The Importance Of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde

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‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde is a play which contain the lies of Jack and Algernon and how that affects the attitudes of their beloved Gwendolen and Cecily and ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde is about the lives of three men Basil, Lord Henry, and Dorian Gray and it also includes how people were hypocritical towards Victorian ethics. In the book ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’, Lord Henry said, “We are punished for our refusals. Every impulse that we strive to strangle broods in the mind, and poisons us. The body sins once, and has done with its sin, for action is a mode of purification. . . . Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself, with desire for what its monstrous laws have made monstrous and unlawful. It has been said that the great events of the world take place in the brain. It is in the brain, and the brain only, that the great sins of the world take place also.” By saying this Lord Henry meant that when people do not conduct what they are tempted to do, they get sick and keep wanting to do it. This quote also meant that when there are rules, people were always tempted to break those rules. During the time when Queen Victoria ruled, the society required strict morality and therefore had strict ethics. However, most people were not serious and hypocritical towards their ethics. Therefore, people in the Victorian period were soon tempted to break those strict ethics and broke them in many
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