plan to kill his irresponsible younger brother ‘ernest’ because that is how much he's willing to marry gwendolen.
  • Analyzes how jack and algy calmed them down and explained the truth. they were engaged to nobody, since there was no ernest. the men told them that they only wanted to meet the lady of their interest.
  • Analyzes how lady bracknell arrives at the manor house and sees algernon holding cecily's hand, which she disapproves in the first. jack refuses to give his consent for their marriage.
  • Analyzes how lady bracknell recognizes miss prism as a family nursemaid twenty-eight years ago. she recklessly put the baby boy in the hand bag and the manuscript of her novel.
  • Analyzes how wilde uses comical tone most of the time in the play, with puns and epigrams used to show satirical situations. he never wastes his opportunity to critic the victorian society.
  • Analyzes how the play's style of writing is as funny and witty as oscar wilde. some dialogues can be literally taken out and used in our lives.
  • Analyzes wilde's use of the main character to tell the world things that would come out of his own mouth. the advices and comments that jack and algernon give in the play are examples of their thought.
  • Analyzes how dramatic irony is one of the important essences of john and algernon's play, which is the double life jack has been living all the while to stupefy his friends.
  • Analyzes how jack and algernon have been trying to marry the love of their love beyond all the obstacles they faced. marriages are made in heaven, but this was not the case during the victorian era.
  • Analyzes how marriage was more to maintaining and improving the social status. it was measured by the amount of wealth rather than the deep of love.
  • Analyzes how jack and algernon's fake personas are their way of escaping from the burdensome responsibility of the society.
  • Opines that wilde's play is funny and has its own hidden message. all of us are living a lie to some extent.
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