Lady Bracknell The Importance Of Being Earnest Analysis

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Dr. Q
Honors English
The Fundamental Actress of The Importance of Being Earnest- Dame Judi Dench “The Importance of Being Earnest” is a British comedy written by Oscar Wilde, which was transposed into a movie by the director Oliver Parker in 2002. Lady Augusta Bracknell is a dominant character which has a profound impact in both play and movie; her role is essential. She symbolizes the stereotypical upper-class woman during the Victorian Age. She is the tool through which Oscar Wilde wanted to criticize and ridicule the conservative and restrictive rules and etiquettes of the Victorian Age. In the film, the role of Lady Bracknell was given to Dame Judi Dench, one of the most celebrated British actresses. In my opinion, her
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Her authority has made her judgmental, arrogant, conservative and realistic; she despite anyone who is below her class even though he or she is rich. However, she was not born an aristocrat; she was a social climber. "When I married Lord Bracknell I had no fortune of any kind. But I never dreamed for a moment of allowing that to stand in my way" (III.77). Therefore, in her opinion, marriage is more like an alliance for social security and property instead of true love. As a consequence, Lady Bracknell is the opposition of the couples in the play. The couples could only get married with her agreement. She is stubborn when facing to statues. On the other hand, she is a lonely woman who remains alone in the play, she spends life on holding parties, gossiping and arranging …show more content…
As a mother, she desires to find a suited man for her dearest daughter and does not want her to have suffered. She has a list of qualified men in the town. Dame Judi Dench has invited Jack to her house and has a little interview with her. It was very formal; there are two friends besides her to evaluate the young man. She takes note and has responses after Jack’s given answer. She has a bell near her; she may ring it whenever she is not satisfied with the interviewer. When Dame Judi Dench hears that Jack is an orphan, she is astonished. She opens her eyes widely and knits her brows. She pours a breath to show her shock and upset. “Lady Bracknell: You can hardly imagine that I and Lord Bracknell would dream of allowing our only daughter—a girl brought up with the utmost care—to marry into a cloak-room, and form an alliance with a parcel? Good morning, Mr. Worthing!” (:Act 1). She tears out those notes that she has taken and throws them to the ground. As Jack tells her agitatedly that he has no way to find his parent, Lady Bracknell stood up and started at Jack indignantly. She stresses the words “cloak-room” and “parcel” to show her rejection. She rings the bell immediately and uses “Good Morning”(Act 1) to inform Jack to leave. When he walks away, she starts feeling dizzy and almost falls down; she closes her eyes with her hands holding her head and

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