This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

For What Dramatic Purposes Does Wilde Use Food In 'the Importance Of Being Earnest'?

849 words - 3 pages

Magda Jentgen

Magda Jentgen

English 11/11/2009

Edward Thomas "Rain"

How does the poet express despair in `Rain'?

In the poem `Rain' the poet, Edward Thomas, uses different poetics, such as ; rhyme scheme, alliteration, metaphors, diction, as well as merging of images to convey the message of despair.

E. Thomas has created a broken rhyme scheme in the poem `Rain', which shows us how the poets thoughts are all disorganized and in a sense `broken' just like the rhyme scheme. The rhyme is between words such as "rain" "pain" and "again" they are not the last words of a line or all in a pattern, they are `thrown' to a certain extent in random places in the poem. However when we read the poem aloud we notice them and realize that they represent the poets thoughts, and how they are messed up and partly `broken.'

When the poet says "that the rain rains" he uses alliteration and this emphasizes the fact that the poet is depressed and feels despair as the alliteration adds to the image of continuity and repetition which run all through the poem and show how the poet is stuck in his own mind and can't escape.

The poet has compared himself to "a cold water" and the soldiers to "reeds." In this context the water is life and when he says himself "cold" we notice that he already sees himself as dead which further implies the message of despair. He has compared the soldiers to reeds, they are hard to break and there are usually a lot of them in one place, so he might be hoping that the others survive what he knows he can't.

When the poet repeats the word "and" it emphasizes the fact that the narrator knows that he is stuck "among the living and the dead" and that there always is something more coming for him and how he is never going to get out. He also repeats words like "death", "dead" and other words like ; "helplessness" "cold water" and "midnight" that help him convey the message of despair and sorrow. The poet mentioning "rain" in the poem 7 times creates the image of continuity and...

Find Another Essay On For what dramatic purposes does Wilde use food in 'The Importance Of Being Earnest'?

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

1169 words - 5 pages The Importance of Being Earnest was one of Wilde’s Victorian melodramas. There are plenty elements of satire, intellectual travesty, a comic take on Victorian manners and an appealing superficial-ness that makes it a light comedy. Behind this charade of humor though lie deeper, more serious undertones. The play is a take at the extreme hypocrisy and cloying moralism’s that were distinct marks of the Victorian era. In Act I of The Important of

Hypocrisy of the Aristocracy in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

1680 words - 7 pages Oscar Wilde satires the hypocrisy and stupidity2 of the strict Victorian aristocracy through the characters in The Importance of Being Earnest. It can be argued that the women of the play usurp the masculine power and this itself is what makes up the comedy as it would have been humorous to a patriarchal audience. Lady Bracknell is the archetypal of the absolute height of a society woman while both Gwendolyn and Cecily’s characters show

Satirical Comments in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

1160 words - 5 pages expresses the concern of people trying to maintain a higher social status through Gwendolyn and her reasoning on why she chooses what she wants. Oscar Wilde pokes fun at the concern with Victorian society within “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Oscar Wilde makes many satirical comments in the play. Oscar Wilde displays many incongruous statements in dialogue between the characters shown in the play. One quote of incongruity that Oscar Wilde

Matriarchal Figures in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and Persuasion by Jane Austen

2761 words - 11 pages Matriarchal Figures in The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and Persuasion by Jane Austen ‘A dominant female member of the family’[1] is often described as a matriarch. Lady Bracknell in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ and Lady Russell in ‘Persuasion’ fulfill this role therefore can be described as matriarchs, and as such they play vital roles. They affect the lives of Gwendolen and Anne, by imposing their beliefs on them

The Importance of Being Earnest

1402 words - 6 pages Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is a timeless comedy of manners in which two young, light-hearted men, pretend their names are ‘Ernest’ in a bid to impress their love interests, who both believe the name Ernest bestows magical qualities on the possessor. Throughout the play, Wilde uses a mix of social drama, melodrama and farce to appeal to the audience. Through his gentle use of parody Wilde is able to ridicule his contemporaries

The Importance of Being Earnest

1503 words - 7 pages It has been said that ‘Comedy, beginning in turmoil but ending in harmony, celebrates life.’ and this is the general idea with ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ Wilde proves that this comedy of manners does conform to this model. As Lady Bracknell tries to prolong the resolution and tries to prevent the marriage between Jack and Gwendolyn, she can be seen as a ‘gorgon’ because she refuses to let Gwendolyn marry Jack. Despite this, She may be

The Importance of Being Earnest

1485 words - 6 pages Russell Jackson asserts that in The Importance of Being Earnest, 'Wilde simultaneously engaged with and mocked the forms and rules of society' To what extent is Wilde's play critical of society? The Importance of Being Earnest: a Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play written by, author, poet and playwright Oscar Wilde in 1894 and debuted at St James's Theatre in London in 1895. The Importance of Being Earnest is Wilde's most eminent work

Exploring Social Class in Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe and The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

1673 words - 7 pages station of life is the best station, with The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde, mocks the upper bourgeoisie, he portrays them as arrogant, hypocrites, and shallow, he also derides their values. ' I was born in the year 1632, in the city of York of a good family, tho' not of that country, my father being a foreigner of Bremen, who settled first at Hull: he got a good estate by merchandise, and leaving off his trade, lived afterwards at

The Importance of Being Earnest

1037 words - 5 pages ). And it is this play, written by Irish playwright Oscar Wilde, which mocks and exposes the carefully constructed façade of British high society. As with any play, though, The Importance of Being Earnest has two settings: then and now. The challenge for the production team at Ball State University was to center the play on a theme relevant to both settings. The theme that they chose hearkens back to the debate of whether style or sincerity is

The Importance of Being Earnest - 745 words

745 words - 3 pages The morals of the Victorian Era gained renown for their strict socials roles that existed for both men and women. However, Oscar Wilde rejected these morals as he not only wrote characters but also acted as a character who flippantly disregarded the strict moral code. In his play The Importance of Being Earnest, Wilde elicits a thoughtful laughter through the constant hypocrisy and non-sequitous behaviours of Lady Bracknell. Wilde uses her to

Brahm Stoker and Oscar Wilde: Sexual and Social Identity in "Dracula" and "The Importance of Being Earnest"

1990 words - 8 pages named Bunbury in order to act out indulgences outside of his normal life (which is an allusion to the way Wilde had separate his private and public self, and hide his true sexual identity). Though both sexual and social identity are closely intertwined, it is evident that through 'The Importance of Being Earnest' Wilde makes two distinct connections: that the aristocratic society had fixed views and roles for both men and women when it came to

Similar Essays

To What Extent Is Wilde Satirising Victorian Society In; “The Importance Of Being Earnest And How Does This Add To The Comedy?

1416 words - 6 pages Oscar Wildes ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’’ is believed by many to be his most genius work and certainly has withstood the test of time. The play is set in London during the 1890’s in which time frame aristocracy and upper class held the majority of the countries wealth. Many of the comical aspects question the morals of the upper class in which he satirises throughout the play. One method of this, for instance is through one of the main

Play: The Importance Of Being Earnest, By Oscar Wilde

1219 words - 5 pages Marriage in The Importance of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest is a play by Oscar Wilde. Oscar describes his play as A Trivia comedy for serious people. The protagonists in the play maintains being fictitious in order to escape burdensome social obligations. The play is lighthearted with flippant comments and offhand jokes, however the play contains serious undertones and social commentary about marriage and the society. Oscar

The Importance Of Being Earnest, By Oscar Wilde

1454 words - 6 pages In The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde revealed that animalistic traits can tint a character’s intellectual attributes. All of the characters possess an overwhelming desire which seems to diminish their morality. Wilde uses Jack Worthing’s animalistic behaviors to reveal that his animal self is damaging his intellectual self. The play is presented to show that the characters retain an exaggerated pleasure with food, which shows their

Oscar Wilde V/S "The Importance Of Being Earnest"

1265 words - 5 pages Earnest can be protected from the public and the critics who may use morbid as an adjective when describing Oscar Wilde’s work.IVThe Language in The importance of being EarnestIn this play, the character’s use of language may be analyzed as an immense social mock. Wilde, using his great lexical knowledge, puts in the mouths of all characters a refined and extremely witty vocabulary. These characters have no shame in using this vocabulary to