Oftentimes in literature what it not said is just as important as what the character actually does say. Themes Themes are the fundamental and often universal ideas explored in a literary work. Wilde thought high class people are. The making of public health data: paradigms, politics, and policy. Lady Bracknell finds his answer satisfactory because it means that he is a Tory, or a conservative.
Lane's views on marriage seem somewhat lax. Moreover, their shared desire to marry someone named Ernest demonstrates that their romantic dreams hinge upon titles and not character. Gwendolen, learning from her mother, is totally self-absorbed and definite about what she wants. She fell in love with him on the spot. The writer uses the theory of social classes by Mark Weber and close-reading method to analyze the play. The characters who embrace triviality and wickedness are the ones who may have the greatest chance of attaining seriousness and virtue.
I was lucky to find it on YouTube in the 1986 full length movie starring: Paul McGann, Rupert Frazer, Joan Plowright, Amanda Redman and Natalie Ogle. Why Jack took the name Earnest? Jack, and Gwendolen alone are not accountable for the shallowness and artificiality that degrades the society. Bibliography As previously stated, Wilde's main purpose for writing The Importance of Being Ernest was to mock the rich. Miss Cardew seems to me a most attractive young lady, now that I look at her. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. In this direction of obeying the sovereign tyranny of the fashion she lost even a remnant of courage to assert her will.
This love devoid of emotional depth is satirized by Wilde in the play. On this particular evening, to honor Wilde's aestheticism, the women wore lily corsages, and the young men wore lilies of the valley in their lapels. Abstract This paper revisits a landmark study of the prevalence of mental illness in the state of Massachusetts conducted by Edward Jarvis in the 19th century. He makes the women look almost stupid and the men look like pigs. French songs I cannot possibly allow.
In daily life, what does Jack do to make himself more acceptable to Lady Bracknell? That is quite a different matter. Wilde's satire here is gentle and humorous, chiding a society for its self-importance. He wrote about how young men then, loved to sit idle and wanted to have fun most of the time and live a life of extravagance. Algernon does not pay because he is obviously an over-spending dandy. What does the society get from those people who fall in love out of the magical, charm of name only? This haughty trend available in the upper middle class people is critically exposed by Wilde in this play.
In the mind of a rich individual, servants were not people, but tools used to maintain that individual's position in society. Lane's attitude in the beginning of the play is not what is to be expected of a servant based on historical evidence. The only difference between a servant and a fur coat was that the fur coat was probably given more respect. She is the unswerving representation of the aristocratic class that separates itself from the lower class. If strict moral values leave no room for question, a society loses much of what is known as humanity. The Victorian morality is slightly hinted at by Wilde in a satirical manner.
The purpose of this writing is to analyze the upper class lifestyle of British society in Victorian era reflected in the drama. Another aspect of society that is satirized is the secret reality of how the upper classes enjoy living above their means. What Wilde wants us to see as truly moral is really the opposite of earnestness: irreverence. Jack and Algernon both create personas to be free. He knows it clearly that modern Victorian lady in urban society falls quickly in love with a man named Earnest.
Wilde uses a large part, if not all of The Importance of Being Earnest, to examine and mock the rich and their beliefs. Oscar Wilde takes the opportunity to insert many examples of popular thought, revealing bias, social bigotry, thoughtlessness and blind assumptions. The very title of the play is a double-edged comment on the phenomenon. They do it so well in the daily papers. The Importance of Being Earnest: Exploring the attitudes of the rich towards the poor and of the poor towards the rich. The moral consciousness of the Victorian people can be known a bit from the religious commitment of Dr. Their personal view of men are skewed and unrealistic because of these fantasies.