Victorian Society In The Importance Of Being Earnest

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To what extent is the importance of being Earnest an attack on Victorian society or a vehicle to showcase Wildes literacy prowess? Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ is a beautifully constructed depiction of nineteenth century Victorian life. The quirky and often irreverent situations presented were often witty and amusing but in many instances revealed a biting critique of traditional expectations and behaviour. Wilde arguably would have used the play to showcase his literary prowess and it is to what extent that Wilde used the play as a platform or used the play to expose hypocritical values that would be questioned by both contemporary and modern audiences. Wilde presents marriage as a state that is accepted in its superficiality. Lady Bracknell states’ ‘when you do become engaged to someone, I, or your father… will inform you of the fact’’. This statement exemplifies the typecast of a firm Victorian women reinforcing the idea that marriage was a business arrangement,; marriages were understood to be a useful financial and social ‘alliance’ instead of a joint enterprise of love and commitment. Lady Bracknell attempts to impose these illogical concepts from her own generation which are based on traditions and conventions. Wilde conveys this idea of ridiculing…show more content…
However, Wilde’s life can be interpreted/reflected in Algernon, who has shown a love for aestheticism and flamboyancy of living life to the fullest, which Wilde did.Althogh some people think that it is Wildes scornful distaste for Victorian society is the driving force for his comedic success in this play, hence, I would say it is his craft that makes this play successful, as shown in The picture of Dorian Gray and
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