The satirical piece of literature, “The Importance of Being Earnest”, takes place in the Victorian Era, “when an intricate code of behavior governed everything from communication to sexuality.” (shmoop.com). During the Victorian age, all marriages were connected to social status, matched economics, and to protect their own resources. This idea can be shown in “The Importance of Being Earnest” through Lady Bracknell. This satire is written to awaken people and to try to remind people not to value bloodlines instead of true love when deciding upon your marriage partner. I think that Oscar Wilde finds his characters funny.
The modelling also drew links to Walpole, as he "constructed and manipulated working majorities of placemen and dependents"(Jones, 1992, p.42). Placing myself into the shoes of the patrons watching the play, the relation to this satire could be strong as this was after the financial crisis of South Sea Bubble. Furthermore, the state of the society, which will be discussed later in the Social Circumstances, are in turmoil as well. Emotionally attaching myself to blame one of the leading figures in the parliament would be a natural thing to do. Another common link to Walpole is that of Macheath, whereby his "two women (Polly Peachum and Lucy Lockit) are paralleled to Walpole's wife and his mistress" (McGeary, 2013, p.103).
As Sigmund Freud once said, “the only person with whom you have to compare yourself is you in the past. ” In this essay, I will qualify the claim that Janie, the protagonist from Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, is a powerful role model for young readers because she pursues her own happiness despite obstacles. Janie does pursue her own happiness through her relationship with Joe Starks and Tea cake, even though they both come to a crashing end. The obstacles she has to overcome however, are created by herself. Janie creates her own adversity, and is then forced to overcome it to achieve what she desires.
The settings are different in each version, but they contain the same main characters: Ana, and Dmitri. There are some many other characters in each story, but they are unimportant characters. The Dmitri’s description of Anna gives the impression that she may be egocentric and conceited. In Chekov’s version, Dmitri said: “she was a tall, erect woman with dark eyebrows, stately and dignified and, as she said of herself, intellectual.” Dmitri’s perception is crucial to understand his point of view, and sympathize with him. That is why the third person narrator is used in both versions.
In The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde satirized the ideas of the Victorian upper class society through a few aspects. One of the main points he claimed is people’s attitude towards marriage in the Victorian society that “whether marriage is pleasurable or a restrictive social duty” (Shmoop Editorial Team). Lady Bracknell is a typical character represented the superficial upper class. When she noticed that her daughter Gwendolen was going to be engaged to Mr. Worthing, the most she concerned was not whether the man really loved her
In the Victorian period, people live in harsh condition and modernism arrived in England. Working classes tried to develop their social class and condition, but the outstanding idea of that time was: each person who was born in social class can’t change his or her class. There were many differences between high and low class of society. For example, the theater was only belonged to the educated people and common people were not allowed to go to the theater or a person from low class can’t marry to one from high class. Here George Bernard Shaw as an active member of Fabian society, destroys all of these convictions and insists on the equality of people’s income and right especially equality of man and woman in society.
Austen extends her critique by highlighting social hypocrisy through ; she often creates an ironic tone through collateral speech in which the feelings and words of the characters mix with the echoes of the narrator. Austen focuses on gender roles, and highlights the lack autonomous movement a women had in nineteenth century England. Austen wrote, Pride and Prejudice, anonymously in the eighteenth century England in order to combat to combat sexism and prejudice. Women were a victim of gender and socio- economic gender considerations . Also, England favored men and provided them with the opportunity to be educated, and women on the other hand, were expected to be docile and subservient.
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.
arch 2018 The Importance of Being Earnest: Oscar Wilde’s Criticism on the Upper Class Using humor, cleverness, and style, Oscar Wilde illustrates the lives of the Victorian upper class in The Importance of Being Earnest. More specifically, the “Trivial Comedy for Serious People” reveals in a satirical manner the insignificant concerns of Great Britain’s aristocracy. In the introduction of The Picture of Dorian Gray and Other Writings, editor Richard Ellmann creates an overview of Wilde’s best known work. Describing how the play differs from the Irishman’s other writings, Ellmann assesses, “What seems clear is that Wilde has turned here from direct onslaughts upon conventional morality to a more olympian amusement” (xviii). Wilde utilizes the play as a criticism for the upper class, which demonstrates their ignorance towards ideas and situations that actually matter to the rest of British society.
Heidi Slettedahl Macpherson in her book The Cambridge Introduction to Margaret Atwood that since Elaine’s behaviour is learned and not innate, so it is a clear example of how socialization reifies behaviour, or makes what is constructed appear natural. Accordingly, one can see that Butler’s theories on performativity are what Elaine describes at this point: that gender is a performative and an imitating act. As she has grown up with her brother, she does not feel comfortable to play with