A pertinent issue which has gained a lot of attention recently in the social media is the way people should behave depending on different factors, for example: culture or gender. Moreover, nowadays there are people who think that taking up other gender roles is overrated because these are usually determined by past generations. Therefore, they argue that in the current world people should behave the way they want without taking into account other people’s opinions. However, this issue was really relevant in England during the nineteenth century where codes of behaviour were strictly followed and taken into account by the society. This essay will examine the representation of gender in one Victorian work, Oscar Wilde’s 1899 melodrama The Importance of Being Earnest.
Victorian literature is a literature written in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, or roughly from 1837 -1901. It is largely characterized by the struggle of working people and the success; of right over wrong. It happened to be in the Victorian era (1837–1901) that the novel became the leading classification in English. Women played an important part in this rising popularity both as authors as well as readers. Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888), the title of the book was meant to highlight the inferiority of women as compared to men, or, alternatively, describe the lives of simple people, "unimportant" in the social sense.
Never the less, the lower society, was being utilized for urban developments despite the fact they were unhappy and distressful. Actually, Queen Victoria wanted justice and moral yet there was an obvious inequality between the middle class of the abundance of money they have and the lower class which continued in poverty. Meanwhile, it was a challenge to the artist and intellectual class, to express these differences of social changes in their artworks. Another aspect of that century was the expansion of the British power. Perhaps a significant evidence to power started in the eighteen century
They maintained that colonisation can only be a remedy for capital surplus if greater amount of England’s capital is not invested in governance of colonies which they regarded is the case with most of the England’s colonies. Though, English liberals kept India at exception to these arguments against imperialism. Smith maintained somewhat flexible position through his argument of free trade and India being one of the free-trading partners of England if trading monopoly of East India Company were removed. Bentham and James Mill regarded England’s imperialist relations with India only for the betterment of Indians and their civilisation and not for England since it led to large pooling off of money in India’s
INTRODUCTION John Milton’s style in Paradise Lost (1667) has justly been described as the grand style. The word “sublimity” best describes the mature style of Milton. It was a quality he attained only after years of stern experience. The merits of Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained do not depend upon the reader’s taste in theology, but upon the stark grandeur of many descriptive passages, and the passionate love of Nature which glows throughout the poet’s work. Broadbent holds the view that “Milton is among the few English writers whose style can be called scholarly, his images unique and his words elevated” (6).
His early plays were primarily comedies and histories, and these are regarded as some of the best work ever produced in these genres. In this essay, I will be analyzing Shakespeare’s poem “Sonnet 18.” And I will be mentioning the Sound Devices and the figurative language. The poet starts with
This production of The Importance of Being Earnest is set in late 1800’s England, about rich and pretentious people who concern themselves with shallow and superficial matters. The aim is to stay true to the script and the author’s point of view. The setting of the script feels very appropriate for the themes and message of the play, and I would like to maintain that. The show should be as brightly colored as possible, to create the image that the characters are living in a world without real concerns, where everything is fun and silly. Period costumes (minus wasp-waist corsets) should be worn and time-appropriate furnishings should be present.
But Hippolyta insists that it “—grows to something of great constancy”. The play itself does that. But what is the thing of constancy? The brief answer, I think, is beauty. That may sound deceptively simple; for behind it lies a great part of the Neo-Platonist philosophy of the Renaissance.
In almost all the plays by Shaw there is an element of social reform and individualism is present. His next play which I would analyze is Man and Superman , it is among one of the most famous plays by Shaw. In the best of George Bernard Shaw 's work up to the creation of Man and Superman the intellectual and preacher, while perpetually trying to assert him, was by some means subordinated to the dramatist. In the prologue to the popular edition the author wrote: "As I have not been sparing of such lighter qualities as I could endow the book with for the sake of those who ask nothing from a play but agreeable pastime, I think it well to affirm plainly that the third act, however fantastic its legendary framework may appear, is a careful attempt