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Earnest J. Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying

- Earnest J. Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines is set in a plantation community in rural Louisiana. The two main characters in the novel, Grant and Jefferson, are engaged in a struggle to achieve self-respect in society, which allots them none. The story takes place at the end of the 1940s, a time when Louisiana and many other southern states were practicing segregation. The second college edition of the American Heritage Dictionary defines segregation as, “…The policy and practice of imposing the social separation of races, as in schools, housing, and industry…” (1111)....   [tags: Gaines Lesson Before Dying Essays]

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The Importance Of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde

- Despite the comedy in the ways in which women in the play are presented, Oscar Wilde forces even a modern audience to attend deeply to serious matters. To what extent is this the case in “The Importance of Being Earnest”. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde is a comedy of manners in which the vast majority of the humor derives from Wilde’s portrayal of the female characters. The play is not meant to be serious, or to carry any particular moral message, as Wilde himself acknowledges in the plays subtitle that it is merely a "trivial comedy for serious people"....   [tags: Comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest]

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The Importance Of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde

- Throughout The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde plays around with the standard expectations along with the absence of compassion of a Victorian society in the 1890’s, he demonstrates this through several genres of comedy such as Melodrama, Comedy of Manners, Farce, dark humour and Irony, as well as portraying the themes, death and illness, in this play in a brilliance of unusual amount of references. Death is an unstoppable event that occurs in every individual’s life, and yet it is a very taboo topic as people rarely broach the subject because it causes incredible distress; it is certainly not a comical topic of conversation and one that is very seldom and rarely congratulated....   [tags: Comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest]

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The Importance Of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde

- Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ can be perceived as either a seemingly satirical piece aimed at the upper class society of the 1890s with a darker nature underneath or as a play “which imitates nothing, represents nothing” and “is nothing.” (William Archer). However, I believe it is the former – a belief fuelled by the comedic features used in the interview scene between Lady Bracknell and Jack Worthing. Wilde convinces the audience to believing that there is something empowering and different about Lady Bracknell as she interviews Jack as opposed to her husband, demonstrating that women in her generation are in charge despite the ‘separate spheres’ debate....   [tags: Comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest]

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Not Being Earnest in The Importance of Being Earnest

- Not Being Earnest in The Importance of Being Earnest While some critics contend that The Importance of Being Earnest is completely fanciful and has no relation to the real world, others maintain that Oscar Wilde's "trivial comedy for serious people" does make significant comments about social class and the institution of marriage. These observations include the prevalent utilization of deceit in everyday affairs. Indeed the characters and plot of the play appear to be entirely irreverent, thus lending weight to the comedic, fanciful aspect....   [tags: The Importance of Being Earnest]

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The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde

- In The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde revealed that animalistic traits can tint a character’s intellectual attributes. All of the characters possess an overwhelming desire which seems to diminish their morality. Wilde uses Jack Worthing’s animalistic behaviors to reveal that his animal self is damaging his intellectual self. The play is presented to show that the characters retain an exaggerated pleasure with food, which shows their pleasures in inanimate objects. Every character in the play is drawn into lustful relationships, thus mutilating their psychological self....   [tags: the importance of being earnest, oscar wilde]

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The Importance Of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde

- The Importance of Being Earnest, written by Oscar Wilde, pokes fun at the Victorian earnestness with sarcasm. The first piece of wit shown by Mr. Wilde is in the subtitle when he writes, “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.” He continues to make general quips and witty remarks throughout the play, all the while prodding at the Victorian people. Mr. Wilde’s purpose of writing this play is to show how strict society is, how superficial everyone is in society, and how certain individuals do not agree with their society....   [tags: Victorian era, The Importance of Being Earnest]

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Comic Devices in The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde

- The Importance of Being Earnest is a comedy of manners that is used to parody social aspects of a Victorian society. Wilde does this by incorporating farcical elements that would appear ludicrous to an audience and satirises Victorian social norms and values. Wilde also subverts the ideals of marriage by undermining the concept as a whole and at the same time he inverts traditional gender roles and class in society. Wilde has included serious and controversial subjects such as the influence of religion which implies Wilde’s comedy is not a game but a serious criticism of Victorian society....   [tags: The Importance of Being Earnest]

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The Importance Of Being Earnest Driven By The Idea Of Serious Triviality

- To what extent is The Importance of Being Earnest driven by the idea of Serious Triviality. Oscar Wilde stated, in relation to his play The Importance of Being Earnest that “We should treat all the trivial things of life seriously, and all the serious things of life with sincere and studied triviality.” This reflects the ideas behind the play and the way that Wilde presents his characters, and their actions throughout the course of the play. This philosophy influenced many important themes throughout the play, most notably the presentation of class, as well as Satire and Comic Pairings....   [tags: The Importance of Being Earnest, Sociology]

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The Dichotomy of Honesty in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

- Oscar Wilde's, "The Importance of Being Earnest" revolves around the dichotomy of the true definition of honesty versus the victorian definition of honesty. It is apparent that Wilde's opinion is that true honesty is expressed through being genuine to one's self as opposed to putting on a front as is important in victorian ideals. In this work, Wilde uses humor to off-set the seriousness of the theme of the story. One who has studied this work can also clearly see that Wilde is using sarcasm to say things that would not have been accepted by society if they were said bluntly....   [tags: The Importance of Being Earnest]

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The Importance Of Being Ernest And Insignificance Of Being Earnest

- The Importance of Being Ernest and Insignificance of Being Earnest According to two female characters in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Ernest is a name that is typically desirable for a husband and represents high social status and wealth. Earnest, on the contrary, according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, means to be “serious, sincere”, or, in other words, honest (“Earnest”). Within the irony of the title of Wilde’s play itself, the hypocrisy of the high social class of the Victorian era is revealed....   [tags: Victorian era, The Importance of Being Earnest]

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The Importance Of Being Earnest An Attack On Victorian Society

- 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....   [tags: Victorian era, The Importance of Being Earnest]

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A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

- A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines Critique Ernest J. Gaines was born in 1933 on a Louisiana plantation in the midst of the Great Depression. As a young boy of 9, he began his work in the fields. He spent his childhood digging potatoes, and for a days labor was rewarded with 50 cents. He was raised during this time by his aunt, Augusteen Jefferson, who showed Gaines a determination most of us could only dream of, as she cared for her family with no legs to support her. At age 15, after moving to Vallejo, California with his parents, Gaines discovered the joy of the public library....   [tags: Literature Critique Gaines]

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A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

- A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines This book shows us that, even in the face of hopelessness, there is indeed hope, and there is a need to move forward. There is nothing that can change what the outcome will be in the end. However, in light of this, a person is left with two options. Either they could deny and fight it the entire way, or accept it, learn from it, and move forward. This paper will show you,, when given this situation, what the outcome will be when one choices to accept it and move on....   [tags: Gaines Lesson Before Dying]

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Satire in “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde

- A satire is a piece of work that is designed to ridicule or tease a group or organization, generally for the purpose of being humorous. “The Importance of Being Earnest,” a play by Oscar Wilde, is a satire, ridiculing class, gender, and marriage. This essay will describe some points from each of these sections, as well as give a brief synopsis of the play these examples come from. The Importance of being Earnest includes three acts, with seven major characters. In act one, we start with a conversation between Jack (a notable bachelor) and Algernon (an in debt bachelor, with a laid back temperament), in which we learn both have made up 'friends,' who are often sick, as to escape from whereve...   [tags: Satire, Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde, ]

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Critical Analysis of the Story The Sky is Gray by Ernest Gaines

- Critical Analysis of the Story The Sky is Gray by Ernest Gaines The title of the story “The Sky is Gray” by Ernest Gaines is ironic. It suggests at first the bleak mood of the story but also hints at hope in the future. Just as the clouds clear after a storm, James finds out on his trip to Bayonne that the stormy clouds that are his life are parting to let some sunshine through. Throughout the whole story, a very bleak mood is portrayed. The setting contributes to this gloominess. For example, the weather is awful....   [tags: The Sky is Gray Ernest Gaines Essays]

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Irony Of Being Earnest And William Shakespeare 's As You Like It

- Depending on how the reader and author see it, humour can be interpreted in multiple ways. In both Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, different aspects of irony are implemented to create an entertaining story line. The use of dramatic irony portrays the characters in an irrational and humorous light, through the verbal exchanges among those with alter egos; foolish actions originating from adverse situations; and the implications of dramatic irony in love....   [tags: Comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, Marriage]

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Black Leadership, Politics, and Culture in Uplifting the Race by Kevin Gaines

- Black Leadership, Politics, and Culture in Uplifting the Race by Kevin Gaines Uplifting the Race is a rather confusing yet stimulating study that goes over the rising idea and interests in the evolution of "racial uplift" ideology from the turn and through the twentieth century. In the first part of the book, Gaines analyzes the black elite obsession with racial uplift ideology and the tensions it produced among black intellectuals. Gaines argues for the most part that during the nineteenth-century racial uplift ideology was part of a "liberation theology" as stated by Gaines, which stressed a group struggle for freedom and social advancement....   [tags: Kevin Gaines Uplifting Race]

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Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest

- Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde is a legendary author who has composed many great plays including The Green Carnation and A Woman of No Importance, however, The Importance of Being Earnest was undoubtedly the most famous of his works. First published in 1930, yet acknowledged since the late 1800s, The Importance of Being Earnest helped to revive the theater tradition of Congreve and Sheridan. The story is a comedic view of romance and the emphasis we place on seemingly trivial articles, such as a name....   [tags: Oscar Wilde Earnest Essays]

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Absurdity and Satire in The Importance of Being Earnest

- Absurdity and Satire in The Importance of Being Earnest In Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, much is made of societal expectations, protocols, as well as the inversions of these expectations. A character, Jack Worthing, adopts an alter ego when going into town to avoid keeping up with the serious and morally upright behaviour that is expected of him as guardian to his eighteen-year-old ward, Cecily. Another character, Algernon Moncrieff, makes up an invalid friend Bunbury whose grave health conditions provide him with the excuse to escape to the country as and when he pleases....   [tags: Importance of Being Earnest]

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A Lesson before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

- A Lesson before Dying, one of Ernest J. Gaines later works, was written in 1993. Some of his earlier works include A Gathering of Old Men and In My Father’s House. The novel covers a time period when blacks were still treated unfairly and looked down upon. Jefferson, a main character, has been wrongly accused of a crime and awaits his execution in jail. Grant, the story’s main protagonist must find it within himself to help Jefferson see that he is a man, which will allow him to walk bravely to his fate that lies in the execution chair....   [tags: A Lesson before Dying Ernest J. Gaines Essays]

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Mr. Wiggins in A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines

- Mr. Wiggins in A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines      In A Lesson Before Dying, Mr. Grant Wiggins' life crises were the center of the story. Although he was supposed to make Jefferson into a man, he himself became more of one as a result. Not to say that Jefferson was not in any way transformed from the "hog" he was into an actual man, but I believe this story was really written about Mr. Wiggins.       Mr. Wiggins improved as a person greatly in this book, and that helped his relationships with other people for the most part....   [tags: Lesson Before Dying Ernest Gaines Essays]

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Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

- Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest" In the closing lines of the first act of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," Algernon remarks, "I love scrapes. They are the only things that are never serious," to which Jack responds, "Oh, that's nonsense Algy. You never talk about anything but nonsense." Algernon caps off this exchange with a proclamation of the purpose of the whole work: "Nobody ever does" (1642). Wilde never allows anything in the work to conclude on a serious note....   [tags: Oscar Wilde Importance Earnest Essays]

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Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest

- Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest Setting: Begins in a flat in London then proceeds to a manor house in the countryside in the late 1800's. Plot: Two men, John Jack Earnest Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, use the deception [a Bunbury] that both their names were Ernest, in order to secure marriage to the women they love, Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. Then there is the ultimate unraveling of their lies, which still ends in their impending nuptials.Cast of Key CharactersJohn Jack Ernest Worthing"Bon-vivant" [Jack to Algernon 2] Algernon is asking Jack what brought him to town....   [tags: Importance Being Earnest Wilde Essays]

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Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

- Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest Webster’s dictionary defines earnest as “characterized by or proceeding from an intense and serious state of mind.” This definition is subject to total upheaval by Oscar Wilde in The Importance of Being Earnest. The title suggests a treatise on the value of solemnity in everyday life. However, Wilde presents us with an ironic play that leaves us with the opposite lesson. None of the characters benefit from propriety. The least serious characters, Algernon and Jack are rewarded in the end for their frivolous behavior throughout the play, implying that there is very little, if any, importance to being earnest, excepting that you give the appearan...   [tags: Oscar Wilde Importance Being Earnest Essays]

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The Double Life in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

- The Double Life in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest appears to be a conventional 19th century farce. False identities, prohibited engagements, domineering mothers, lost children are typical of almost every farce. However, this is only on the surface in Wilde's play. His parody works at two levels- on the one hand he ridicules the manners of the high society and on the other he satirises the human condition in general. The characters in The Importance of Being Earnest assume false identities in order to achieve their goals but do not interfere with the others' lives....   [tags: Oscar Wilde Being Earnest Essays]

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Satire in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

- Satire in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest is a comedy of manners, whereby Oscar Wilde uses satire to ridicule marriage, love and the mentality of the Victorian aristocratic society. It can also be referred to as a satiric comedy. What is a satire and what is Oscar Wilde trying to emphasize by employing it in his play. A satiric comedy ridicules political policies or attacks deviations from social order by making ridiculous, the violators of its standards of morals or manners....   [tags: The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde]

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Wilde's Importance of Being Earnest and Weschler's Boggs

- Wilde's "Importance of Being Earnest" and Weschler's "Boggs" At first glance, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and Lawrence Weschler’s Boggs: A Comedy of Values treat the issue of art’s function in converse ways. Wilde, the quintessential Aesthete, asserts that art should exist for the sake of beauty alone. Boggs, on the other hand, contends that art should serve a practical function: it should wake individuals from their sleepwalking by highlighting essential, overlooked aspects of society....   [tags: Wilde Weschler Boggs Being Earnest Essays]

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Gender In A Doll’s House And The Importance Of Being Earnest

- Gender In ‘A Doll’s House’ And ‘The Importance Of Being Earnest’ A Doll’s House and The Importance of Being Earnest were both written in the late nineteenth century at a period in time when gender roles in society were not only significant to the structure of society but were restrictive and oppressive to individuals. This was particularly true in the case of women who were seen as the upholders of morals in polite society and were expected to behave accordingly. A Doll’s House and The Importance of Being Earnest challenge society and its inclination to categorise and expect certain behaviour of individuals based on their gender....   [tags: Gender Doll House Earnest Essays Ibsen Wilde]

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Maxims and Masks: The Epigram in The Importance of Being Earnest

- Maxims and Masks: The Epigram in "The Importance of Being Earnest" Oscar Wilde frames "The Importance of Being Earnest" around the paradoxical epigram, a skewering metaphor for the play's central theme of division of truth and identity that hints at a homosexual subtext. Other targets of Wilde's absurd yet grounded wit are the social conventions of his stuffy Victorian society, which are exposed as a "shallow mask of manners" (1655). Aided by clever wordplay, frantic misunderstanding, and dissonance of knowledge between the characters and the audience, devices that are now staples of contemporary theater and situation comedy, "Earnest" suggests that, especially in "civilized" society,...   [tags: Oscar Wilde Importance Being Earnest Papers]

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General Structure of Comedy and the Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

- General Structure of Comedy and the Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde GeneralStructure of Comedy: * Things start out badly and end well * The deeper aim is broadly social: the kingdom or other city space is at first badly ruled or in turmoil for some reason--perhaps the values and institutions of the citizens and/or rulers are in need of some re-examination. * Next, the main characters leave (willingly or otherwise) the city setting and wind up in the countryside, in a pastoral setting....   [tags: Oscar Wilde Earnest Comedy Essays]

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Matriarchal Figures in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and Persuasion by Jane Austen

- Matriarchal Figures in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and Persuasion by Jane Austen ‘A dominant female member of the family’[1] is often described as a matriarch. Lady Bracknell in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ and Lady Russell in ‘Persuasion’ fulfill this role therefore can be described as matriarchs, and as such they play vital roles. They affect the lives of Gwendolen and Anne, by imposing their beliefs on them. Although Lady Russell is not related to any of the characters in ‘Persuasion’, after Anne’s mother died Lady Russell took on the role of her mother....   [tags: Wilde Persuasion Austen Earnest Essays]

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Earnest Hemingway

- Earnest Hemingway was well known as a strong writer, but what many readers of his do not know about is the inspiration he gained throughout his life and experiences that made him a very prolific writer. There are events in his life from childhood to adulthood that helped accustom to his very unique style of writing. Hemingway was a different kind of writer than others; he often used reoccurring words of specific diction in order to create an effect on the reader. Every single one of his books were based off of something, as Hemingway was not the type of writer who sat in a log cabin writing all day....   [tags: Biography]

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Timeless Message of Equality in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

- Timeless Message of Equality in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest   Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest satirizes Victorian society.  The witty epigrams of his characters provide light comedy masking the underlying theme of criticism of the Victorian way of life.  Wilde's effective use of humour diffuses the tense theme of his work.  In a Victorian society that emphasized progress, it was precarious for artists like Oscar Wilde to express an imperfect interpretation of life in nineteenth-century England.  Wilde's attack on the ethics of his era is an attempt to fulfill the author's prophecy that art has the power to dictate life, not merely imitate it (614-615).  At...   [tags: Importance Being Earnest Oscar Wilde Essays]

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The Sky Is Gray By Ernest Gaines

- “The Sky Is Gray” by Ernest Gaines gives insight and perspective into the life of a lower class, black boy in the 1930’s. The story can be analyzed through many different types of criticism. Some forms of criticism, such has new historicism, are obvious within the work while others, such a feminist approach, may be inclusive yet subtle. When considering the Marxist criticism, “The Sky Is Gray” demonstrates the role of economic power played in race, religion, and social status in the early twentieth century of Louisiana....   [tags: Sociology, Marxism, Social class, Karl Marx]

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Jest and Earnest in Chaucer's Work

- Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London around 1342, though the details are vague at best, and lived until 1400. Little is known of his early education, but his works show that he could read French, Latin, and Italian, and as such was clearly very well educated, and it is also known that he spent much of his life close to the centres of English power because the first reports of Chaucer come from 1357 as a page in the household of Prince Lionel before he went to serve for Edward III in France, where he was captured and ransomed....   [tags: European Literature]

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Effects of War in "In Another Country" by Earnest Hemingway

- The short story “In Another Country” by Earnest Hemingway is a story about the negative effects of war. The story follows an unnamed American officer and his dealings with three other officers, all of whom are wounded in World War I and are recuperating in Milan, Italy. In war, much can be gained such as freedom and peace, however war also causes a plethora of negative consequences. Cultural alienation, loss of physical and emotional identity, and the irony of war technology and uncertainty of life are all serious consequences of war that are clearly shown by Hemingway....   [tags: Culture, Alienation]

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A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest Gaines

- “I never found myself needing that piece of paper,” is a remark actor Johnny Depp made back in 2010 about his relationship with longtime partner Vanessa Paradis. Depp and Paradis have been in a relationship since 1998 and have two children together, Lily Rose and Jack. Another member of Hollywood’s elite, Latin singer Shakira, shares a similar view saying that marriage is like a contract, and that is unromantic. However, celebrities living like Shakira and Depp are also committing fornication and already view themselves as being married; the marriage is just not official....   [tags: Premarital Sex, Consequences]

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What makes Ernest Gaines Unique?

- What makes Ernest Gaines Unique. Every good author has certain characteristics about their writing that makes them unique and special. Ernest Gaines, the writer of A Lesson before Dying, is no exception. His writing is the prime example of an author using certain techniques to make his writing stand out above all others. Ernest Gaines has been noticed for the absence of melodrama, the avoidance of the propagandistic, and the broad and generous humanity brought on by the words of his works. First off, when Gaines work is criticized for a lack of melodrama what it means is that, Gaines doesn’t use heightened emotion to portray that feeling in a scene....   [tags: Literature Analysis]

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A Lesson While Living by Ernest Gaines

- A Lesson While Living In a society where hardships occur daily, it is vital to have something to hold on to as an anchor. This reliance or commitment is in the form of friends, family, or even tangible possessions; however, humans sometimes have to fulfill deeds for others instead of continually thinking of themselves. Given these obligations, there results both a need and a desire to complete certain tasks for other individuals, for a community, or even for a higher power. In his novel, A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest Gaines quite successfully portrays the theme of the importance of obligation and commitment through presenting an effective setting and community, constructing strong relation...   [tags: Literary Analysis, Life, Hardships Success]

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The Importance of Being Earnest

- It has been said that ‘Comedy, beginning in turmoil but ending in harmony, celebrates life.’ and this is the general idea with ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ Wilde proves that this comedy of manners does conform to this model. As Lady Bracknell tries to prolong the resolution and tries to prevent the marriage between Jack and Gwendolyn, she can be seen as a ‘gorgon’ because she refuses to let Gwendolyn marry Jack. Despite this, She may be seen as a heroine because she is a strong, commanding woman who isn’t passive like traditional Victorian women as she makes decisions which indicates that she has power within the play....   [tags: oscar wilde, comedy, being ernest]

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The Importance of Being Earnest

- Archer once said, “What can a poor critic do with a play which raises no principle, whether of art or morals, creates its own canons and conventions, and is nothing but an absolutely willful expression of an irrepressibly witty personality?” These words by archer help to reveal what Wilde intended to show in this play. Wilde in response to his play said, "we should treat all the trivial things of life seriously, and all the serious and studied things of life with sincere and studied triviality (2).” Despite the depiction of humor, the play is one of the best plays of the 19th century compared to other British plays....   [tags: Theatre]

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The Importance of Being Earnest

- Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is a timeless comedy of manners in which two young, light-hearted men, pretend their names are ‘Ernest’ in a bid to impress their love interests, who both believe the name Ernest bestows magical qualities on the possessor. Throughout the play, Wilde uses a mix of social drama, melodrama and farce to appeal to the audience. Through his gentle use of parody Wilde is able to ridicule his contemporaries and attack the values and attitudes of Victorian society, such as; wealth, hierarchy, respectability, morality and self- interest....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Importance of Being Earnest

- AThe Importance of Being Earnest a play written by Oscar Wilde is set in England in the late Victorian era. Wilde uses obvious situational and dramatic irony within the play to satirize his time period. According to Roger Sale in Being Ernest the title has a double meaning to it and is certainly another example of satire used by Wilde. With a comedic approach, Wilde ridicules the absurdities of the character’s courtship rituals, their false faces, and their secrets. (Sale, 478) In the Victorian era, courtship rituals were slightly different from modern time courtships....   [tags: Plays]

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How Important is Being Earnest?

- Oscar Wilde is the author of the comedic play, The Importance of Being Earnest, which is a drama about two people who hold double lives trying to be the same person. While Wilde intended for his play to have people filling the theatre with laughter he conveys a deeper meaning. By looking closely at the characters in the play readers can see everyone is very selfish or egocentric. All the events that occur between the characters happen because they are only thinking about themselves. The lives of all the characters mingle together all due to this one character named Ernest who is first created by the character, Jack, for personal benefit....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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A Lesson Before Dying By Ernest J. Gaines

- Ernest J. Gaines once said, “We all know- at least intellectually- that we are going to die. The difference is being told, “Okay, it’s tomorrow at 10 a.m.” How do you react to that. How do you face it. That, it seems, to me, is the ultimate test of life.” Throughout literature, a common pattern of allusion directly relating back to Jesus Christ, his death, and the Bible is found. One such novel, A Lesson Before Dying written by Ernest J. Gaines, follows the story of a poor, black working man and his journey of self- significance and realization in a series of Jesus Christ symbolism....   [tags: Jesus, Christ, Novel, Religion]

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The Civil Rights Movement, By Ernest J. Gaines

- Ernest J. Gaines stated, “That 's man 's way. To prove something. Day in, day out he must prove he is a man...” Gaines states this quote from his novel The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, which he publishes in 1971 just a few years after the ending of The Civil Rights Movement. The Civil Rights Movement, also known as “The African American Civil Rights Movement”, was a battle started between the society and the African-American race for racial equality, acceptance, and respect as it was given to the Whites....   [tags: Black people, African American, Race]

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An Analysis Of ' Macbeth ' And Oscar Wilde 's ' The Importance Of Being Earnest '

- In Shakespeare 's "Macbeth" and Oscar Wilde 's "The Importance of Being Earnest", the women in the two plays do not fit the cookie cutter roles of normal women in their era 's societies. While both plots are focused on the men in the play, the women 's roles shape everything the men do. This makes their parts essential. The witches and Lady Macbeth in "Macbeth" and Gwendolyn and Cecily in "The Importance of Being Earnest" all step out of their normal "housewife" role to create strong influences on the male characters in the plays....   [tags: Victorian era, Victoria of the United Kingdom]

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A Gathering Of Old Men By Ernest J. Gaines

- he theme of racism in A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines stem from the issue of racism that was prevalent in the southern state of Louisiana during the 1970s. Gaines shows the rift between races in attaining positions of superiority; the impact of racism is explicitly delineated in this prosaic work. Its effects on the African American elders and the proposition for the interrelationship between Blacks and Whites are points noted in the novel. It is worthy of note that though the plot was meant to be one in the 1970s, characters ' positions bore striking resemblances to those in the enslavement era....   [tags: African American, Black people, White people]

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Dignity and Sacrifice Depicted in Gaines' A Lesson Before Dying

- In Ernest J. Gaines novel A Lesson Before Dying, a young African-American man named Jefferson is caught in the middle of a liquor shootout, and, as the only survivor, is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. During Jefferson’s trial, the defense attorney had called him an uneducated hog as an effort to have him released, but the jury ignored this and sentenced him to death by electrocution anyways. Appalled by this, Jefferson’s godmother, Miss Emma, asks the sheriff if visitations by her and the local school teacher, Grant Wiggins, would be possible to help Jefferson become a man before he dies....   [tags: A Lesson Before Dying]

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Oscar Wilde Flippantly Disregards Moral Codes in The Importance of Being Earnest

- The morals of the Victorian Era gained renown for their strict socials roles that existed for both men and women. However, Oscar Wilde rejected these morals as he not only wrote characters but also acted as a character who flippantly disregarded the strict moral code. In his play The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde elicits a thoughtful laughter through the constant hypocrisy and non-sequitous behaviours of Lady Bracknell. Wilde uses her to explore the hypocrisy that he detested within Victorian Society, and through Lady Bracknell’s commentary on gender roles and marital roles, Wilde illustrates his own personal contentions with Victorian morals....   [tags: victorian, humor, sexual construct]

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Analysis Of ' Ernest Gaines, Walter Mosley, And August Wilson

- The authors’ Ernest Gaines, Walter Mosley, and August Wilson all play a role in defining the African American literature within the larger part of American culture. Each explores themes of inequality within similar time periods. These books travel from the nineteen forties to the nineteen fifties and entail the shared pain of the African American people and their individual struggles in a variety of conditions. Each piece of literature highlights the torment of the white people and oftentimes portrays them as the villains’....   [tags: African American, White people, Black people]

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A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines

- While we all would agree that racism is immoral and has no place in a modern society, that was not the case in the U.S. in the 1940s. At the time African Americans were treated as second-class citizens, it was made near-impossible for them to vote, and they were discriminated in many ways including in education, socially and in employment. It was a time in which segregation and racism perforated the laws and society, a time in which African Americans were “separate but equal,” segregation was legal and in full force....   [tags: racism, african americans]

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A Lesson Before Dying By Ernest J. Gaines

- In A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines, Grant Wiggins is asked to turn Jefferson, a young man on death row, into an honorable man before his execution. Grant faces many difficulties when Jefferson is unresponsive and refuses to comply with Grant and Aunt Emma’s request. Throughout the story, Grant struggles to find motivation to keep working with Jefferson as he faces the difficulty of racism and prejudice. The author of the novel, Ernest J. Gaines, uses characterization to prove the theme that a lack of compassion in individuals can prevent people from uniting to form a better society, because they do not try to understand one another....   [tags: Slavery, Slavery in the United States]

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A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

- Introduction According to his biography, Ernest J. Gaines grew up in Oscar, Louisiana on a plantation in the 1930s. He worked picking potatoes for 50 cents a day, and in turn used his experiences to write six books, including A Lesson Before Dying. While the novel is fictional, it is based on the hardships faced by blacks in a post Civil War South, under Jim Crow and 'de jure' segregation. In A Lesson Before Dying, the main story line is a sad tale in which a young black man named Jefferson, is wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death....   [tags: book review]

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A Lesson Before Dying By Ernest J. Gaines

- Change A character can change many times throughout a novel, or film, whether it’s good or bad. It can be a character’s willingness to change or it can be a life changing journey he or she went on that made it happen. The novel, A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines, talks about characters such as Grant, Jefferson, and Paul along with the life changing journey they went through in their life in Bayonne, Louisiana. In the novel, Grant said, “we are […] all of us on this earth, a piece of drifting wood, until we […] decide to become something else” (Gaines 193)....   [tags: White people, Black people, Novel, Character]

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A Lesson Before Dying, By Ernest Gaines And The Grapes Of Wrath

- Throughout the hundreds of years, individuals have pondered the impact of heavenly or insidious force, environment, hereditary qualities, even excitement, as deciding how free any individual is in settling on good decisions. Fate, a result of the past, is often described as the advancement of occasions out of man 's control, dictated by an extraordinary force. In any case that someone may utilize their freewill can reflect upon their outcomes, decided upon a supreme force, whether they are positive or negative....   [tags: The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck, Life]

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Racism in Ernest Gaines's A Lesson Before Dying

- After the civil war ended many blacks and whites especially in the south, continued living as if nothing had changed with regards to the oppressions and poor treatment of African Americans. Narrator Grant Wiggins, of the novel A Lesson Before Dying, By Ernest Gaines, finds himself in a similar situation towards racism. Through his experience Grant is forced to transform Jefferson who was wrongly accused of a murder from a “HOG” into a man. Although Grant was forced to make jefferson a man, he himself became more of one as a result....   [tags: racism, prejudice]

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The Souls Of Black And The Sky Is Gray By Ernest Gaines

- The idea of double consciousness, as defined by DuBois, can be seen in fleeting moments in both He Who Endures by Bill Harris and The Sky Is Gray by Ernest Gaines. When one compares the thought of double consciousness with the modern perception of a hyphenated existence, one can see that they both view the cultural identity ( African American) as one of a dual nature, but the terms differ in their value judgments of this cultural duality. Depending on how one values this cultural duality, as evidenced in both of the aforementioned works, it can alter the meaning of the works....   [tags: Black people, African American, Negro, Race]

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The Importance Of Being Earnest By The Victorian Era

- In the Victorian era, a woman’s place was in the home, their careers were their marriages to their husbands. From a young age, women were destined to only live for being married to men of their parent’s choice. Societies only saw women as weak, helpless and incapable of making any decisions that were not about the morals of which their children were taught and household duties. Women’s job in the Victorian era were to ensure that their homes were a place of comfort for their husbands and children from the everyday stresses of the world....   [tags: Love, Victorian era, Thought, Marriage]

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The Importance Of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde

- 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....   [tags: Social class, Victorian era, Sociology]

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The Importance Of Being Earnest Is The Nature Of Marriage

- One major theme of The Importance of Being Earnest is the nature of marriage. Throughout the entire play, marriage and morality serve as the catalyst for the play, inspiring the plot and raising speculation about the moral character of each person. Throughout the entire play, the characters are constantly worried about who they are going to marry and why they would marry them. This theme is the most prevalent theme throughout the entire play and shows what impact marriage had on a Victorian society....   [tags: Victorian era, Love, Marriage, Social class]

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Analysis Of ' Being Earnest ' And ' Arms And The Man '

- Alice Lee ENGL 2413 CRN15872 October 3, 2015 Essay 3 Rough Draft Than Man in the Mirror Have you ever watched a movie and thought “Wow. Those characters are so very different, but they are in two very similar situations?” That is just what the creator of the work wants you to see. They have used what is called a character foil. A character foil is a double or a mirror of characters. This allows you to see alternative versions of the story play out and help intensify the work. Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” and Bernard Shaw’s “Arms and the Man” both use character foils to highlight the conflicts and themes which help intensify the drama for the audience....   [tags: Love, Marriage, Hero, Romance]

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The Importance of Being More Than Earnest

- Every line, every character, and every stage direction in The Importance of Being Earnest is set on supporting Oscar Wilde’s want for social change. The Importance of Being Earnest was written during the late period of the Victorian era. During this period social classification was taken very seriously. It could affect working and living conditions, education, religion, and marriage. Wilde explores the issues of social class and turns it into a comedic play. He humorously criticizes Victorian manners and attacking the society of the luxurious life....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Importance Of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde

- Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest presents a satirical critique of Victorian society, in which women are not only presented as, but also expected to act like mindless objects who are dutiful to their hyper-masculine husband. The expectation of men in Victorian society, however, was to act as bachelors with the end goal of getting married. These marriages were often not for love but rather for societal advancement, marrying into well-established English families. Even the actual marriages themselves Wilde’s play serves primarily to playfully mock Victorian society, especially the relationships and gender expectations which he claims lack real substance....   [tags: Marriage, Gender role]

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The Importance Of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde

- Being an only child, raised by a single mum, has allowed me to understand the person I wanted to be. From a young age my mother has instilled in me certain characteristics, qualities and the importance of being a true gentleman. As a young male living in the 21st century trying to behave in a gentlemanly manner I was dared by my mates to ask a girl out. Instant rejection followed; her response “Sorry, you are just, how should I put this not ideal.” Later that night as I buried my face into my pillow, it hit me....   [tags: Fitzwilliam Darcy, Pride and Prejudice, Gender]

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The Importance Of Being Earnest By Jane Austen

- The novel, Persuasion, and the play, The Importance of Being Earnest, both have similar features in them. The conflict of both stories deals with social status, criticizing social mobility, and marriage within the same and different social classes. The authors Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde both draw the reader’s attention by telling how people were like in the 19th century Victorian era, then having the characters of their respective stories breaks those stereotypes. In Persuasion, Jane Austen focus on the idea of what living under social mobility was like....   [tags: Social class, Sociology, Victorian era, Marriage]

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The Importance Of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde

- Sommer Wood Mocking Marriage “The Importance of Being Earnest” By Oscar Wilde, is a satirical play that has captured the attention of audiences for over a hundred years. Much of this plays popularity has stemmed from Wilde’s ability to direct viewers attention to the flaws of Victorian society, while maintaining a lighthearted and comical tone throughout. Although the play maintains a humorous nature, Wilde manages to touch on many issues surrounding the moral and social values held by many people in the Victorian era....   [tags: Marriage, Victorian era]

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The Importance Of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde

- Wilde’s Earnest Satire The Importance of Being Earnest is a comedic play that was written by Oscar Wilde in the late 1800s. He believed that people in the Victorian Era took life too seriously. He wrote this play with various forms of satire to ridicule the strict lifestyle the upper-class were boxed into. The upper class had pretentious values and behaviors that characterized Victorian life. 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)....   [tags: Victorian era, Love]

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The Importance Of Being Earnest By William Shakespeare

- The play, The Importance of Being Earnest, was set in the late 1800’s when a woman needed a man to make her someone. This play portrays two young men pretending to be someone they’re not to win the affection of Gwendolen and Cecily, two women they have just recently met. Gwendolen and Cecily, blind for love, ignored all the “red flags” a woman born in the 21st-century couldn’t forget or forgive. Gwendolen and Cecily were lied to and made to look like a fool because of the men they fell in love with, Jack and Algy....   [tags: Marriage, Woman, Love, Wife]

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Identity as a Name in The Importance of Being Earnest

- Because this play is meant to embody victorian society, Wilde is able to interpret and criticize the high importance of social identity to Victorians. The encompassing critic that Wilde addresses in his script involves the corrupt nature of society and the hypocrisy of presenting oneself as a wholesome, earnest person when reality indicates otherwise. This play symbolically allows us to view the characters as an example of all elite Victorian society. Bromige declares that, “reading or watching the play is to observe the unconscious of the society of Wilde’s day” (1)....   [tags: Oscar Wylde, literary analysis]

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Gender and Consistency in "The Importance of Being Earnest"

- The Importance of Being Earnest is regarded as one of the most successful plays written by Oscar Wilde, a great 19th century playwright. Oscar Wilde deals with something unique about his contemporary age in this drama. It addresses Victorian social issues, French theatre, farce, social drama and melodrama. All these factors influenced the structure of the play in a large scale. This play is basically a Victorian satirical drama showcasing the social, political, economic and religious structural changes that affected 18th century England....   [tags: Literary Characters]

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The Importance of Bieng Earnest by Oscar Wylde

- Marriage is of paramount importance in The Importance of Being Earnest. In the play, marriage is reflected as the conventional Victorian society respectability, which is character, income, and status. These three criteria were considered to be the nature and purpose of marriage of that time. In a cynical way, marriage was considered as a means to an end. Oscar Wilde ridiculed the institution of marriage. Throughout the play, The Importance of Being Earnest, there is a pessimistic view on marriage....   [tags: marriage, play analysis and review]

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The Importance Of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde

- The Importance of Being Earnest, a play by Oscar Wilde, explores the theme of deception and social class conflict, and how detrimental they are to forming new relationships, through the conversation between Cecily and Gwendolyn. In the passage that starts on page 78 and extends to page 80, Gwendolyn and Cecily are formally introduced to one another establishing the plot of The Importance of Being Earnest. Wilde utilizes a compassionate and gentle tone as Gwendolyn and Cecily first meet. Soon after, however, this tone changes to a blunt spitefulness between the two women....   [tags: Social class, Working class, Deception, Marxism]

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The Importance Of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde

- The Importance of Being Earnest is a play written by Oscar Wilde during the Victorian era. It is a farcical comedy in which the main characters live and maintain a fictional persona to escape their responsibilities. To which Oscar Wilde uses secondary characters within the play such as Lady Bracknell to humorously make her the tool of the conflict and much of the satire. She is the first and foremost a symbol of Victorian earnests and the unhappiness it brings as a result. Lady Bracknell was specially designed to represent Wilde’s opinion of the upper Victorian class repressiveness and traditional negativity....   [tags: Social class, Victorian era]

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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

- 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....   [tags: story and character analysis]

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The Importance Of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde

- Three hundred years ago A Midsummer-Night 's Dream written by William Shakespeare was printed in 1600. In this love sonnet Shakespeare compares his one and only love to a summer 's day, and he talks about the beauty of the two and their similarities. Everything in this world is connected in one way or another, it 's all entangled, and thus it gives a chance for there to be similarities; and two seemingly opposites such as, love and war, may have more in common than what we might have initially thought....   [tags: Marriage, Love, William Shakespeare, Similarity]

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The Importance Of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde

- Every text is an argument to the audience and every argument is influenced by a text and the audience surrounding the author. The Importance of Being Earnest is a play written by Oscar Wilde which was first performed in 1895. The plot centers around the proposal of marriage between Jack Worthing and Gwendolen Bracknell and also the proposal from Jack’s friend and Gwendolen 's cousin Algernon Moncrieff extended towards Jack’s ward, Cecily Cardew. In The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde uses the ideas of his time period, his own background, and absurd comedy to argue that the views of marriage and gender held by those in Victorian Era England are wrong and hypocritical....   [tags: Victorian era, Marriage, Worthing]

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Importance of Being Earnest: Dinner is Served

- Food is the world’s safe house. Primarily, food is what keeps the body in working order. Behind the scenes, food creates an industry that is incomparable to any other. From diners to fishermen, and from bakeries to slaughterhouses, food is known by all. Oscar Wilde takes this universal knowledge of food to create the compelling social satire known as “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Wilde cleverly brings readers into a new world of secrecy, fantasy, and power through the need to eat. With the onset of the “New Woman” era, Oscar Wilde uses food to introduce his humourously repulsed opinion on the freedom of women, while alluding to the struggle of being accepted in this previously unheard...   [tags: Theatre]

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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

- The Importance of Being Earnest was one of Wilde’s Victorian melodramas. There are plenty elements of satire, intellectual travesty, a comic take on Victorian manners and an appealing superficial-ness that makes it a light comedy. Behind this charade of humor though lie deeper, more serious undertones. The play is a take at the extreme hypocrisy and cloying moralism’s that were distinct marks of the Victorian era. In Act I of The Important of Being Earnest, the term and concept of ‘Bunbury’ is first introduced when Algernon accuses Jack of “being a confirmed and secret Bunburyist’....   [tags: victorian era, hypocracy, melodrama]

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