Throughout the story of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, Oscar pointed out many oblivious actions done by the characters. He constantly used the characters to exaggerate actions of our society today. Wilde uses exaggerations to show how the characters were unable to be a complete individual without the face of the strict social expectations influencing their actions. Everywhere in the society, they are all unable to make their own decisions, and it is very hard for them to be truthful towards who they are without societal norms interfering causing them to lose all individuality. Wilde uses reversal to show how the characters actions were completely insane since they were trying to accommodate societal expectations. Wilde shows …show more content…
Wilde exaggerated the thoughts of Algernon to emphasize that they are unable to decide on their own without thinking of what the society would do. Algernon said how girls are “never” attracted to who they marrying, inferencing that even if someone said they were attracted to their spouse, they would be lying since it goes against the societal norms. While Miss Prism and Chasuble were talking, they both agreed marriage isn't really about love because in marriage,“ No married man is ever attractive except to his wife.” Chasuble- “And often, I’ve been told, not even to her” (63). According to the society norms, it was very rare that a married couple were actually attracted to each other. The individuals couldn’t have gone against the society expectations so, without caring about what they really want, they followed the expectations and married whoever. This shows they could not make any individual life choices without thinking of what everyone else would have done. Not only are the social expectations based on love but also small, foolish details. As Cecily and Gwendolen first meet, Cecily offered her cake to eat …show more content…
He shows that people want to impress others so they lie regarding who they are, causing them to lose individuality. Since they couldn’t make their own decisions, they had to lie to exceed others expectations. Jack had to change his whole identity to fit in with two different types of society, “Jack in country and Ernest in the city” (33). Since the expectations in the city were so particular, people felt the need to change their whole identity to fit in with everyone. Jack didn’t have to change himself but he made the decision because no one who have liked him if they knew who he really was. Not only do individuals change to meet the higher class standards, but they also change to meet the needs of the average class. “You are my little cousin Cecily, I’m sure” (60). Algernon wanted to marry Cecily and the only way of doing that, he thought, was by making a second identity. The last example how Wilde used exaggeration to show individuals couldn’t make decisions without the impact of society is when Lady Bracknell constantly lied regarding Jack being apart her family. Jack has never known who his mother or father was. In act III, Lady Bracknell admitted to knowing Jack is Algernon's cousin:”Yes, I remember now that the general was called Ernest. I knew I had some particular reason for disliking the name” (108). Lady Bracknell had a sense
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Throughout the story, when Algy and Cecily first meet, she does not take into account as to why Uncle Jack had never invited over his “brother” Ernest. Well, Algy, trying only to see Cecily, pretends to be “brother Ernest” and tries to trick poor Cecily into thinking that “brother John’s coldness to him is peculiarly painful” (Wilde 48). This, however, lures Cecily into pitying Algy. Now this is where she finds herself a “kept-man”, which is Algy. When the two of them tell Lady Bracknell of their engagement, she disapproves, but then when she finds out about Cecily’s small fortune of “a hundred and thirty thousand pounds in funds” (Wilde 78), she becomes much more
In The Importance of Being Earnest, characters frivolously accept the appearance of what is shown to them, but like many comedies it does not show the negative effects that it can bring. Gwendolen, one of the main characters in the comedy,
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.
The author is revealing that Jack is a man that would not say a statement in straightforward manner, but instead hesitates and gives hints to people. Jack is indirectly telling Lady Bracknell that he was left in a hand bag that was in good condition, and not in some broken hand bag. He is stating that his family, even though he
Relatively all authors are very fond of creating an underlying message to criticize society. Authors do this through social commentary. The book “The Picture of Dorian Gray” is no exception. The author, Oscar Wilde, criticizes the upper class through the consistent underlying idea that people are often deceived by one's beauty and are unable to understand the poison that fills the world is corrupting it. From the beginning of this book, the social commentary towards the upper class begins with the structure of the novel.
1. The Picture of Dorian Gray exhibits several aspects of the Victorian era, such as the gentility and decorum associated with the “Gentleman”. There are also references to various Victorian era works of art and literature. One Victorian era conflict was the Opium epidemic. On pages 86-90, Dorian goes to an Opium den, which is a specific instance of the Victorian influence.
This passage describes the engagement of two persons, Howard and Carol, who have known each other for only a short period of time. At first glance and how it has been told to the peers of Carol they were happily in love and the proposal was want every romantic could ever dream of. In reality neither Carol nor Howard are in love but are pressures into marriage because society forces them to
In the Victorian Era, there were repressive and suffocating norms. Many people were cultivating a double life to be able to escape from their restrictive obligations in a respectful way. In The Importance of being Earnest, Oscar Wilde creates scenes where the characters, Algernon Moncrieff and Jack Worthing, live secret lives to make a false impression about who they really are. Both characters are unsatisfied with their social lives by participating in boring dinners and living a typical Victorian family life, which leads them to create a double life that helps them escape from their social class. In Act 1, Algernon tells Jack, “You have invented a very useful younger brother called Ernest, in order that you may be able to come up to town
The Importance of Being Earnest is a representation of Oscar Wilde’s views and opinions on the upper class of the 1800’s. It is filled with epigrams and comedic aspects that convey his message in a facetious fashion. An example of this language is in a passage between page 34 and 35. This passage is where Jack and Algernon are discussing what leisure activity they shall partake in late that evening. The characters use the phrases; “I loathe listening” and “I can’t bear looking at things” in reply to suggestions of activity.
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.
From 1837- 1901s, Queen Victoria took her reign in British history. Living under the rigid and strict social moral standards, Victorian upper class seems to emphasize the importance of their manners and the vital of pursuit the most serious and sincere intense conviction in their life. However, in reality, Victorian upper class conceals the morally questionable behavior and their flaws through certain writers in Victoria Era. They criticize hypocrisy and dishonesty of characteristic so that emphasize the needs for change and social reform taking place in the society. In the play, The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde uses the comedic convictions of exaggeration, understatement, and irony to achieve a satirical portrait of Victorian
Through the use of the characters Algernon and Lady Bracknell, Wilde effectively tackles multiple Victorian ideals. Algernon serves as an attack on marriage, shown by his conversations with Lane and Jack, where he claims it is "demoralizing" and destroys true romance. Algernon also created an invalid character named Bunbury who allowed him to leave the city to care for him, which actually resulted in Algernon going to party without being bound by Victorian society. Lady Bracknell stands as a symbol of the strong sense of Victorian ideals present in the upper class of society. She proved to be a major obstruction to Gwendolen and Jack 's marriage due to her disapproval of Jack 's birth despite his love for Gwendolen and commitment to being married.
As a writer one is greatly influenced by their personal experiences with social, historical, and cultural context within their specific time period. Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray was shaped by the aspects of the world around him. The themes of the text are are influenced by morality in the Victorian Era. Throughout the Victorian Era a deeper movement was also prominent in London called Aestheticism. Aestheticism is the worship of beauty and self-fulfillment.
The Importance of Being Earnest contains many contains many characters that possess many different traits. In this play, Jack Worthing plays the protagonist and Lady Bracknell plays the antagonist. Although Jack Worthing is an interesting character, Lady Bracknell is one of the most memorable and satirical characters in Wilde’s play. Lady Bracknell is an arrogant, conservative, opinionated and ruthless woman that looks to rule the lives of others. Lady Bracknell is a very selfish and arrogant woman that always has to have her way.
During the Victorian era, according to J. Ziegenfuss, “ The husband-to-be had to prove that he could support his new wife in the lifestyle she was accustomed to.” (Ziegenfuss ) Wilde shows Lady Bracknell as being skeptical of Jack being able to provide for her daughter when she learns that he was found in a handbag with no family to account for at that