THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING. EARNEST. ACT I. Scene: Morning-room in ALGERNON'S flat in Half Moon Street. The room is luxuriously and artistically. The Project Gutenberg eBook, The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar or online at medical-site.info Title: The Importance of Being Earnest A Trivial. MACMILLAN READERS. UPPER LEVEL. OSCAR WILDE. The Importance of Being Earnest. Retold by FH Cornish. LAM MACMILLAN.
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The Importance of Being Earnest. The Jew of Malta. The Knight of the Burning Pestle. Lady Windermere's Fan. Love for Love. The Malcontent. The Man of Mode . The importance of being Earnest: strategies for translating irony from English into Macedonian. Article (PDF Available) · December with 2, Reads. seaside resort in which Wilde first drafted the play in 4 acts during late summer • Woolton is a fictional town. Welcome to The Importance of Being Earnest.
Writing techniques are used in this play to expose the ludicrousness of the Victorians attitude towards class. In the Victorian period, the city or town was divided into a hierarchy; with the monarchy on top, followed by the upperclass people, the wealthy people, the working class people, and the servants.
The world was a well ordered place in which Queen Victoria ruled the British Empire, and the British Empire ruled the world. The characters in The Importance of Being Earnest take their position as upperclass members for granted, and there is a good deal of snobbery and attitude in their behaviour.
Oscar Wilde made these characters to mimic the attitudes and arrogance of the upperclass people of his time. Some of the characters who show these absurd attitudes are Lady Bracknell and Algy. Lady Bracknell is completely oblivious to the way she acts throughout the whole play, and expects everyone to look up to her, as she looks down her nose at them.
When she is questioning Jack on how well he would suit her daughter, she asks him about his father.
She says: Did he born in what the Radical papers call the purple of commerce, or did he rise from the ranks of the aristocracy? She says earlier on to Jack: The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound.
Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square. This is satire, and makes the readers who arent in the upperclass wonder whether this is true or not. Lady Bracknell also says: after asking Jack if he owns any land, A girl like Gwendolen can hardly be expected to reside in the country.
With the additional number of people there, there are more people to admire her, and she would feel more important in a place where she is surrounded by working class people. This attitude is one of the selfish attitudes that Oscar Wilde was trying to expose in his play. Another character in the play who comments on the value of class is Algy. Algy is an idle snob, who doesnt do anything productive at all. After talking to his servant, he says to himself: If the lower orders dont set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them?
They seem as a class to have no sense of moral responsibility. The servant is the one with a job, earning dignity and respect, and who has moral responsibility, not Algy. This statement is also a good example of absurdity of the Victorian upperclasses, and this is what Oscar Wilde was trying to expose to his audience.
Much of this plays wit is directed at the hypocrisy of the upperclass people, and their obliviousness to what they really look like to the rest of the world. John Earnest Worthing is it since Sheridan ceased to write, a century before. And the hero of this play.
He is the greatest fantastic wit which does not get old and surprises with character of the play. He is the eldest son of General Earnest renewed delight, however often heard.
In this Play not only John Monerief and is a seeker after truth all his life. He is is the situation fresh, but the unbelievable characters have great because of his moral virtues and his keen sense of duty real individuality and a life of their own within the path of and responsibility.
He is generous and forgiving. He charms the reader with the aid of his paradoxes. He combines deep feeling with mirth in creating Wilde was neither dull nor lazy; he had a brilliant mind and his characters. He makes his characters talk in a brilliant literary gifts of no common order.
There are those who say manner. He creates amusing situations which make contribution to the literature of his time is not to be people laugh.
Lady Bracknell forces Miss Prism to admit her dismissed thus lightly. By all means let us think of him as a guilt in leaving the infant Jack in a hand-bag at Victoria great romantic individualist, a master of epigram.
But we Station. She leaves poor Jack despondent. Gwendolen sneaks back in and they make plans to meet at Jack's place in the country.
Algernon overhears Jack telling Gwendolen where he lives, and he makes plans to adopt Jack's alias. After Jack leaves; Algernon tells his butler to get his travelling clothes together.
He is off to see his imaginary invalid. Miss Prism is mean-spirited and semi-religious. When the local minister arrives who Miss Prism has a secret crush on, Cecily manages to get the celibate couple to go on a walk together so she can avoid her horrid lessons. At that moment, Algernon shows up with a week's worth of luggage pretending to be Jack's wicked brother Ernest. Cecily has loved Ernest ever since she heard stories of his wicked ways, so they quickly fall in love.
Cecily tells Algernon, she could only love someone with the name of Ernest. He is astounded by this and asks her what she thinks of the name; Algernon.
She says she could not love him if that was his name, so he makes plans to get christened immediately as Ernest. Jack shows up after Ernest and Cecily have left the stage. He is dressed in black to mourn the death of his imaginary brother Ernest. They console him when Cecily comes out to tell Jack, that Ernest is not dead.