The Importance Of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde

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Oscar Wilde’s, The Importance of Being Earnest, is a satirical play for earnest people. Wilde uses witty and humor through analogies or metaphors to address matters such as marriage and class structure. Wild’s play is much of a satirical attack toward the higher class in a Victorian society. The Importance of Being Earnest, acts as a storyline of living a double life. Jack and Algernon claim to be an ideal figure, Ernest, whom which attracts women. Both characters, living the double life, tend to get in a situation which leads to failure, when they were discovered of being frauds toward the ending of the play. Then, Jack’s history if revealed when it is discovered that, Jack has been actually living a lie all along. Throughout the play, Wilde demonstrates how the Victorian era had a corrupted class structure in which those in the upper class took pride in their knowledge and position to judge those who are not in the equal status as them. In the Victorian era, the upper class had a state of mind of being a higher superior to all other classes. Algernon explains about moral obligations, “Lane’s View on marriage seem somewhat lax. Really, if the lower orders don’t set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them? They seem as a class, to have absolutely no sense of moral responsibility” (Act 1. Page 2). The upper class considered the poor were poor, because of their living by being lazy, nescient and immoral. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life in America

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