The Upper Class In The Importance Of Earnest

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The story of The Importance of Earnest happens in England in the late 19th century, which is the Victorian Era. It reveals the contrasts of the behavior between the upper class and the lower class. People from the upper class display a high degree of pride and pretense with the feeling of inherent entitlement to their wealth and social position. Instead of analyzing the social class differences, this essay will discuss on the theme of perpetuating the upper class in regard to Lady Augusta Bracknell. The scenes take place in two identical locales, the lavish London and a countryside estate. As the heart of England, the urban center of London is a global political and financial capital as well as a city of poverty. Lady Bracknell is portrayed…show more content…
Jack was being questioned about his address, politics, parents, and legal encumbrances. In fact, these questions reflect the typical obsession of Victorian value, which are income, character, and social position. Any aberration from the standards, such as being underprivileged, may restrain a young man from continuing his noble line. “You can hardly imagine that I and Lord Bracknell would dream of allowing our only daughter—a girl brought up with the utmost care—to marry into a cloak-room, and form an alliance with a parcel? Good morning, Mr. Worthing!” (p.17) In Jack’s case, he was discovered in a handbag. This indicated that he has no name, no background, and no class which Lady Bracknell did not welcome. The dreams of Victorian only goes up, but not down. They would not allow anything or anyone interrupting their noble connections. Actually, Lady Bracknell gave Jack immoral advice on his parents. “I would strongly advise you, Mr. Worthing, to try and acquire some relations as soon as possible, and to make a definite effort to produce at any rate one parent, of either sex, before the season is quite over.” (p.17) It does not matter how Jack looks for parents, but he would meet the requirements for acceptability if he do…show more content…
“Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately, in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence of Grosvenor Square.” (p.15) With the use of irony, Lady Bracknell is insinuating that if the poor and lower class were taught to think or question, the ruling class might have the chance of being overthrown. For the benefit of the aristocrats, she firmly believes education should never give any opportunity of substantial change or revolutionary ideas to the public. The power should be kept in the hands of few or the upper class might lose its privileged position. In the meantime, to guarantee the inheritance of the entire rights and wealth of aristocracy, keeping the father’s first and last name is absolutely essential. In the Victorian era, the crucial duty for the eldest son of a family is to ensure the survival and continuation of his family name. This can be shown from the dialogue between Jack and Lady Bracknell. “Being the eldest son you were naturally christened after your father.”
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