The Importance Of Being Wild Analysis

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When Films Get Wilde A look back on the 2002 adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Wild. At the turn of the 20th century, Oscar Wilde's star flickered out in the French Country side leaving one last bit of witticism to tide the world over until his plays would come back into popularity; or more aptly society stopped putting a block on his works. The overall sum of his 46 years mostly resides in the unique way he could turn a phrase and write entertaining stories where all the action comes from people talking; in this he was a genius, arguably the best. Once his plays were finally brought back into regular circulation and repertoires, they became beloved and challenging pieces for theatre companies. While comedy abounds throughout the texts­− mostly because Wilde used every ounce of his being for the amusement of others− to get to the comedy takes skill. No good joke is worth anything if the set-up, delivery, and reaction do not work together. Wilde's writing is rich and complex. The wording alone takes skill to get the right words in the right place, but add to it the fact that nearly every line of dialogue is an epigram− a witty saying− and should stand out, but not in the way of the next…show more content…
The story revolves around a man named Jack who has a city persona, Earnest, that wishes to marry a beautiful young lady named Gwendolen whom is the cousin of his friend Algernon. The main conflict comes from Lady Bracknell, Gwendolen's mother, telling Jack that if he cannot figure out who his parents were, as he is an adopted son of a wealthy man, then the two cannot marry. Within this plot lies the fact that Jack's name is not Earnest, and that Algernon wants to marry Jack's adopted-niece Cecily. The story falls into the Well-Made Play category of intrigue, miscommunications, love, and last-minute notations that spin the story towards its unknowable, yet perfectly happy
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