The Importance of Being Earnest

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  • The Importance Of Being Earnest Analysis

    saying, "Jack?... No, there is very little music in the name Jack, if any at all, indeed. The only really safe name is Ernest." Wilde deliberately uses farce in the play to exaggerate the mind frame of the upper class. It is seen here that Gwendolen loves Jack, but she places greater importance on silly, superficial and trivial matters such as a name, something a person has no control over. Similarly, Cecily also dreams of loving someone called "Ernest." She clearly states to Algernon, "There is something in that name that seems to inspire absolute confidence. I pity any poor married woman whose husband is not called Ernest." Again, Wilde is satirizing the institution of marriage, as it is not based on love, but on more vain superficial criteria. Although in this case there is exaggeration used to satirize the vanity of the aristocrats, Wilde still brings across the point that both Gwendolen and Cecily may have refused to marry the `men of their dreams' if their names weren't…

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  • Importance Of Being Earnest Analysis

    Annotated Bibliography: The Importance of Being Earnest Reinert, Otto. "Satiric Strategy in the Importance of Being Earnest." College English 18.1 (1956): 14-18. National Council of Teachers of English. JSTOR, Oct. 1956. Web. 5 July 2015. The main idea in this analysis of Wilde’s satire is to prove that Wilde does not just use satire for the sake of having his play being called a “farce,” rather he uses satirical strategy to enhance the experience of the play and how it differs from “normal”…

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  • The Importance Of Being Earnest Character Analysis

    Oscar Wide reveals that it is difficult to tell the truth even if try to, because the truth will never be so simple. Once all of the lies been told who would believe the truth. Oscar Wilde wrote comedy melodrama play “The Importance of Being Earnest” which is his perception of the rigid Victorian social norms and values. Also the word “Earnest” plays a significant role in the play. According to Brigitte Bastiat, Oscar Wilde uses his characters to express’s his deviance of the Victorian social…

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  • Wilde And Oliver Parker's The Importance Of Being Earnest

    creating a film adaptation of a play, one must confront the various requirements of a new industry. For longer plays one may have to trim dialogue or may have to edit the text to make it more digestible to a more modern audience. Similarly, another aspect would be the director who is essentially a random variable as they all vary from person to person. Directors often face a dilemma while trying decide if they will try to make their work distinct or make few changes to stay true to the original…

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  • Hypocrisy In Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest

    Webster’s dictionary defines earnest as a serious and intent mental state. This definition of earnest brings to mind many respected people who have influenced society in a positive manner. Oscar Wilde takes advantage of these initial reactions to the thought of being earnest to spin a story of Victorian Era upper class practices to challenge the world he lived in. Through his play The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde uses the notion of being earnest to display the absurdity that is…

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  • The Importance Of Being Earnest Humour Analysis

    Writing Task The use of satirical humor in “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde Throughout the play, Oscar Wilde uses satirical humor to ridicule and deride the members of the Victorian aristocracy. Wilde criticizes certain aspects of society, mocking social conventions such as marriage. This can be seen in the play when Jacks confides to Algernon that he is in love with Gwendolen and that he has come to town to propose to her, and Algernon replies that he thought that Jack…

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  • Lady Bracknell In The Importance Of Being Earnest

    In the play “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde, witticism is used in characterization and in the satire of the Victorian Aristocracy. Characterization is used to describe characters and their personalities. Witticism, a literary tone, is used as a cleverly witty and often biting or ironic remark. Satire, a literary tone, is used to ridicule or make fun of human vice or weakness, often with the intent of correcting or changing, the subject. When you read the title of the literary…

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  • The Importance Of Being Earnest Fact Analysis

    In Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, the characters often engage in quick, witty remarks towards one another. Yet beneath their comic front, these characters’ words subtly challenge the reality we think we live in, demanding the we see beyond what we have come to accept. When Lady Bracknell asks Algernon how he has been behaving and Algernon replies he has been feeling well, Lady Bracknell remarks, “that’s not quite the same thing. In fact the two things rarely go together”…

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  • Theme Of Honesty And Lies In The Importance Of Being Earnest

    Student name Professor Course Date The Importance of Being Earnest: Honesty vs. Lies “The Importance of Being Ernest” by Oscar Wilde was first played in 1895 at the St James’s Theatre in London. The major theme that the play revolves around is trivial notions that critical institutions like marriages are being shown. In other words, it was a satire of the Victorian ways. The play is a farcical comedy, and the protagonists of the play employ made-up personalities to escape their lives. The lies…

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  • Satire In Oscar Wilde's The Importance Of Being Earnest

    Oscar Wilde is well known for the satire involved within his plays. The Importance of Being Earnest is not an exception to this. Wilde created a brilliant comedy that mocked different aspects of the Victorian lifestyle and unrealistic ideals. Part of the brilliance within this satirical piece is that Wilde mocked the very people that constructed his audience. While the play may be mocking of its own audience, it also draws them in by creating a relatable unrealistic world. In order to…

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