The Importance Of Being Ernest By Oscar Wilde Essay examples

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Rhetorical Analysis of The Importance of Being Ernest To be earnest is to be honest or sincere. Many people think of themselves as earnest, but are they really? The Importance of Being Earnest was a play written by Oscar Wilde first performed in 1895 during the Victorian era. Oscar Wilde was born October 16, 1854 in Dublin Ireland. Wilde lived during the Victorian era and after graduating from Oxford, moved to London. The Victorian era in which Wilde lived in, had a strict way to live by and values to help live this strict lifestyle. Through The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde is criticizing the Victorian era and all its values by providing humor to the audience, a trustworthy point of view, and facts about the Victorian era. The Victorian era was a time when men were gentlemen and women were ladies. This time put pressure on the people of the Victorian era by pushing them to be prim and proper. Those who were not following the Victorian values were often looked down upon or seen as not important. Those who did follow the VIctorian values were typically of higher class and seen as a gentleman or a lady.
This lifestyle that the Victorian society created brings up the main point of the play, The Importance of Being Earnest. Jack Worthing and his friend Algernon both are seen using Bunbury which is to be living a double live. Jack Worthing is seen using Bunbury first in the play, “Well, my name is Ernest in town and Jack in the country.” (Wilde, 12) Jack uses these…

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