How Far Do You Agree with the View That Lady Bracknell Does Create Comedy in ‘the Importance of Being Earnest’?
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How Far Do You Agree With The View That Lady Bracknell Does Create Comedy in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’?
When deciding if a character creates comedy or not it is important to weigh up the pros and cons of their main attributes. For me, overall Lady Bracknell does create comedy so I agree with the view but as with anything else it is arguable. It is clear the her triviality, character inversion and Wilde’s use of stock character create comedy although it can be argued that she is nonsensical, used as a tool and only serves purpose as a parallel.
When dealing with Lady Bracknell it is important to realise that her intellectually farcical dialogue makes her character the quintessence of the book’s title; she creates ‘trivial…show more content… However, in both contexts, Wilde almost uses Lady Bracknell as an example of what one shouldn’t be like.
Consequently, it can be augured that Lady Bracknell is simply being used as a dramatic device to help drive the plot forward. This view suggests that it is therefore the overall plot which creates the comedy as opposed to Lady Bracknell. She advises him to 'acquire some relations as soon as possible' and make an effort to produce 'one parent'. Her constant references to his family makes the topic a point of interest and creates a substantial base of irony as she is his family. In this respect her comments help to usher the audience to the plays dramatic end. The plays ending ,however, is a clear example of Lady Bracknell being used as a tool. She is the one who hears the name Miss Prism and brings up the story about babysitting her sister's son which is how Jack realises he may be the son. Here she is directly used as a link between the two stories which brings the play's plot to an end. In this particular part of the play she doesn’t create any comedy which directly refutes the stated view.
A final way Lady Bracknell's character creates comedy is via gender inversion and role reversal. Lady Bracknell is given a position of power and constantly makes it known; it could even be argues that she is the most powerful character in the play. For example, when talking to Jack she uses imperatives such as 'come here' and 'sit down immediately' which creates a stern