In the 1800’s, America was the subject of many romantic visions and musings. The British and East Coasters alike saw everything west of Appalachia as a wild wonderland: home to cowboys, adventure, and opportunity. Oscar Wilde, a renowned British author and satirist, voyaged across America to test the truth of these claims. Afterwards, he published his findings and opinions in a piece known as Impressions of America. In the piece, he makes it clear that America did not live up to his expectations, and would disappoint his readers as well.
Oscar pulled from his life experiences in order to write his poetry, and one constant thing he used was his sexuality. The reason why this is significant is not only because of the time period he lived in but also because it affected his real life. However, even if Wilde was a writer who truly pulled from his own life to write, not all the topics he wrote about, were impactful to his life. This was something Wilde himself even admitted he did, showing just how connected his life was from his writing (Marcus). This shows how even if his writing style matched his time, with his lifestyle being different; Wilde works would not always match the status quo of the Victorian period.
What was Oscar Wilde most known for? Although he was raised in the upper-class of Victorian England, he often ridiculed the upper-class for their straitlaced customs through his plays using his brilliant wit and flamboyant style. The upper-class wasn’t the only thing criticised by Wilde, but also topics such as love and marriage. One of the most prominent points Wilde mocked the ideals of love was on the stage of his most famous play, The Importance of Being Earnest. In the three acts of this book, Wilde attempts to change the reader’s views and perceptions of the several different topics he criticises.
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,
Just like Plato, Wilde believed in only viewing the truth and what is real in all things. Oscar Wilde’s views about the deficiency of imagination in modern literature and the overall lack of creative inspiration in art, wholly, make an appearance during a conversation between the two characters, in which Wilde expresses his views through Vivian, while Cyril makes dubious attempts to hold a different opinion that elicit Vivian to elucidate
The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde (first published by Ward, Lock and Company in England in 1891). The Writer: Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) was an Irish writer who produced work in a variety of literary forms – mostly plays and essays. He was an aesthete, i.e., someone who emphasized beauty and form in literature and art. This was something that was reflected in his choice of themes, which demoted the social and political issues for the sake of the aesthetic, but also in his own style of life and dressing. In other words, for him art was the primary purpose of producing art.
Purity of nature or soul is not a characteristic inherent to the feminine in the Victorian novel. A famous masculine candidate to the title of ‘pure and innocent being’ can be found in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. In fact, the protagonist, Dorian Gray himself, is idealised by the painter Basil Hallward for his “simple and … beautiful nature” (Wilde, 16). He is a muse who inspires him with his “passion of the romantic spirit, […] and perfection of the spirit that is Greek” (Wilde, 12-3). He is also depicted as being “wonderfully handsome, with his finely-curved scarlet lips, his frank blue eyes, his crisp gold hair” (Wilde, 17) and holding a boyish innocence “unspotted from the [modern] world” (Wilde, 17), which draws Lord Henry’s attention.
Introduction “Always, with undying love, yours, Oscar”, a closing to one of the many love letters that the highly successful author and playwright, Oscar Wilde wrote to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. His enormous capacity to love and to show compassion coupled with his graceful writing abilities allowed Oscar Wilde to produce some of the most beautifully articulated love letters. Within his letters, Oscar Wilde encapsulated irrational love and worked to elegantly communicate indescribable emotions. Today, his letters are seen as a piece of art and are widely praised. In his time, however, his love letters lead to his arrest, and eventual poverty and death at 46.
Moreover, the public figures claim that women have to remain chaste until marriage, but they take part in the scandals that contradict what they are telling. The author highlights the hypocrisy of people living in Victorian times by usage of the irony. Fowles emphasises that the ideology of their era had an influence on the Victorians' decisions and knowledge about themselves. Furthermore, the narrator uses the Victorians' history to make a distinction between present and past. The readers have a possibility to consider how contemporary ideas and beliefs shape their own presumptions about the past.