Matrimony In The Importance Of Being Earnes

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Of the many Victorian views mocked and discussed in the play, the most popular, and perhaps most controversial, is marriage. The different views are presented by Algernon and Lady Bracknell, who consider love irrational and marriage more of a business deal. The other views are presented by Jack and his ward Cecily, who do believe in marrying for love. Throughout the play, the characters debate back on forth on why to marry and who to marry, and some even change opinion. The ideas presented mock the views of actual people during this time, which gives insight and background to better understand the satire of The Importance of Being Earnest.

The first look at Algernon’s viewpoint on marriage comes up in Act 1, when Jack
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They two are both in love with each other, as they have admitted, and seem to be ready to devote themselves to each other. However, when Jack proposes, Gwendolen’s response isn’t exactly what Jack was anticipating. She claims, “I adore you [Jack]. But you haven’t proposed to me yet. Nothing has been said at all about marriage. The subject has not been touched on.” Obviously, this isn’t what one expects after pouring their heart out. However, we can analyze from this reaction that Gwendolen considers marriage, love, and proposals to all be a very organized manner. This doesn’t prove anything about her idea of marriage being based on love or based on business, but that no matter what it’s based on, it should be organized. To conclude, the various characters in the play The Importance of Being Earnest all have variously different opinions on marriage and proposals, and how they should be dealt with. Some, believe in the importance of the social status that comes with marriage, and how married couple should act in public. Others believe in marrying for love, or that no matter what you’re marrying for, it should be organized. This popular ongoing debate adds a relatable and understanding feel to the story that readers can relate to, and ties it back to the Victorian
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