Analysis of Oscar Wilde's 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

624 Words Jan 16th, 2018 3 Pages
Since then, the play has proven to be an unchanging hit because it has exceeded its initial demographic to an extent that it's regarded as the greatest stage comedy of all time. Wilde wrote the play not only to challenge received ideas in the then Victorian society but also to subvert prevailing ideas. Actually, some philosophers have argues that the entire play is a subversion of existing scientific concepts on the operations and functioning of the universe. As a result, the play is arguably the ultimate destruction of the social and moral attitudes of the late 19th Century and the culmination of Wilde's career as a transformational moralist.
One of the main messages in the play is Wilde's proposal to his Victorian contemporaries on the need to treat inconsequential issues with great respect and pay less focus to what is regarded as serious by the society. The suggestion or philosophy was one of the main messages expressed by Wilde in the entire play. Through emphasizing on this philosophy, Wilde's play is clearly a comic critique of the values of the Victorian society, especially on what was treated with great respect in the society.
This philosophy was expressed in several situations across the play including in the two imaginary individuals developed by Jack and…
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