What Is The Importance Of Being Earnest Vs. Big Kiss

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Hajin Kim
Mr. Todd
Language and Literature, E-9, Writing to Compare Satire
11, Jan 2018
“The Importance of Being Earnest” vs. “Big Kiss”

I think that Wilde was criticizing the uptightness and social standards of Victorian society. It is said in the literature book that Wilde was born in 1854 and died in 1900. Why is this important? Victoria’s reign lasted from 1837 to 1901. This proves that Wilde lived during Victoria’s reign and died during her reign as well. During Victoria’s reign, there were strict homosexual laws introduced to society (around 1885) and Oscar Wilde was a homosexual himself! As “The Importance of Being Earnest” was written in 1894, and as that was the peak of the Victorian Era, Oscar Wilde was making fun of the social
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The story is about Victorian society in the late 1800’s when the fashionable trends were at their peaks. Wilde himself was shunned and imprisoned because of Victorian social standards and beliefs. “Wilde was convicted on May 25, 1895 and sentenced to two years in prison.” ( He wrote “The Importance of Being Earnest” to make fun of these stiff and uptight rules and try to loosen them up a bit. Wilde may see his characters as the manifestation of Victorian society and the social behavior it labels as important. For example, Gwendolyn and Cecily see the name “Ernest” as one of the qualifications for a suitor. “…my ideal has always been to love some one of the name of Ernest.” (Wilde, Even though Wilde may not really like his characters, he does seem to think that they are funny, and it is shown through Gwendolyn and Cecily’s over-exaggeration. “Cecily: A gross deception has been practiced on both of us. Gwendolen: My poor wounded Cecily! Cecily: My sweet wronged Gwendolen!” (Wilde,…show more content…
The fact that “The Importance of Being Earnest” was made into a movie means that the satire itself was extremely successful, and people wanted to see more of it. Not only is there one movie, but there are two! The first one was released in 1952, and the second, less successful one was released in 2002. This issn’t even counting the various on-stage performances, including one as late as 2015. According to metacritic, the average score for the 2002 version of “The Importance of Being Earnest” was “60” ( So, I can conclude that “The Importance of Being Earnest” was the more successful
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