He explains that the family feud would’ve been able to end if they were married, until Romeo was banished. “Prince: Where be these enemies? Capulet, Montague, see, what scourge is laid upon your hate, that Heaven finds means to kill your joys with love!” (Shakespeare V. iii. 295-298). After the prince confirms Friar Lawrence’s innocence he confronts Capulet and Montague about how this conflict between them has
In Victorian times where the intricate rules of society were vital and being respectable and appropriate were most important, people seemed to do the contrary to what one would expect. This way of life is what Oscar Wilde detested about the people of his time which drove him to write the plays he did. He turned the despicable ways of society into comedic stories for the entertainment and to ridicule the Victorian era. The disfunction and shallow nature of the Victorian era people’s give the Importance of Being Earnest a clever comedic edge by emphasizing the misfortunes of the characters. Oscar Wilde detested the way in which people lived and the rules one had to follow in order to represent their class properly or to not embarrass themselves.
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.
The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) by Oscar Wilde, conforms to a traditional comedy of manners including its use of verbal wit spoken by stock characters that hardly have any depth to them. This allows Wilde to poke fun at the Victorian upper classes by exposing their ridiculous and hypocritical views on society. A typical trait in a comedy of manners is exploring the theme of love and marriage which inevitably leads to conflict between the characters2. In The Importance of Being Earnest, the otherwise slow moving plot is accelerated by various scenes of conflict, for example Lady Bracknell’s consistent disapproval of Jack. During her interview with Jack held in the first act, Lady Bracknell is quick to ridicule herself as a result of her obvious hypocrisy in not
Throughout the play, both covert and overt racism, assimilation, and jealous dispositions all foreshadow the untimely death of Desdemona and Othello. Throughout the play, Iago, Roderigo, and Brabantio display covert or overt racism towards Othello. At the beginning of the play, Iago, Othello’s ensign, and Roderigo, a wealthy man in love with Desdemona, discuss Othello’s marriage and their hatred for Othello. During their dialogue, the first references made of Othello are “his Moorship” and “the Moor,” which is how most of the characters refer to Othello (Shakespeare 687). Rather than referring to Othello nominally, they refer to him by his ethnicity, showing their inherent racism.
Through his thoughts that he speaks to himself through the play, the audience can understand evil in its sincerest form. Iago 's villain characteristics were evident from the beginning of "Othello" in act one scene one. Roderigo is the first person that Iago begins to infect with his manipulative ways. Iago also made his hatred known towards Othello because Othello chose Micheal Cassio to be his lieutenant instead of Iago. The other reasons given in the play for Iago 's hatred toward Othello is Iago suspects Othello and Emilia (Iago 's wife) of adultery.
Introduction The play, The Importance of Being Earnest, is a comedy of manners employing equal amount of both satire and a force resulting in a hilarious send-up of the Victorian society (Cash J, 2006). Wilde satirically highlights their absurd class customs (manners, property and occupation), social conventions including the obsession with social standing and personal fulfilment, as well as, marriage for mercantile purposes (Kupske F, 2015). The Victorian society was an era attached to the ideals of earnestness which pressurised individuals to live double lives. This earnestness forced people to compromise anything and disregard their morals (Cash J, 2006). The obsession with the upper class and the lifestyle that is led by those people makes matters worse.
His each and action is guided by the motive to abide by the superficial guidelines set by society. Throughout the play we can notice that Torvald calls Nora by name like ‘Spendthrift’, ‘Little lark’, ‘Little squirrel’. The contemporary readers might consider these as the names called with a feeling of love, but when analyzed we’ll realize that in a way Torvald was insulting and humiliating Nora by addressing her as ‘little’ and ‘Spendthrift’. It also gives us the reflection of Torvald’s psyche as it tells us that he considers Nora inferior to him and a being who doesn’t value money. He is a soul who firmly believes that a person has a reputation to hold and that is a reason he doesn’t give Krogstad a job in the bank.
There are ten soliloquies that Iago does throughout the play, this is to show how arrogant and driven he is to destroy Othello all because of his jealousy. The soliloquies are performed as though you can hear the characters inner thoughts, this is to help show how dramatic the character really is and to help build up the play with suspense. Iago is the epitome of jealousy, envy, and hatred. ¨The Moor is of free and open nature, that thinks men honest that but seem to be so, and will as tenderly be led by the nose as asses are.¨ (Bevington, D. 2014). In Act 1 scene 3 lines 400-403, Iago talks about how innocent and basically nieve Othello is and how easily he will lead him to his destruction (Bevington, D. 2014).
As stated before, the tone that Iago expresses repeatedly throughout Shakespeare’s Othello is malicious revenge. However, aside from his hatred, there is a slight emotion of obsession that he expresses in his soliloquy. For instance, Iago is persistent on ruining Othello’s life every hour of every day, so that he would feel the pain that Iago feels. He wants to “put the Moor / At least into a jealousy so strong / That judgement cannot cure.” (2.1.298-300) In the Oxford English Dictionary, the term ‘jealousy’ can be expressed in a variety of meanings. One of the meanings is that ‘jealousy’ is a ‘state of mind that arises from suspicion, or the knowledge of rivalry.’ This definition pertains to Iago because he strongly believes that Othello is sleeping with his wife, hence why he wants to treat Othello as an enemy.