The Importance Of Being Earnest Essay

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1.) At the beginning of the play, Algernon says to Lane, "I don't play accurately--any one can play accurately--but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life."
In what ways does this statement reflect the Aesthetic Movement, which embodied Wilde’s artistic (literary) philosophy? What can you infer about Algernon's character by this statement, and how do the values and beliefs expressed explain his behavior in the play? At what points does Algernon’s behavior connect with the Aesthetic Movement?

In the Importance of Being Earnest, many characters embody the central idea around the Aesthetic Movement. The Aesthetic Movement was a literary movement that took place in the mid-nineteenth century in which artists rebelled against the traditional Victorian views and focused their literature on finding the beauty in art. They threw off the burden of holding a deeper, moral message, and focused on the idea of “art for art’s sake”. Throughout the play, Wilde perfectly embodies aestheticism through Algernon and the ideals he holds. At the beginning of the play, Algernon says to Lane, “I don't play accurately--any one can play accurately--but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned,
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She is very stubborn and naive in her acts of love. Gwendolen’s love experience throughout the play is quite humorous, her overall conception of love is skewed. This is first exemplified in her first scene in which Jack proposes. First she says, “and my ideal has always been to love someone of the name of Ernest” (ln 515). 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
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