Moral Theme in Literature

College
Book Report/Review
Book Reports
Pages 4 (1004 words)
Download 0
In the plays, Dr. Faustus and Importance of being Earnest, what strikes us is the presence and absence respectively of conventional morality. Marlowe's novel is concerned with the Faustian myth where a person sells his soul to the devil in order to gain something great…

Introduction


The most important character is that of Doctor Faustus himself who is so obsessed with achievement and greatness that he agrees to sell himself to the devil. The novel follows the conventions of morality plays and sticks to the framework of this genre. There is a good angel and a bad angel, there is advice of repentance, there is greed and selfishness and then eternal damnation. On the other hand, no such conventions are found anywhere in Importance. Wilde had always been concerned with shattering myths and conventions so it is only obvious that in this play as well, he seeks opportunities to thrash conventional morality. At one point we find Algy saying, "divorces are made in heaven" (350), and as comic as it sounds, the motive behind such statements is simple relinquishing of morality as it was understood in Victorian times. The author doesn't try to show explicit sexual connotations in the play but there are implicit suggestions, which are made to indicate deviation from fixed rules of morality. The following exchange shows what is meant by Wilde's implicit suggestions:
Readers can see clearly what Wilde is suggesting and thus it becomes obvious that he was absolutely not interested in upholding conventional morality. However Marlowe was not so original or heterodox. ...
Download paper
Not exactly what you need?

Related papers

Moral Theme in Literature
The most important character is that of Doctor Faustus himself who is so obsessed with achievement and greatness that he agrees to sell himself to the devil. The novel follows the conventions of morality plays and sticks to the framework of this genre. There is a good angel and a bad angel, there is advice of repentance, there is greed and selfishness and then eternal damnation. On the other hand,…
The Sweet Hereafter-Theme on Dolores Driscoll
The goal of the lawyers, once they have enlisted clients, is to target the affluent or deep-pocket defendants.…
Gothic Literature
Figures found in ancient folklore, such as the Demon Lover, the Cannibal Bridegroom, the Devil, and assorted demons, later populated the pages of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Gothic novels and dramas. In addition, many seventeenth- and eighteenth-century works are believed to have served as precursors to the development of the Gothic tradition in Romantic literature. These works include…
Wit and Comedy in Literature
Analyzing a literary master piece in the context of its genre not only helps the reader to understand the common literary elements attributed to that genre, but also facilitates a creative cognizance of the extent to which the inherited conventions of that genre are being manipulated. The direct fallout of such a perspective is that it enhances one's appreciation of the originality of the work…
History and Violence in Modernist Literature
The warlike nature of man is the most important theme of the celebrated novel by McCarthy, Blood Meridian (1985), and references to historical, religious and mystical themes, affairs and persons can be found on almost every page of the work. "Slough," published in his collected works Continual Dew in 1937, "is one of Betjeman's most famous poems and perhaps his harshest indictment of humanity: he…
Poems on the Icarus Theme
The most important feature of a piece of writing is the feel it gives to the reader.…
Modernist Literature
The period expressed a break from the past, as well as from Western civilization's classical traditions. Modern life was more scientific, faster, more technological and more mechanized.…