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The Important Of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde

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Seiryu Hayashizaki
Mr. Todd
Language and Literature
10, January, 2018
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Wilde wrote his play during the Victorian era because of the ridiculous manners that occurred during this era. “The Important of Being Earnest” was a satire about Victorian society, which means Wilde was criticizing Victorian society. During this era, the most important factor of living was your social class, such as your family relationships and your wealth. In the play, Jack said: “Between seven and eight thousand a year.” (Wilde, 992). Lady Bracknell said that this income was satisfactory, but when Jack said he had no family, Lady Bracknell gave up on Jack. What she wanted was not only a higher reputation, but a higher social class. Wilde wrote this satire about Victorian
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One of the hints is when Lady Bracknell asked Jack’s income. “Jack: Between seven and eight thousand a year.” (Wilde, 992). Jack answered with a number that is very broad. Between seven and eight thousand is a huge difference. Jack said it like this because he didn’t have confidence about his income, so saying a broad number would be a safe option. Another subtle hint is when Lady Bracknell asked Jack to sit: “Jack: Thank you. Lady Bracknell, I prefer standing.”(Wilde, 992). Rather than sitting Jack chose to stand. This is because he is very nervous about being asked questions. He thinks Lady Bracknell will think of him as someone that lacks manners. From these two quotes, we can see that Wilde characterizes Jack as a person that lacks…show more content…
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