Gender and Class in Oscar Wilde's Play

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In Marxist criticism, the text is viewed in terms of its production and consumption, as a product of work that does identifiable cultural work of its own (Chaucer, 297). Gender, is in other words, a construct, an effect of language, culture and its institutions (Austen, 427). Many gender critics are interested in how a culture constructs "masculinity" or "femininity" as either intersects with social status, or age, or ethnicity (Approaches Sheet). In Oscar Wilde’s comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest”, the main focus of the play is between the main character Jack, who is in pursuit of marriage to Gwendolen Fairfax, the daughter of Lady Bracknell. The play is a satire of the late Victorian era in London, when an intricate code of behavior governed everything from communication to sexuality (
. The play's major themes focus on the importance of establishments such as marriage, and other importance of Victorian ways. In one specific scene of the play Act 1 Scene 2, just after Jack has proposed to Gwendolen, Lady Bracknell enters the room and sends her daughter away; she then begins to interview Jack to see if he would qualify as a possible son-in-law. Based on this specific passage the reader is able to examine the text in its’ irony to influence social agreements of the Victorian era from a gender and…
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