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 want to make a caricature on high society by egaterating on Love, Manners and Death. Oscar Wilde makes a caricature of a high society by portraying love by having no emotion . He makes a caricature because Jack loves Gwendolen but she would only marry him if his name is Ernest. Cecily also loves Algernon because his name is Ernest.
Gwendolen’s desire to love someone of the name Ernest mocks the idea of love that the middle class held. After he proposes, Gwendolen says, “but men often propose for practice. I know my brother Gerald does” (ln 593). Here, Wilde satirizes the middle class by making fun of the lack of romantic emphasis proposals
In the play the Montagues and the Capulets have an “ancient grudge… where civil blood makes civil hands unclean”, due to the vendetta the two lovers were driven to death because of their forbidden love (Shakespeare). Unlike Shakespeare, Wilde uses names to further the satirical nature of The Importance of Being Earnest. Throughout the play Wilde is perpetually using situational irony, exaggeration, deflation and epigrammatic phrases in order to ridicule societies social norms. Although the play is satirical it also gives a lot of insight on the importance of names. The play states that names are enough to judge character and even status in society.
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.
Othello refers to him many times as “honest Iago” and so does Cassio. All of this depicts him as a good guy. Only the audience knows his true nature. He hates Othello. His plan is to make him believe that his wife Desdemona is having an affair
Nevertheless, even Tea Cake, perceived to be the “kindest” of Janie’s husbands, eventually feels internal pressure to assert his dominance over her, and is led to beat her due to his own insecurity: “Before the week was over he had whipped Janie. Not because her behavior justified his jealousy, but it relieved that awful fear inside him. Being able to whip her assured him in possession. No brutal beating at all. He just slapped her around a bit to show he was boss” (146).
Wilde’s comedic influence takes place in the characters placing emphasis on trivial things and treating serious matters with inconsequence. Though this play could be viewed as a simple comedy, what makes it a satirical work is the underlying social commentary. Wilde highlights his views on institutions such as love, marriage, and gender relations by satirizing their nature via reductio ad absurdum and thereby reveals their essential frivolity. Though marriage is traditionally viewed by society as the final step in a lover’s journey, Wilde intentionally separates marriage and love to the point where they seem mutually exclusive. Wilde’s negative perception of marriage is shown in the conversations that Jack and Algernon have regarding Jacks intentions with Gwendolen.
Feminist Perspective As seen in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, men and women live in a society of inequality as conveyed through double standards. For instance, Wilde conveys a double standard regarding men and women flirting as seen when Algernon says “She will place me next to Mary Farquhar, who always flirts with her own husband across the dinner-table. That is not very pleasant.” While society shames women for talking to men whom they are married to, society seems to praise men such as Jack and Algernon when they become engaged and become engaged by flirting, as Algernon does with Cecily. Relationships serve as another double standard shown in the play. In Act 1 of the play, Jack and Algernon discuss Gwendolen refusing Jack’s proposal in which Algernon says “She is always refusing people.
Even more implausible is the fact that Jack can so easily forgive the woman who consistently questioned and belittled him. How easily the conflict resolved in the end portrays a society that is so involved in self-preservation that their values of responsibility and honesty remain obscurely muddled. In The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde showcases a society muddled by the focus of social formalities to the point it is comedic. The satirization of these formalities is often highlighted in the implausible behavior of Wilde’s characters in the way they establish and resolve social and moral
In this satirical prompt, Gracey Long uses satire to convey how beauty should be valued and vocalized for individuals, according to Long’s proposal, “The Next Bimbo Barbie.” Long ridiculed the idea of how men and women should only revolve around beauty standards for their own contentment, as they strive for personal achievement. To do so, Long corrupted the topic by using sarcasm to indicate that beauty standards should attempt to be more sympathetic to improve the quality of adults’ standards. Long’s essay contains a witty piece of horatian satire, where she intends to give a comical vibe from funny structures, that seems to provide her audience with a humorous tone. Long explains how society needs to believe that beauty standards should