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

1265 words - 5 pages

IWhen analyzing Oscar Wilde’s work within the context of Victorian times, I can assure that this author was the most important transgressor of his time. Oscar Wilde defied normal standards and created works of art that criticized his reality, but with a touch of glamour and style that cautioned the audiences in those and nowadays. The importance of being Earnest produces these glamorous scenes full of wit and style, reproducing Victorian characters but with no Victorian attitude and not in a Victorian style. English people in the late XIX century didn’t speak like the characters in this play. Obviously, elegant people of that time would have loved to speak like these characters, especially for their wit, but they lack these smart and fluid conversations. Since characters act and say things a normal Victorian would love to act and say, we can enjoy these dialogues and laugh at Victorian typical men and women. The title is also important in the critique that we can see in this play, since the Victorian man considered himself very earnest, even though most of them were probably not.The selfish Giant is Wilde’s fairy story that I read. It was hard to picture Wilde writing this story as a critique rather than a simple fairy tale. This tale also describes the selfish Man in Wilde’s society. In his essay, The soul of man under socialism, Wilde gives us a deeper view of English and European society in Victorian days by describing its relationship with art and the changes that the later has gone through from older times.IIIt’s quite difficult to choose a meaningful scene in The importance of being Earnest, since several are my favorite ones. The final scene when Jack finds out that his name is really Ernest, serves as a perfect conclusion, especially since we don’t know if he discovers the importance of being Ernest or earnest. I think he has no intention of discovering the later due to the fact that Bunburying is extremely convenient. This scene shows us a brilliant end for a play in which all the characters act rather awkward, but find out that their awkwardness doesn’t lead to tragic ends. I think that the final act in a comedy is the most important one and it depends on this act if the comedy succeeds or not. The characters, who one might think have learnt their lessons, end up the same as they started; they have no intention to change their habits which were the ones that got them into trouble. Finally, an argument against selecting this act as the most meaningful one could be that all the action and the conflicts are solved by this time. The final act can be seen as a mere conclusion that doesn’t have the same humor and wit that the rest of the play.IIIWilde refers to the word “morbid” as the lack of expression. The people that use the word morbid to describe art do not have a clear expression or intention; hence they become the morbid ones. The artist is never morbid since s/he always has an...

Find Another Essay On Oscar Wilde V/S "The Importance of Being Earnest"

Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest

588 words - 2 pages In “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, humor functions through the use of Characterization and the social satire of the Victorian period. Characterization is the method an author uses to reveal or describe characters and their various personalities. Satire is a literary tone used to ridicule or make fun of human vice or weakness, often with the intent of correcting, or changing, the subject of the satirical attack. These two

Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest

1823 words - 7 pages In Oscar Wilde’s satire, The Importance of Being Earnest, he engages the audience with a profound amount of conflicting dialogue starting with the title. The importance of being Ernest is quite a different meaning than the importance of being earnest. Wilde demonstrates a considerable amount of wit to unfold the importance of being both Ernest and earnest. The play centers on a young man named Jack, who incidentally has created an alter ego

Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest

3042 words - 12 pages Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde is a legendary author who has composed many great plays including The Green Carnation and A Woman of No Importance, however, The Importance of Being Earnest was undoubtedly the most famous of his works. First published in 1930, yet acknowledged since the late 1800s, The Importance of Being Earnest helped to revive the theater tradition of Congreve and Sheridan. The story is a

A Tale Of Three Classes. A Marxist Criticism on 'The Importance of Being Earnest' by Oscar Wilde

1396 words - 6 pages as the play 'The Importance of Being Earnest' by Oscar Wilde. In this play Wilde display's the class structure with a different and interesting twist. He makes a reflection on the society with his own sense of humor, but however it still leaves a very good opportunity to make a Marxist critique about the way the class structure influences the play. He leaves room for these critiques when he writes about the servants, the nobles, and the middle

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

1990 words - 8 pages Stoker and Wilde conveyed one main shared view through "The Importance of Being Earnest" and "Dracula": that Victorian society feared the expression of true sexual and social identity.Oscar Wilde was a homosexual author during the Victorian time period that used his characters as tools to show how society suppressed sexual and social identities. In "The Importance of Being Earnest", Wilde makes evident through characters such as Jack and Gwendolyn the

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

1673 words - 7 pages poor. This essay will ask how Literature can reinforce dominant ideas about class and how it can also undermine them. To answer this question this essay will first focus on Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe and will then turn to The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. With Robinson Crusoe, Defoe, gives his own definition of class, according to him the world is divided into civilized people and savages. Defoe also emphasizes that the middle

Review of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

860 words - 3 pages Review of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest The play The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde definitely proved itself to be “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.” I saw the play at State University’s State Theatre. The play was long, in a three-act structure, yet it moved along at a good pace. They did a nice job of preparing the audience, there was an interesting lobby display with sketches of each of the costumes

Satire in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

1990 words - 8 pages Satire in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest is a comedy of manners, whereby Oscar Wilde uses satire to ridicule marriage, love and the mentality of the Victorian aristocratic society. It can also be referred to as a satiric comedy. What is a satire and what is Oscar Wilde trying to emphasize by employing it in his play? A satiric comedy ridicules political policies or attacks deviations from

Compare how settings and societies are essential to the mood in 'The Great Gatsby' by F Scott Fitzgerald and 'The Importance of Being Earnest' by Oscar Wilde

2916 words - 12 pages Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest' and F Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby' are set in different historical and cultural contexts. However, there are common themes and moods that both writers create within these different settings to help convey their social comments. But there are also some important differences in how mood is created and in the themes presents to the readers and audiences. This exploration of the moods created

Portrayal of Pride, ego and manipulation in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare and The Importance of being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.

2664 words - 11 pages asks her if the name Jack would suffice, she explains that the name Jack has no music or vibration to it. She says that she finds that name really plain. We know that earnest means sincere. Hence, we can infer through the title that what Oscar Wilde is trying to tell us the importance of being sincere and truthful. We can also infer that all women want someone sincere as their husband when Gwendolen says that it would be ideal for her to marry

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

Similar Essays

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

"The Importance Of Being Earnest" By Oscar Wilde: Algernon Montcrieff A Character Analysis

1329 words - 5 pages , 63) is clearly proven.Works Cited:Daniel, A. M. "Wilde the Writer: Wilde's Plays." Palgrave Advances in Oscar Wilde Studies. Ed. Frederick S. Roden. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. 54-71.Wilde, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1990.

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