He pokes fun of the entire social structure of fainting corset queens and mustachioed dandies. Her dandiacal qualities make her a perfect match for him. For example, there are Victorian novels about courtship where one character believes herself to be betrothed to a man and in the end it turns out he's just toying with her. So he goes to meet her as the brother of Jack. Gwendolen all but calls Cecily provincial, implying that by knowing of and casually referring to a gardening tool like a spade she's revealing herself to be of a lower class. This desire seems at once incredibly foolish and remarkably endearing.
Algernon offers Jack some bread and butter, instead, since he ordered them expressly for Gwendolen. Showing aspects of comedy and drama they feature themes and figures similar to those in The Importance of Being Earnest, including fallen women, children of uncertain parentage, dark secrets from the past, mistaken identities, clever wordplay, and skewering critiques of Victorian morality and social standards. A thesis is a claim about a work of literature that needs to be supported by evidence and arguments. That he's an Oxford man explains both his great wit and his sense of superiority, which permeates all his interactions with the other characters in the play. Another typical mistake student writers make is extolling the work or author. Because Jack must set a good example for his ward in the country, it represents a place that is morally strict, prudish, even repressive. Algy introduces himself to Cecily as the brother of Jack and also keeps his real name as a secret before her until revealed.
These phrases serve to add to the comedy value of the play. They have the chance to validate and cheer on their peers. However, when she comes to know his real name, she at once rejects his proposal. Wilde is not seeking to convey a deep, complex message. Re-tell the story in common language.
Like Jack, Algernon enjoys the pleasures of the city and high society. Moving from Oxford to London upon graduation, Wilde then published his first volume of poems to some critical acclaim. Sometimes you just need an alter-ego. . In your introduction, you made a case for why your topic and position are important.
Recall that in Act I Lady Bracknell expressed a dislike for the fictional Mr. Algernon had mentioned on several occasions that he's too well educated to enjoy polite society, but has never specified where or what he studied. Its value stems from the source of its humor-its absurdities, and its criticisms. You should close your essay with the same sort of gesture. The pun in the title is a case in point. Cecily writes about a fictitious love affair in her diary.
Then Algernon cavorts off to the countryside, seeking amusement. Ex: Lady Bracknell asks Jack if he smokes, he says yes, we expect her to criticize him. At the end of the play he discovers that he is who he was pretending to be all along. Compare and contrast what is known about how each character earns a living. Marriage had long been an important issue in English literature, and Wilde exposed its manipulative use as a social tool of advancement; except for , all the women in the play have ulterior motives when it comes to romance. Considered Wilde's best play, many hail it as the greatest stage comedy of all time.
For more on the parts of literary works, see the at the end of this section. Compose an essay expanding upon the meanings of each of these homophones as they relate to the action in the play. Four days after The Importance of Being Earnest was first performed, Wilde was called out by his boyfriend's dad for being gay. In no other setting is this possible. Recall that in Act I Lady Bracknell made a very similar remark about illness, saying, Both Miss Prism and Lady Bracknell represent a social class and generation that wasn't interested in progress and clung to their idea of the past at the turn of the 20th Century. The antagonist is usually another character but may also be a non-human force. To analyze something means to break it down into smaller parts and then examine how those parts work, both individually and together.
Food in the book is used as a metaphor. Most of the women in the play represent an inversion of accepted Victorian practices with regard to gender roles. Furthermore, she could not love him if his name were anything but Ernest. The play is divided into three acts which use metaphors to refer to different scenes in the play. These essay questions are designed to get students to examine the play deeply; to push their understanding of multiple aspects of the work. The characters only get together because their social and economic fitness for each other is demonstrated—not because of true love.