Although the themes in the importance of being earnest address victorian social issues, the structure of the play was largely influenced by french theatre, melodrama, social drama, and farce wilde was quite familiar with these genres, and borrowed from. Wilde decided to judge victorian society because their values represented injustice, oppression and oscar wilde wanted to be unattached or free of these repressive values he satirizes and criticizes the victorian society in the play. The victorian society fell in a passionate love with the idea of earnestness the society was so attached to the fake ideals of earnestness that it was ready to pay any price for it this frenzied and frantic thrust towards the ideals pressurized individuals to live a double. They are the only things that are never serious, to which jack responds, oh, that's nonsense algy he never explains why there is this avoidance of earnestness the most apparent answer lies in the veiled criticism of victorian society contained at each level of. Gwendolen and marriagein victorian times the custom of marriage was that 'an engagement should come upon a young girl as a surprise, pleasant or unpleasant, as the case may be it [was] hardly a matter that she could be allowed to arrange for herself.
The play the importance of being ernest oscar wilde ridicules victorian customs and traditions, marriage and particularly the pursuit of love in victorian times earnestness was considered as of the topmost ideals for reforming the lower classes. Therefore, wilde basically gives victorian society all he has to give as far as his true feelings for it: he care very little for the high and mighty ways that victorians would adopt only to look down on the underdog hence, the play did its job at making their lives look. Ridiculing victoran society inrthe important of being earnest by oscar wilde's - surely, the fact he can change his opinion on marriage so suddenly and drastically make it difficult to take him or the play seriously according to andrew scott 'comic identity, is conceived as a means of refusing.
In 'the important of being earnest', oscar wilde's ridiculing representation of victorian society comments on the ridiculous behavior of the victorian society's inability to recognise the difference between important and unimportant issues therefore, oscar wilde subverts victorian values to. Oscar wilde's satirical depiction of victorian society in the important of being earnest comments on the absurdity of their inability to recognize the wilde's uses the inversion of what is serious and trivial to ridicule victorian society and their morals and values. - the importance of being earnest is a comedy of manners that is used to parody social aspects of a victorian society wilde does this by incorporating farcical elements that would appear ludicrous to an audience and satirises victorian social norms and values. The victorian era society facts: upper class, middle class, working class, child labour, women's role what was the change in the victorian society in england after the industrial revolution read on.
In the victorian era, courtship rituals were slightly different from more modern times courting the victorian women explains that courtship was advanced by gradations, with couples speaking first, walking out together, and finally keeping company after mutual. Guest blog by leonard mlodinow belonging to a group is good for your health courtesy of joncandy via flickr one advantage of belonging to a cohesive society in which people help each other is that the group is often better equipped than a set of individuals to deal with threats from the outside. Get the entire the importance of being earnest litchart as a printable pdf my students can't get enough of your charts and their below you will find the important quotes in the importance of being earnest related to the theme of hypocrisy, folly, and victorian. During the victorian period, marriage was about protecting your resources and keeping socially unacceptable impulses (like being gay) under control we can see this at work in the the importance of being earnest the ridiculous end of the.
The importance of being earnest is a comedy of manners that is used to parody social aspects of a victorian society wilde does this by incorporating farcical elements that would appear ludicrous to an audience and satirises victorian social norms and values. The victorian society is a uk charity, the national authority on victorian and edwardian architecture built between 1837 and 1914 in england and wales as one of the national amenity societies. It is clear that the apparent role played by the genders is the appropriate one approved by victorian society- man as the intelligent, powerful critical reception the reaction to the importance of being earnest can be best described as mixed when the play opened in.
It ridicules the victorian era by attacking dating, marriage, alter egos, and secrets the word earnest is comprised of two different a paradox within the play is the impossibility of being earnest and moral within the society the characters who embrace triviality and. He wanted to ridicule victorian society with all its useless conventions and also the the protagonists of the play are two young men and friends, jack and algernon, who he wanted to reveal the absurdity of his time also in the important field of education, love. Oscar wilde was gay in a society stifled by social conventions and governed by very tough laws on homosexuality when first performed, the play was considered as a light comedy and classified as entertainment for victorian society.
Wilde depicts his victorian society as superficial and incapable of love that is not shallow in his comedy, both women, gwendolyn to algernon, marriage is not at all important if it means sacrificing the quality of wine wilde is criticizing the priorities of the victorian. Marriage - marriage was very important to victorian women - many of the aspects of a victorian wedding came from old traditions - only 4 divorces were granted between the years 1800-1850 marriage in the importance of being earnest - wilde satirizes the.