Along with its absurtdities and improbabilities in its plot, Wilde is trying to present his pesona ridiculously, when actually he doesn't really ridicule them. And we're not the only ones. He pretends to have an ill friend named Bunbury, whom he must visit, when he wishes to escape the country. Dickens concentrated on the poor, Darwin wrote his theory of evolution describing the survival of the fittest, and Thomas Hardy wrote about the Naturalist Theory of man stuck in the throes of fate. For this reason, Wilde questions whether the more important or serious issues of the day are overlooked in favor of trivial concerns about appearance. Algernon admits that he has the same habit, and he refers to it as Bunburying.
The major conflict is resolved, ironically, when Jack discovers his true identity is his false identity: he was really named Ernest when he was born. In the meantime, Algernon prepares to come to Cecily as the man of her dreams, Ernest. The outcome of conflicts in drama can reveal values in a play more than the actual conflicts themselves can. Almost thirty years ago during her daily walk, she mistakenly put baby Jack in her handbag and the novel in the stroller. Likewise, Wilde also exposed to view the rebellious nature of daughters and how in that era girls wanted no control of parents. These two are played up immensely to present a very humorous approach to cultural criticism. The West End was also a red-light district filled with brothels that could provide any pleasure.
Oscar Wilde knew the upper class, and he knew that the lives they lead were so dry, boring, concerned with manners and customs, and so perfectly earnest that it was almost inhuman. Jack proposes to Gwendolen and she accepts, claiming also that she could not love him if his name were not Ernest, which she still believes it to be. The men return and clear up the matter. In this case, Jack is portrayed. Jack unexpectedly appears he was supposed to be out of town until Monday and claims that his brother Ernest has died.
It is the only thing that makes me put up with them at all. It's a witty Wilde phrase that refers to pretending to have a prior engagement. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. Morals and Morality- various characters flaunt the moral structures of the day; ex. And boy does that statement echo throughout his career. At present, the television and the news show sides of life that are either obvious or not in most viewers.
All the characters in The Importance of Being Earnest are Bunburying in one way or another. This shows the Victorian societies real values. Some share the same values, and some have conflicting values. This becomes apparent when both women clearly point out that they have always wanted to love a man named. After a jealous spat over tea, Gwendolen and Cecily discover the truth: there is no Ernest.
Even whenever Jack and Algernon are caught in their lives. He managed to established a cliche and alter it to make it illogical and somehow logical as well, eg. Ernest is a man's name. It is the first time in my life that I have ever been reduced to such a painful position, and I am really quite inexperienced in doing anything of the kind. During 1890s, social class distinction was so common that people would refer to themselves as first-class members of the society or the second-class member.
If strict moral values leave no room for question, a society loses much of what is known as humanity. Wilde's comedy skewers Victorian England. Because Jack does not know his parents, Lady Bracknell suggests he find a parent — any with the right lineage will do — and find one quickly. However, other ways life can be also portrayed in forms that can infuriate or tickle those that choose to see them. Each couple does end up having their own specific way of working out whether they speak the same language or not. The revision of the play was made upon the request of George Alexander who was the producer. Morality and the constraints it imposes on society is a favorite topic of conversation in The Importance of Being Earnest.
Download file to see next pages Read More. Jane Austen and George Eliot were both novelists who used the idea of marriage as the basis for their conflicts. Characters such as Jack, Gwendolen, Miss Prism, and Dr. Members of the upper class display a great deal of pride and pretense, feeling that they are inherently entitled to their wealth and higher social position. As a baby, he was accidentally abandoned in a handbag at a railway station, and a wealthy man, Thomas Cardew, discovered and adopted him as a child. The girls find out that there is no Ernest.