The Importance Of Being Earnest Value

Decent Essays
Jaci B. Gray
Professor James Reed
English 1302.2532
March 26, 2017
The Importance of Value In the drama “The Importance of Being Earnest,” by Oscar Wilde, Lady Bracknell is right to say that “We live, I regret to say, in an age of surfaces” (Wilde 1604). This play emphasizes that the Victorian era did not value sympathy for the underprivileged, responsibility, or even true honesty. Only wealthiness, class status, and style were what the Victorians’ cared about. An example of this would be when neither Lady Bracknell nor Algernon exhibited much compassion when Bunbury had “died.” The drama offers the idea that Earnest and Bunbury are very similar in this play, because they are both completely made up and that they also symbolize the empty
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