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.
Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray: The Lust for Our True Character The struggle to seem perfect on the outside is ever so present in today’s society. The desire to project an unrealistic version of ourselves, striving to mask our insecurities with layers of falsehood. The Victorian era is known for its beautiful women, art and architecture. Beneath the surface it is all false portrayals full of pretend actions and untruthful ideas in order to uphold their aestheticism. Victorian authors used the idea of “destructive doppelgangers”, showing parallels in contemporary cultures of the falsity.
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.
In reference to Oscar Wildes novel/social critique "The Picture of Dorian Gray" seen in Figure G, the main character Dorian Gray embodies the ultimate aesthetic lifestyle by pursuing personal gratification. Yet, while he enjoys these indulgences, his behaviour eventually kills him and others, and he dies unhappier than ever. Rather than an advocate for pure aestheticism - Dorian Gray is a story in which Wilde illustrates the dangers of the aesthetic philosophy when not practiced with good taste. Aestheticism, Wilde argues that it too often aligns itself with immorality, resulting in a precarious philosophy that must be practiced deliberately (Dugan). This book is important in this argument because the character of Dorian Gray and the story of his profound degeneration provides a case study which examines the viability of a purely
The depiction of politicians contributes to the tearing down of their image and credibility by portraying them as radical upper class who refuse to change their ideas for anyone, even the people. Satirical depictions of politicians facilitate comedy and simultaneously help destroy any ethos they maintained in the eyes of the reader, for example, “how they will be able to find food and raiment for an hundred thousand useless mouths and backs” (Pg: 415). The best way to make yourself seem more credible is to diminish the credibility of others which is all that is needed to establish ethos in this
Oscar Wilde’s mocking the Victorian way of life in “The Importance of Being Earnest” The Victorian age, which occurs, as its name says, during the time Queen Victoria ruled, is known for prudish, sanctimonious, and hypocritical behaviour of the people who lived at that specific period of time. Victorian people were often living double lives in order to maintain their appearance as moral and ideal in the eyes of the society but also to have fun and joy in “wrongdoings” without being marked as immoral, irresponsible and less than their society impose. This way of life Victorian people lived Oscar Wilde successfully mocks in his play The Importance of Being Earnest. The way Wilde mocks this lifestyle of the society he lived is by creating double
Midterm Essay Stephen King said it best when he said: “The trust of the innocent is the liar’s most powerful tool.”. People use others’ innocence as a way to get them to believe what they believe. They use their viridity and naive innocence against them and thus strip them of their innocence until someone comes along and shows them the harsh reality of the world that they live in. In Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee William, Antigone by Sophocles and Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, the protagonists start off with innocence that eventually gets taken away as they gain more knowledge about their world and the situations they are in; or more information about how flawed they are as an individual or as a society. Guy Montag, more commonly
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
Chris Wiley, in his essay, “Fooling Around: The Court Jesters of Shakespeare” divides the fools into three categories: ‘Clowns’, who turn farce into precise science, ‘Dunces’, who use their lack of intelligence as the medium of human and the princes of fooling, and ‘court jesters’ who turn fooling around into a respectable position. He calls the jester, a ‘restrained down” and an “educated dunces”. Critic Roger Ellis has observed that the fools were frequently given the reign to comment on society and their action changes the social view, Shakespearean fools demonstrate a subversive potential. Critic Roberta Mullini argued that such characters can be constructed as disrupting the traditional
In this age people felt happy and free of ties that brought them down to poverty and chains.Then enlightenments role led to production to the french revolution according to Burke it was conspiracy of the men of letters (Krammick,Isaac xx).Science uncontrollably grew very unstable, thus fueling the enlightenment age.Conservatives always thought that the enlightenment was a joke.They stated that the enlightenment was missing a vital ideal of human reason and it missed its reason (Krammick,Isaac xix).The enlightenment was a reactant in which produced two groups the Marx and Engles. A group call Marxism had different feelings or contradictory ideas toward the enlightenment . Marx and Engels assumed that it was certain to happen in history and they approved anything related to science. Engels once wrote about the enlightenment stating “was nothing more than an idealized kingdom of the bourgeois” (Kramnick,Isaac xxi).Therefore stating it was a dream of the intellectual bourgeois which were born into a noble family. As the twentieth century approached two wars erupted between the Holocaust and the Stalins