Oscar Wilde’s satirical play The Importance of Being Earnest, set in the late Victorian era, London, is a portrayal of British upper class society and its conventions surrounded by a strict code of conduct. In 1890’s class society, earnestness was desired; to follow the moral code and social obligations in order to keep up one’s appearance. Besides, there was a huge gender disparity between men and women. In the play, Wilde criticizes the social inequality and Victorian upper class standards. He characterizes Victorian personae making fun of their qualities; hypocrisy, arrogance and absurdism, ultimately the very vital state and lifeline of not being earnest at all in Victorian society.
In the play “The Importance Being Earnest” Oscar Wilde wants to show that the caricature on high society. The play was in the 1800’s. A caricature is a charter or a physical fentress that exaggerates by making it bigger or smaller to make a person notice and laugh to show their weakness. Oscar Wilde makes us think if it’s really important to be earnest ? The story is about two boys that want to be named Earnest, so because of that they have a double life and they will need to handle the problems.
Oscar Wilde wrote his plays against the backdrop of the Victorian English society. It therefore helps to discuss the salient aspects of the Victorian society. Victorian England is known for many paradoxes -- glaring contrasts between the rich and the poor, insistence on morality on the one hand and the practice of cynicism on the other, blooming creativity pitted against blatant constriction, imperial grandeur since Britain was then ruling almost one fifth of the total surface of the earth and domestic squalor since the majority of people did not have decent means of livelihood, and finally collectivity dictated by tradition opposed to the rapidly developing individualism. The class system denied the talented members of the lower classes access to social and economic advancement. The upper classes alone had the privilege of working in the government, the armed forces, and the church, while trade was monopolized by the rising middle class.
Between the movie 10 Things I Hate About You and the play Taming of the Shrew, Petruchio and Patrick differ on many things. Due to the time period difference, the two have little in common because of changes in the societal expectations. Petruchio is a controlling man that wants Katherine for her money while Patrick is a caring high school student that develops genuine feelings for her. The differences between Petruchio and Patrick mainly stem from their reputation, relationship with Katherine, and how they interact with the people around them. The play Taming of the Shrew is written by Shakespeare, the play is about love and trickery.
As mentioned, the Marxist approach deals with heterodoxy or a desire for possessions which in this case, is Olivia. The ‘social order paradox’ is evident also, as Malvolio, Olivia’s administrator, attempts to transgress the boundaries of order through ‘love’. Even though Malvolio features as a secondary character, his presence is very much important in the ‘social order paradox’. A trick is played on Malvolio, where a number of the other characters inform him that Olivia has asked him to wear bizarre things. The importance of this prank refers to the issue of class mobility that audiences of the time would have identified with.
He uses irony and satiric elements to show how the society uses marriage as a tool for social status and class, the role of women in a society and the double life that people are forced to live by hiding their true identity. Parker's adaption of the play made it more adaptable to the modern cinema, which in a way took away from Wilde's original intentions of conveying the story by creating emotional connection to the
Throughout the book, “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde the protagonist Dorian Gray is influenced by various people in his life. Dorian, a handsome middle class bachelor is heavily guided by an antagonist, Lord Henry. As a result of his interactions with Lord Henry Dorians’ morals are conflicted such as, his preference for beauty over knowledge. Furthermore, Dorian’s painting made by Basil is also affected because it expresses every sin he commits by aging. From Dorian Gray it can be concluded through symbolism that beauty and youthfulness is society 's main concern.
These flavours of irony are enhanced through characters’ names. “Alec D’Urberville” is a counterfeit D’Urberville whereas “Tess Durbeyfield” is a rightful “D’Urberville”, evoking male perfidy and nobility of the “fallen woman”. Similarly, through the play title “Hedda Gabler”, Ibsen’s refusal to subsume Hedda’s personality into her marital title “Tesman” foregrounds her unorthodox personality, portraying the encumbering marriage facing every Victorian women, in which the limitation of the feminine role is embedded in the very nomenclature of society. The writers endow Tess and Hedda with strength necessary to unleash revenge against the “seducer”, a polemic against masculine subduer of female innocence. Both writers subvert traditionally masculine symbols to convey the idea of retribution with Hardy
Every society has predetermined circumstances in which people will follow. Many go about their lives following the crowd and do not challenge the existing state of affairs. However, some become irritated with the conditions of the society they reside in. They gradually think different, become defiant, and finally attempt to enact change or literally escape to a different environment. Throughout history, many people rose above the status quo and were able to create everlasting change, like Booker T. Washington and Martin Luther King Jr. Then again, many others would reside in the shadows of a society they came to reject.
The female role in today’s society, is drastically different than the female role that took place in the 1800’s. The short story “The Kiss” by Kate Chopin gives an introspective look at a women in that time period deciding between wealth and lust. The two men in the story represent two extreme stereotypes, however their relationship with Nathalie is not quite so typical. How Nathalie interacts with the men in the story, as well as Nathalie’s thought process with each man, hints the reader to notice how Nathalie was a feminist in the beginning stages. Unlike a majority of Chopin 's stories, the main character Nathalie, is a strong willed women that possess no feelings of uncertainty or true mental conflict.
I said nothing.” This shows sometimes people do not want to conform but they are too afraid to speak out. This means Faber is actually choosing to conform to society even though unlike Mildred Faber has already been enlightened to the truth. When most people are born they conform to the ideologies of their parents and communities, they don’t choose to conform, however they can choose not to conform. In the beginning of Fahrenheit 451 Montag is a conformist who burns books for a living; however as the book progresses Montag begins to read books and his opinions on the way his society is changes. In Fahrenheit 451 Faber tells Montag “pity, Montag, pity.
The Psychological Development of Miss Havisham One common aspect between different people in society is how time and circumstance significantly impacts an individual’s entire life. Although this situation may not exactly correlate to the development of Charles Dickens’ classic novel of personal growth and improvement, Great Expectations, many characters such as Miss Havisham constantly changes throughout the story. In the novel, the protagonist, Pip, develops the idea after meeting Estella and Miss Havisham that he is meant for greater things, deciding that he needs to become a gentleman. However, Miss Havisham, a wealthy spinster, is determined to manipulate Estella to break Pip’s heart in order to quench her thirst for revenge. Although Miss Havisham begins as a reclusive and mad woman, she was once youthful and filled with hope before her heart-breaking experience causes her to change into a bitter and regretful woman.
The king decides he wants to choose a bride from the most worthy and beautiful in the land, so both Mufaro’s daughters travel to the capital, but in the end only one of the daughters can be chosen. I loved the illustrations in the book, they definitely brought each page to life. Steptoe’s paintings compliment the story as they expand characterizations and setting, they also add depth to the text. Like most stories that are based on a fairytale just like this one, they are fairly predictable, but nonetheless this book was still entertaining. Even though the story line was quite predictable, you still have the need to continue to read to see who the king chooses as his bride.
According to Robert C. Roberts he states that “the idea of self as something to which its history is merely accidental does not do justice to the concept of a self with which we do daily business.” (Wilkens). We use stories as a part of everyday life to get people to believe our view on a situation. Many people tell stories that get pass down from generation to generation, shaping an individual’s point of view. Depending on what they have heard all their lives; it does not deter them from their initial point of view. Christina’s view was shaped by her father’s
Many fathers in that day in age, especially those belonging to the upper-class, had arranged marriages for their daughters and Moliere’s blow to planned marriages most likely greatly upset them. For a man to come and tell the public what they are doing or what they have done is seen as a comedy, is rather upsetting and degrading to say the least. During the time period of when Tartuffe was written, planned marriages were prevalent, but mostly only in the upper-class. Women who descended from a wealthy family, was most commonly arranged a marriage in order to sustain wealth and land. When individualism and free thinking came about, women began to urn for true love in a husband.