Oscar Wilde 's The Importance Of Being Earnest Essay

775 Words Mar 28th, 2016 4 Pages
Victorian Satire in Oscar Wilde’s ”The Importance of Being Earnest.” Victorian era ideals are littered throughout Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Whether it be the act of bunburying, the prominence behind one’s name, or the suitability of someone in another’s hand in marriage, all are visited in this play in some form or another. Points of importance to Victorian culture are found quite trivial within the lines of this work published near the end of the same era, especially when portrayed through the author’s comedic interpretation of the day’s societal norms. Surely, the satire found within the play must have caused a deep self reflection in the hearts and minds of its intended audience themselves, the Victorians. Early on in the play is revealed one’s objective to get away from societal norms in the form of what the plays character Algernon explains as Bunburying. Algernon himself tells his friend Jack, that he invented an “invalid called Bunbury, in order that I may be able to go down into the country whenever I choose” (Wilde 94). Jack himself is also confirmed a Bunburyist, under the guise Ernest, only his aim is to spend time away from the country to play in the city (Wilde 80-94). Both parties are using Bunburying as an excuse to be away from their own respective social engagements, so that they can frolic, in a sense, where they are in fact, unknown. Reinert explains this, Bunburyism, in the wider sense as being “serious about not being…

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