Essay on A Man Of No Importance
A Man of No Importance is a musical about a young man, Alfie, and his journey of self discovery. Alfie realizes that he is gay, when at the time the play was set, this was a very unpopular idea. Alfie’s story mirrors that of Oscar Wilde, Alfie’s hero.
A Man of No Importance is set in Dublin, Ireland in 1964. This impacts the characters in many ways. There are small cultural aspects that are affected by this. For instance, the characters speak with a Dublin accent, use slang from that time period and place (such as use of the word “mates”), and other cultural aspects, such as clothes and architecture. Irish pubs are common there, and the design of the bus is very much the same as buses in Dublin, Ireland. Larger, more crucial aspects of the play are also affected by this place and time. For instance, the treatment of the gay community at the time of the conflict for the main character, Alfie, is harshly different from today’s acceptance. Were the community more openly accepting, he doubtless would have had a much easier time coming out to his friends and family, and he would not have been beaten by Brenton Beret and his friends. The presence and power of the church at that time was very strong. This controlled Alfie’s ability to put on his plays. It also controlled various aspects of the characters lives, such as Mr. Carney feeling like he has “helped” Alfie by telling on him to the church about the matters in the play.
Many of the characters in A…