The Importance Of The Love Triangle In Oscar Wilde's Play

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alone, he asks her why she does not refuse Ko-Ko if she does not love him and she replies, “He’s my guardian, and he wouldn’t let me marry you!” (1.1.464-465). It is evident that both characters love each other, but because Yum-Yum is a woman and too young to say anything about her engagement, the law reinforces the love triangle, as she is legally linked to Ko-Ko. As a result, the triangle does not help create positive relationships, but instead, it prevents them from being a happy couple. The play also shows that the love triangle is not a permanent structure, but a temporary one. One side of the triangle always comes out more successful than the other, as Ko-Ko tells Nanki-Poo after agreeing to his request, “Take her – she’s yours!” (1.1.705). At this moment, because Ko-Ko surrenders …show more content…
However, even though Gilbert and Sullivan’s play do not share the same beliefs on the love triangle as Wilde’s play, they both produce a similar romantic rivalry.
In both plays, they exaggerate and make previous scenes dramatic as a way to build up to a certain point, where it seems like there will be some sort of romantic rivalry. Instead, something unexpected, and positive always happens. In “The Importance of Being Earnest,” the romantic rivalry builds between Gwendolen and Cecily, as they argue over Ernest. They are both portrayed in the play as two women that are obsessed with this imaginary figure, where Gwendolen explains how she pities “any woman who is married to a man called John” (Wilde 307) and Cecily shares the same beliefs by saying how she pities “any poor married woman whose husband is not called Ernest” (Wilde 332). It is clear that neither woman can be persuaded into marrying a man not named Ernest and by creating two characters that are equally crazy, it slowly builds up tension and suspense, as distance between the two of them decrease and they

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