His intention in lampooning was for his audience to enjoy the irony and sarcasm of his work while criticizing the foolish view of the upper class. During the time play’s release, many critics wrote about their opinions of the play. Some critics saw his work as a fantasy, others said it was burlesque, but there were also critics who understood Wilde’s purpose for writing this play (Kohl 272). For instance, Norbert Kohl said, “He is made to laugh at the hollow superficiality hidden behind the mask of earnestness, and to mock the rich facade…” (Kohl 272). Khol clearly understood that Wilde’s purpose of writing The Importance of Being Earnest was to publicly and comically criticize the rich.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne tells not only the story of Hester Prynne’s sin, but also shows wickedness behind Roger Chillingworth’s and Arthur Dimmesdale’s public appearances. In The Scarlet Letter, the two men who both have feelings for Hester clash with each other and even themselves. Throughout the novel, Chillingworth and Dimmesdale have a rather dark and twisted relationship. Although the pair start off as friends somewhat and do try to at least be respectful to one another, neither can shake off the bad vibes they are sensing from each other. This leads to Chillingworth’s outright questioning of Dimmesdale’s sins and secrets, and Dimmesdale’s growing curiosity of Chillingworth’s true identity.
Also he felt unwanted by Diana. Since Diana treats Mr. Austen like this she must not feel the same way about him. The short story “The Chaser” is an example of how men get treated badly and unequally because they do so much for the women but the women doesn’t seem to care on what they do. In conclusion, the story the chaser shows feminist criticism because Mr. Austen felt like he needs to get a love potion for Diana. In this case, Diana has the full control in the relationship.
Although, the Daughters of Bilitis and other "homophile" groups, were ultimately failed in their attempts to encourage the acceptance of homosexuals by the society. The theater professionals began to openly discuss the gay presence in the theater. They later, realized that the homophobia was bad in the theater production. There were questioning Why wasting time to hate people you had to work with. The dean of Broadway directors, George Abbott, wrote the following in his 1963 autobiography "Fairies," the average man calls them with a sneer, or "homos"; around Broadway, they will be referred to as "queers" or "gay boys".
She is one that tends to disobey society, she dresses pearl up on a scarlet dress with gold designs to show that she is also the scarlet letter. B. Arthur Dimmesdale is very ashamed of his sin that he committed but he does not want the people to know that he committed adultery but then on the other hand he is very jealous of Hester that she doesn’t have to bear the guilt and that everyone knows of his sin. He starts to feel so guilty that it’s eating him from the inside out. He also punishes himself in many different ways. One is by that he hangs up all over his house images of David and Bathsheba which reminds him of his sin.
In a time of irrational Victorian thinking, it comes as no surprise that Wilde’s writing had evoked such a backlash. For people during the Victorian period, Wilde’s male characters and the relationships in which they maintained were more than abundantly suggestive to enable thoughts of disgust in even the most tolerant of people. Wilde’s own sexual orientation laid out for the reader just how these relationships were assembled. In the opening of The Picture of Dorian Gray, we the readers are greeted with a homosexual dalliance, which involves Dorian, Lord Henry, and Basil collectively. It can be clearly seen that Basil’s artwork is personally connected to his commendation over
Iago and the rest of the Venetian society hates Othello for the reason that he is different and is married to one of the most beautiful Venetian woman. They are jealous of him therefore they have hatred against him. The readers of the early nineteenth century have made the word “Moor” a racist word and they have changed how people view the play from a tragic play to one of racism. “Moor” as a word is not racist if you know its origins. It is just a synonym much like “negro.” They all mean the same thing,
Late Victorian poet, playwright, and novelist Oscar Wilde is most remembered for his flamboyant nature, sharp wit, aestheticism in the extreme, his imprisonment due to his homosexuality, and his humor. Unfortunately, because of his reputation as being an absurd comic, the deeper aspects of his works often go overlooked or are dismissed altogether. This sad fact does not only apply to modern readers of his works, but to some of his contemporaries as well. In fact, Wilde 's fellow countryman George Bernard Shaw once ridiculed what would become, perhaps, his most well-loved play, as being “all froth and no pith.”, meaning that it was, although amusing, of no real substance. The play about which Shaw was speaking, The Importance of Being Earnest,
One of the most obvious examples in the book would be Tom’s adultery with Myrtle Wilson. Tom has an love affair with Myrtle which goes against moral codes of the society. This is an issue also reflected in the current society. For example, Arnold Schwarzenegger, who admitted in public that he had a baby with his house-keeper. A good example of low morals in Hong Kong today is the telephone scam and cheating of ignorant and old people.
Like Jane and Bingley 's marriage, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy 's was also based on love. Elizabeth ' character was very intellectual, and friendly, however Mr. Darcy 's was antisocial, he also had a strong sense of pride (opposites do attract). In the beginning of the novel, Elizabeth did not like Mr. Darcy that much, and he also shared the same feelings. She thought he was an arrogant and rude man, while he thought she was "tolerable". But as we proceed reading, we could see that he slowly starts to fall in love with her, and how he would give up his status and reputation to marry her.
The use of different wrong doings allows readers to view the abuse displayed in the 1800’s. However, many others and I can attest to the novel not encompassing the dilemma of abuse enough. The men, converting it into an ideal, romanticize the abuse of women. The men are envious that Janie takes her abuse so quietly. The concept of maltreatment is made to seem common in normal life.
Arthur was torn between admitting he was wrong and confessing his sin or to hide it and let Hester be the mockery of the town by herself. In The Scarlet letter Arthur was Hester’s lover, but no one knew it. Arthur was the towns priest and no one could ever know what he did because it was a very bad sin in their eyes. Hawthorne states in The Scarlet Letter, “The minister, with a voice so sweet, tremulous, but powerful, insomuch that the hall reechoed, and the hollow amour rang with it” (104). The minister was a very nice and sweet man.
The passive partner during sex, in the case of a man having sex with another man, was considered to be effeminate because he was being dominated and therefore taking the feminine role in sex. Women had a very low social status in Roman society because masculinity was so revered. When a man was labeled as effeminate, he lost his social status and privileges that came with being a man in society. In other words, any man who willingly took on the receptive role during sex with another man revoked his masculinity and privilege and took on the inferior status of women, so he were often ridiculed and scorned.
6 At the same time a large portion of criticism of the castrato was dedicated to his desirability to women, how his infertility allowed a potential female partner to enjoy sex without the possibility of pregnancy; this paper will discuss those more casual conquests and some castrati who married to women despite a papal ban on their doing so. 7 Castrati were desired because of their difference from other men, and acted on desire in spite of it. However, the phenomenon of castrati is a limited one, as Enlightenment sensibilities spawned an obsession with clear categories (sexual dimorphism among them) and the uncovering of ‘Truth’ in ‘natural’ bodies. Enlightened persons could no longer reconcile the “disparities of gender, voice, and body” the castrato demonstrated. 8 By the late eighteenth century, criticism of the castrato was so harsh and commonplace as to force him off the commercial stage, out of the arms of his admirers, and back into chapels where he would fade into obscurity and myth over the next
Overall, A Streetcar Named Desire is showing the downfalls of not expressing sexuality while doing the rare thing of showcasing sexuality in the context of a society that dismissed and condemned it. Tennessee Williams was a gay man who knew the frustration of living in a time period that demanded his sexuality be repressed. Through the play, he communicates how high a price individuals had to pay for expressing their desires. In Blanche’s case, her expression of sexuality led to her being committed to a mental institute, and in Allen Grey’s case death. Despite this Williams also imparts to his audience the negative impacts of disguising one 's sexuality behind the guise of what is considered normal and proper.