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...Being Earnest In many story adaptations, the film versions tend to differ quite considerably, but Wilde’s Importance of being Earnest is not. With the book being only 54 pages, the movie version (1952) covers all Wilde’s dialogues. While the staging is considered however, the largest difference between the book and the film is on the direction and movements of the characters. In the play, Wilde describes the direction of the stage in two spots of the plat – that is during the exits and the entrances of the characters. These areas are portrayed during the moments when Aunt Augusta sends Miss Prism to explain what has happened to the baby as well as the when jack discovers his name... The Importance of...
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...Being Ernest The original Wilde’s play dubbed ‘importance of being earnest’ was a four-act play. Wilde then later edited this play into a three-act play that became famously studied. The revision of the play was made upon the request of George Alexander who was the producer. Upon the request, Wilde made the play more attracting and dramatic to work better. However, some analysts said that the play later lost witticism and clarity of the important plot elements. In-depth critics noted that the despite the fact that Wilde changed the play from a four-act play into three-act play, the play was hardly changed. Relationships of man and master remained. On the other hand, Wilde edited... Importance of Being...
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...Being Earnest Life is most often portrayed in various ways that are easily accessible to all audiences. At present, the television and the news show sides of life that are either obvious or not in most viewers. However, other ways life can be also portrayed in forms that can infuriate or tickle those that choose to see them. These are usually in the forms of prose: of short stories; poetry; plays, and such. There is also the accentuation of some parts of life which are usually seen as serious or boring. Such is the role of satire in the society: as a mirror of things that are often obvious but ignored. Satire is defined as a form of writing or portrayal of any of the following... The Importance of Being ...
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The Importance of Being Earnest
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...Being Earnest Oscar “A Woman of No Importance” and "The Importance of Being Earnest" revolve around the importance of life and place of a woman in the society. Besides numerous differences that the author brings out in the two books, there are a number of comparisons that parallel the themes together. Wilde brings out the moral and social criticism. During 1890s, social class distinction was so common that people would refer to themselves as first-class members of the society or the second-class member. In the woman of no Importance, upper-class members are so obsessed and conceited that they naturally neglect other members of society from themselves. They did this in a very... The Importance of Being...
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InThe Importance of Being Earnest, Lady Bracknell
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...Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest In The Importance of Being Earnest, Lady Bracknell says about Algernon in Act 3, "He has nothing, but he looks everything. What more can one desire?" (Wilde, 1899, p. 2332) She seems to be saying that looks (or appearances) are more important than reality; in other words, it's a desirable quality for a person to be able to fool someone else into thinking he/she has more than it appears. How does Wilde use this concept in the play to satirize the "proper" and "moral" emphasis the Victorians are known for? The Importance of Being Ernest is one of the finest humorous plays to have premiered at the turn of twentieth century... ?Running Head: The Importance of...
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InThe Importance of Being Earnest, Lady Bracknell
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...Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest In The Importance of Being Earnest, Lady Bracknell says about Algernon in Act 3, "He has nothing, but he looks everything. What more can one desire?" (Wilde, 1899, p. 2332) She seems to be saying that looks (or appearances) are more important than reality; in other words, its a desirable quality for a person to be able to fool someone else into thinking he/she has more than it appears. How does Wilde use this concept in the play to satirize the "proper" and "moral" emphasis the Victorians are known for? The Importance of Being Ernest is one of the finest humorous plays to have premiered at the turn of twentieth century. One... Running Head: The Importance of...
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Oscar Wildes The Importance of Being Earnest
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...Being Earnest, two characters, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, capture the audience’s attention through their antics, convoluted lies and humorous dialogue. It is the charade of Earnest that both become involved in, which is the driving comedic force in the play and is the source of most of the play’s action. As characters, they are substantially different yet very similar. They share a penchant for playing with the English language and for skirting their respective responsibilities. However, in terms of personality, they are very different, with Algy being a comedian who does not take much seriously, while Jack feels the weight... of responsibility and morals. Wilde’s play does not...
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The Importance of Being Earnest: Critical Analysis
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...Being Earnest: Critical Analysis While Ireland has produced a startling array ic literature, Oscar Wilde is today recognized as perhaps the writer with the greatest wit. Wilde produced an array of literature, including novels, poetry, and drama, as well as witty epigrams that continue to be quoted in popular culture to this day. Wilde’s final drama The Importance of Being Earnest premiered in 1895 and is today recognized as one of the writer’s greatest works. While it is outwardly a farcical comedy, theorists recognize that Wilde greatly has developed a satire on Victorian society. This essay examines Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest in terms of the author’s wit and satire... ? The Importance of...
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The Importance of Being Earnest as a Comedy of Manners
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...Being Earnest is a ic example of this genre then such a play, despite its prodigious wit and literary value, could not operate as it was intended in a classless non-hierarchical society. In the second act of The Importance of Being Earnest, Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew have just discovered that they are both engaged to man named Ernest. Cecily indignant at Gwendolen's accusations of entrapment suggests, "This is no time for wearing the shallow mask of manners. When I see a spade I call it a spade." Gwendolen sardonically responds, "I am glad to say that I have never seen a spade. It is obvious that our social spheres have been... Thesis: This paper will show that if indeed The Importance of...
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Oedipus the King and The Importance of Being Earnest
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...Being Earnest. In what ways are the elements and forces that will lead to the tragic/comic conclusion set up In either case, is it clear from the outset that the play is a comedy or a tragedy, or is there possibility for development in either direction The ways in which we interpret dramatic works largely depend on our experience of theatre practices and on our familiarity with genre conventions. Our ability to laugh at antics of a stock character or watch with pity and compassion a tragic hero's downfall is defined by our awareness of certain cultural codes, norms and traditions. More than twenty centuries... Sur 29 March 2007 Compare the opening scenes of Oedipus the King and The Importance of Being ...
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Importance of Being Earnest and the U.S. Government
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...Being Earnest" and the U.S. Government Brief Introduction "Importance of Being Earnest" is a play cast around lies. The uses the concept of contrast in naming the play "Importance of being earnest" and yet still, the characters of the play are liars. The author also uses the name Ernest in the play as a person who is admired living in upscale London. The question that this essay is seeking to answer is whether being earnest is a virtue and whether the government of the United States is earnest or to its citizens. About the Author Oscar Wilde the author of the play "Importance of Being Earnest" was born in Ireland. He is today celebrated for this play which has continued... to be on the center...
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Humors and Satire in The Importance of Being Earnest
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...Being Earnest Introduction Playwrights of the early and late 19th century adopted, in their writings, non-realistic forms to express their satirical views about society. Perhaps the well-known of all these playwrights is Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), who gained popular and critical success with his satirical, witty and humorous plays about the Victorian upper classes, elite and nobles. Wilde's dramatic repute rests more or less completely on The Importance of Being Earnest (1905), which is one of the finest examples of light and humorous satire in modern drama (Donohue, Berggren, pp. 90-98). Wilde's aesthetic intention varies significantly... of the of the Supervisor] Humors and Satire in The Importance of...
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The Importance of Being Earnest ( analyze your play)
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...being Earnest Order No. 559166 Introduction Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) who was born on 16th October in Dublin, is considered to be one of the most famous Irish playwrights of his time. In addition to this, he was also a poet, dramatist and author whose writings never failed to enthrall his audiences the world over. He was one of those who were greatly affected by beauty and to prove his point used to dress up in some of the most flamboyant clothes that earned him a lot of both positive and negative criticism. However, his works led him on the path of success and he was quite revered among other fellow writers for his great wit, wisdom and style of writing. One of his most famous... ?The Importance of...
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Analysis of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
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...Being earnest is very important. Analysis The play focuses on the theme of discrimination. The rich must marry another rich person. Bracknell informed Jack to find out the social status of his parents, “…produce one parent (Wilde 38)” as basis for approving Jack’s marriage to Gwendolyn. The play was a protest to the strict societal standards implemented during the Victorian cultural era. Gwendolyn affirms to Jack, “from mother’s facial expression, we cannot be married (Wilde 47).” Jack refused... December 14, Analysis: O. Wilde Play Introduction True love is difficult. The paper delves on marriage built on money, not love. The paper focuses on the use of fictitious persons to cover one’s true self. ...
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The Immportance of Being Earnest: Victorian Period and Human Nature
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...being Earnest. In the play, Wilde tried to put into perspective the Victorian period and the essence of human nature. The period of Victorian nature ads depicted by Wilde can be understood from the perspective of the nature of Victorian society and the issues that guide human relationships. In the advent of the Victorian period, there were... Victorian period and Human nature The Victorian period was one of the most interesting times in the history of the United Kingdom and the wellbeing of the human race. There are a number of issues that can be drawn for the period based on the ideals and beliefs of people at that particular time. Wilde, in tried to depict that period in the play the Importance of...
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The Importance of Being Earnest: How Conflict Contributes to Humor
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...Being Earnest: How conflict contributes to Humor The Importance of Being Earnest is a play written by Oscar Wilde and published in 1895. It majorly concerns itself with satirizing the values within the Victorian aristocracy, which places so much emphasis on hypocrisy and material wealth. The Victorian society’s upper class viewed things superficially, and this play not only exposes their values but also ridicules such values. The play focuses on the matters of identity, material wealth, love, and marriage. This paper seeks to explore the extent to which humor in this dramatic piece arises from conflict. The play is a critique of Marriage, which is seen as a social tool. The class... The Importance of...
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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
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...Being Earnest Celebrated Victorian playwright Oscar Wilde once wrote "Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth." This is exactly the strategy that Wilde himself employed and used it to the fullest while exploring the follies and double-standards of the society in which he lived in his most memorable and famous play, The Importance of Being Earnest. He spoke to his audience, the people of the Victorian society, via the actors and pretenders and in doing so, he spoke the truth. The Importance of Being Earnest was first performed on February 14th 1895, at St. James Theatre. During those years the interest in theatre had... The Importance of Being...
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Gender Disparities In Hamlet and The Importance of Being Earnest
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...Being Earnest The Victorian Era was a period in the history of Britain that was marked with an extended period of prosperity, peace, refined sensibilities, national self-confidence and nationality for the British Empire. The Era was synonymous with the 20-year reign of Queen Victoria and span from 1837 to 1901 when the queen died. Though the period was prosperous for the entire country, there were huge gender disparities in the society. Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and Shakespeare’s Hamlet when viewed through a Marxist lens, clearly show the presence of gender disparities in the Victorian society. Women such as Cecily, Gwendolen... Gender Disparities in Hamlet and the Importance of...
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Dialectical Journal - The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
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...Being Earnest. New York: Dover Publications, 1990.... Dialectical Journal Text from Book Analysis Gwendolen: ….quite, quite… Pg. 30 Device: Repetition ‘Quite Blue’ would have served to express the color that characterizes Jack’s eyes, but Gwendolen repeats quite to project how different and outstanding they are. The aspect stresses the intensity of the blue color. 2. Lady Bracknell: ….either everything… Pg. 32 Device: Alliteration The sequence of the words either and everything would seem much of a coincidence in Lady Bracknell’s sentiment. However, they inject a poetic sense in her speech, and makes it superfluous. 3. Jack: In a hand bag. Pgs. 36 and 37. Device: Paradox At the mention of the paradox, th...
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Morality in two plays: Doctor Faustus and Importance of Being Earnest
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...BEING EARNEST 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. But the price of greatness is never fully fathomed till it's too late. In Importance of being Earnest, Oscar Wilde has shown little or no interest in such conventional views of morality. This is a completely non-serious play, which is considered a comic masterpiece and that effectively mocks Victorian values and false view of virtue. The most important character is that of Doctor... DOCTOR FAUSTUS AND IMPORTANCE OF...
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The Great Expectation by Charles Dickens and The Importance of Being Earnest By Oscar Wilde
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...Being Earnest”By Oscar Wilde TABLE OF CONTENTS I. INTRODUCTION a. Victorian British Culture b. Realist Technique c. The Great Expectation d. The Importance of Being Earnest II. SIMILARITIES (Compare) a. Victorian Culture b. Social Levels c. Importance of lineage III. DIFFERENCES ( Contrast) a. The Tone b. Humour c. Effect IV. CONCLUSIONS a. Few observations b. Closing statement V. REFERENCES a. Primary References b. Secondary References I. INTRODUCTION This paper aims to test one’s ability to construct a textual analysis of a given Victorian literary... An Analysis In the Use of Realist and Non-Realist Technique in “The Great Expectation” by Charles Dickens And “The Importance of...
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Analysis of Oscar Wildes The Picture of Dorian Gray or The Importance of Being Earnest
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...Being Earnest Archer, William. “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Oscar Wilde: The Critical Heritage. Ed. Karl Beckson. London: Taylor & Francis E-Library, 1974. pp. 217-218. Web. A contemporary review of Earnest calls it “barren and delusive”, claiming that although it is beautifully written and fun to watch, it is completely devoid of meaning. I will use this review to demonstrate contemporary criticism of Earnest, which will be disproved through other sources. Other contemporary reviews are included in this book which may also be referenced. Costa, Maddy. “Handbags at dawn.” The Guardian 23 January 2008. Web. A modern review... ?Annotated Bibliography Triviality and Expectation in The Importance of...
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An Analysis and Interpretation of The Importance of Being Earnest and Dr. Faustus
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...Earnest” and “Dr. Faustus An Analysis and Interpretation Although both “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde and “Dr. Faustus” by Christopher Marlowe are filled with plenty of comedic moments, they each center on a core theme of deception. In “The Importance of Being Earnest”, more than one man is found playing at being someone else. It is only through being earnest that they finally find happiness in who they really are. “Dr. Faustus” on the other hand, deals with deception in an entirely different light, allowing the main character to carry...
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The value of society in The Misanthrope and The importance of being Earnest
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...Being Earnest" Throughout history, literature has often been considered the activity of the elite as a means of artistic expression and aesthetic reasoning. For this reason, it has often necessarily captured those aspects of elite society that would prove recognizable to the greatest audience while also offering some form of entertainment value. This is the case in two plays written in the Victorian period, “The Misanthrope” by Molière and “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde. In both plays, the issue of manners becomes of chief concern as the playwrights each poke fun at the more absurd aspects of high society. Through... The value of society in "The Misanthrope" and "The Importance of...
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The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde honest relationships in the play
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...Being Earnest The age in which Oscar Wilde lived i.e. The Victorian age, is quite possibly unique since it was marked and founded with the notion of hypocrisy. Society hid its true nature from itself and behaved in a manner where things were brushed under the carpet and even ignored altogether if they did not agree with the notion of how society viewed itself. For example, women were to be shown high respect but they were not made a real part of society since many professions and positions remained closed to them. The British culture itself had become restrained and repressed due the presence of hypocrisy to the point that humor took the shape of satire. Honesty was lacking... The Importance of Being...
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Critical Interpretation of The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
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...Being Earnest Oscar Wilde’s play ‘The importance of being Earnest ‘is a typical Wildean firework giving a clue as to the light nature of comedy that is presented to the audience. Much of the complications of this splendid comedy arise out of the confusions and misunderstandings caused on account of the fictional identity created for his own convenience under the pseudonym ‘Ernest’ by the hero of the play. By creating sets of balancing and opposing characters Wilde’s sharpens the impression they make in the spectators. They utterly lack earnestness. They are merely staking on the surface life. Sexual problems and a discussion on it appear to be prudish... ? Critical Interpretation of The Importance of...
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Compare and contrast two plays, Dr. Fausto and The Importance of Being Earnest, which address a specific moral or social theme
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...Being Earnest A popular form of entertainment in the Middle Ages and into the society of the Victorian enlightenment was the concept of the morality play. As they became more refined with the passage of time, these were generally humorous plays written primarily to entertain the ‘common man’ at the same time that they attempted to instruct him on some element of social life. This is the approach taken in plays such as “The Importance of Being Earnest” written by Oscar Wilde and “Dr. Faustus” created by Christopher Marlowe. Both of these plays contain a great deal of humor, particularly to the society already intimately familiar with the accepted... A Comparison of Dr. Faustus and The Importance of...
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The Importance of Being Earnest..... The exact topic is: What do the many epigrammatic lines add to the play How is wit a central ingredient of the play
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...Being Earnest” Introduction An epigram is a memorable, clever, and brief statement. Most of play writers use epigrammatic lines with satirical purposes in their minds while others use such lines mainly for confusion. There are plentiful reasons why play writers use epigrams (Ndi 4). Some of the reasons are that they cause impression, they cause pure humor, and make the listener or the reader to think deeply about the made statement. Kurt Barker Oscar Wilde in his play ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ makes use of epigrams to show satirical situations. Wilde makes use of several epigrams that are in the play. Through his expertise... Importance of Epigrammatic Lines in the Play “The Importance of Being ...
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Satire in The Importance of Being Earnest: Oscar Wilde is known for his satire, and The Importance of Being Earnest is no exception to Wilde's usual mode of satirical writing. For this essay prompt, make a claim about what is being satirized in this play
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...Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde Satire is a literary form of writing which uses humor, irony, exaggeration or radical to criticize vices in a play, novel, prose fiction. “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde set in the late 1800‘s amongst the bourgeoisie who are extremely absorbed in their class. They do not work but concerned with their own benefits whereas nothing is taken with caution except trifling things. In the play, Algernon Moncreiff talks ridiculously with irrelevancy on the unimportant issues, for instance when talking about science he asks, “Have you got the cucumber sandwiches?” (7), when this is smartly put into consideration, it turns out... due: Satire in “The Importance of...
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...being Earnest The of the play “The importance of being Earnest” is significant, because it is the Earnest that establishes identity and relationships for both the major male protagonists. While it is originally a name that was assumed by Jack and Algernon, it proves to be significant in ensuring that both the men are able to get the respective women they love. The major conflict in the play is Lady Bracknell’s failure to accept Jack because he was adopted, but the name Earnest serves to establish his identity as a man suitable for her daughter. The play deals with conflicts posed by both Jack and Algernon assuming a false identity of Earnest while approaching the women they love... The importance of...
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The Importance of Being Earnst
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...Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest is a play written by Oscar Wildein 1895. It is a satirical comedy which makes fun of the Victorian manners and customs. It is not offensive but rather enjoyable as it is light and witty. The play is about double lives. There are two young men in London, one named Jack and the other named Algernon. It all started because of an inscription in Jack’s cigarette lighter. Because Jack was known to Algernon as Ernest, he had to explain the inscription why he was called Jack by a certain Cecily. Jack explained that in the country, he has a boring life and he made up another identity as Ernest (whom he says is his younger brother... romantic dreams of...
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Performance Elements
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...Being Earnest, various aspects of plays are considered so as to enable the reader to be able to picture the performance through the text reading. In Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest... on the stage which lacks in the Wildes work of The Importance of Being Earnest which is heavily dialogued (Reed, 1997). References Carol Jago, Renée H. Shea and Lawrence Scanlon. “Literature & Composition: Reading. Writing. Thinking” Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2011. Reed, Ishmael. "The C Above High C". 1997. ENGL 200: Composition and Literature. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2011. Web. 3 July 12 Wilde, Oscar. “The Importance of Being Earnest.” 1895....
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The Importance of Being Ernest
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...Being Earnest Women of the nineteenth century may not enjoy the same civil rights and freedoms as women in the next century, but they did have their own influential roles in society. Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest is a comedic play about creating and protecting masculine and feminine identities. The power of naming and names is a central theme in identity making where women have particular significance, especially as both Gwendolen and Cecily desire the name Ernest for their husbands. Jack and Algernon also practice the power of naming by creating a second identity apart from their own, which Algernon calls... May 11, Empowered, Traditional Womanly Roles in Wilde’s The Importance of Being ...
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Brief analysis of 2 plays
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...Being Earnest and A Raisin in the Sun: a Brief Analysis An Assignment Submitted by of Establishment XXXX, Section XXXX, Fall 2011 Featuring dynamic characters, both plays, The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, 1895, and A Raising in the Sun by Lorrain Hansberry, 1959, made the growth of their main characters, or protagonists, believable. Accordingly, in the end of the plays I was completely satisfied in the change of the characters. But, instead of focusing on the individual protagonists (for example, Mama, Beneatha, and Asagai in Hasberry’s work, or Jack, Gwendolen, and Cecily in Wilde’s play), we will focus on overall change of the social hero itself in the plays... The Importance of Being...
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Comic spirit- romance in comedies
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...Being Earnest While both plays by two famous playwrights and fictional provocateurs, William Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde, may have been centuries apart, both carve up to a fashionable sense of style – romance, humor, satire, and amusingly vulgar double meaning. The Importance of Being Earnest, which was written in the 1890s and considered to be Wilde’s magnum opus, has been flatteringly measured up to Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night. Wilde reworked the old Victorian sentimental genre to a one of its kind, hilarious, somewhat nonsensical, highly fictitious piece, although viewers... Top of Form Comic Spirit – Romance in Comedies William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of...
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Oscar Wilde The importance of Being Honest
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...being Earnest.” This play is a satire on the Victorian values, which pokes fun at that society’s vices, problems and wrong manners. Oscar wilde is often called the golden wordsmith .As Richard Allen Cave points out: “For many this is the enduring appeal of the plays, the seemingly effortless fount of wit which lead W.H. Auden to describe ‘The Importance of Being Ernest’, as “the purest example in English literature” of a “Verbal Opera” (The Importance of Being Ernest and Other Plays by Oscar Wilde PP- viii) The play though a critique of the Victorian England can easily be linked with the socio –political situations of today’s United States. The two main... Ian Knight November 30,...
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Drama Essay
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...Being Earnest’ The play ‘The importance of Being Earnest’ by OscarWilde features hypocrisy and deception as a means to an end in the social setting. In this regard, the characters are compelled to lie because of the burden of family duties and obligations. In this regard, they get a reprieve for leisure and recreation. However, the deceptions presented by the characters complicate issues. Eventually, deception is overcome by the revelation of truth concerning issues. This notwithstanding, there is no manifestation of remorse. For instance, Algernon and Jack make almost similar deceptions. In this case, Jack lies about his brother’s death and makes... Hypocrisy, Deceit and Secrecy in ‘The Importance of...
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Victorian Attitudes towards Town and Country
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...Being Ernest Victorian Attitudes towards Town and Country Introduction The Importance of Being Earnest is a play that reveals the farce that seems to have been typical of the 19th century. There were false identities, engagements that were prohibited, and social classes that overshadowed every other aspect of the society. Country folk behaved differently from the townspeople and the differences were outstanding. Such differences were evident in the mode of dressing, their manners, the activities that occupied them, and even their names. The high society was mainly based in the city, whereas, the ordinary folks were found in the country. The Victorian attitudes of these groups kept... ? The Importance of...
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Using Humor to Survive Tragedy
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...earnest is being serious in intention, effort, or purpose. It means being sincerely zealous. Oscar Wilde’s play, The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, was first performed in 1895, in London. The protagonists in the farcical comedy lead double lives supported by fiction in order to escape the troubles brought about by their social obligations. The title of the play alludes a thesis on the worth of earnestness in everyday life. Conversely, Oscar Wilde presents a play that is ironic, and we are left with an opposite lesson... Using Humor to Survive Tragedy "Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers." - Bill Cosby. In Webster’s dictionary, earnes...
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Literature: Compare and contrast two plays and how each comments on a moral theme of the time
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...BEING EARNEST In the plays, Dr. Faustus and Importance of being Earnest, what strikes us is the presence and absencerespectively 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. But the price of greatness is never fully fathomed till it’s too late. In Importance of being Earnest, Oscar Wilde has shown little or no interest in such conventional views of morality. This is a completely non-serious play, which is considered a comic masterpiece and that effectively mocks Victorian values and false view of virtue. The most important character is that of Doctor Faustus... DOCTOR FAUSTUS AND IMPORTANCE OF...
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Comparison of Christopher Marlowe's and Oscar Wilde's Plays
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...Being Earnest.” In Marlowe’s play, the main character pulls off a series of mean tricks on others that only serve to bring about his own ruin. The characters in Wilde’s play also pull off a series of tricks, but are able to redeem themselves by being earnest in the end. While deception can be seen to be the primary theme in both plays, then, the outcomes are difference based upon... Jennifer Frade LIA4 09/28/2007 The Darker Side of Laughter Deception is often the primary means of bringing about comedic moments, but can also have a much more serious side. This is darker side of laughter is a central theme of both Christopher Marlowe’s play “Dr. Faustus” as well as Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being...
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Realist and Nonrealist Techniques in Literature
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...Being Earnest" By Oscar Wilde TABLE OF CONTENTS I. INTRODUCTION a. Victorian British Culture b. Realist Technique c. The Great Expectation d. The Importance of Being Earnest II. SIMILARITIES (Compare) a. Victorian Culture b. Social Levels c. Importance of lineage III. DIFFERENCES ( Contrast) a. The Tone b. Humour c. Effect IV. CONCLUSIONS a. Few observations b. Closing statement V. REFERENCES a. Primary References b. Secondary References I. INTRODUCTION This paper aims to test one's ability to construct a textual analysis of a given Victorian literary pieces... An Analysis In the Use of Realist and Non-Realist Technique in "The Great Expectation" by Charles Dickens And "The Importance of Being...
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...being earnest is a story of a comedy of errors that gives out one of the most pivotal lessons of social life. As the title of the story suggests, the importance of being earnest and sincere in a society that is laced with hypocrisy is central to one’s happiness and fulfillment with life. A satire on the Victorian era, Wilde portrays situations where hypocrisy comes into direct conflict with sincerity. Moreover, the fact that the man named Earnest is so desirable by all takes the reader deeper into the complexity of the clash between sincerity and insincere attitudes. Both women, Cecily and Gwendolen feel that the name Earnest “inspires absolute confidence” (Wilde... ? English The poem “When I have fears...
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Akutagawa, Kesa and Morito
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...Being Earnest: Oscar Wilde Topic: The Importance of Being Earnest: Oscar Wilde Marriage is like a volleyball court. The ball is tossed from one court to another. Marriage is not the “merry -age.” Two individuals live together, often they agree to disagree but carry on under the compulsions of the restrictions imposed by the society. The nature marriage is strange, and each one sees the new horizon. In Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” marriage is of supreme importance and it opens up debates at several fronts and gets the plot moving. The exercise of speculation begins in the relationship of marriage, each partner tries to outsmart the other, the never-ending debate... The Importance of...
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Critical Reading and Interpretation
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...Being Earnest. Thesis: Both Wilde and Marlowe seemed to have their own way of presenting an individualistic picture of the social and moral values of England The social values and morals differ according to the effect of periods in England, for example, Elizabethan England varies a lot with that of Victorian. Such as during the Elizabethan era there were certain limitations imposed on society in the form of restrictions. Where as Victorian era could possibly extend the freedom and right to learn etc, however the class differences were felt seriously as one of the richest social orders. Dr.Faustus by Christopher... Topic: Comparison of the social and moral themes of Dr.Faustus and The Importance of...
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...Being Earnest: Ray Bradbury and the Martian Chronicles. The Journal of General Education, 28. 1 (SPRING 1976): 50-54.... clouds that brought rains and resulted in blockage of the sun as fancy. Bradbury also shares his vision of realism involving things that once lived but are not currently in existence. In the essay, it will be necessary to start by defining what imagination is in various dimensions, viewpoints, or perspectives. Second, the essay would examine on the role that imagination has on humans in their day-to-day lives. Further, the essay would address how imagination enhances the possibility for an individual to tour and experience the world, virtually, without...
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Moral
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...Being Earnest and William Shakespeare, in Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, venture into nature of society and how it effects the individuals within that society. Shakespeare and Wilde assert that deception is a symptom of a corrupt society not a character flaw. The plot of The Importance of Being... The desperate need to be moral within society contributes to the motivations, choices, and actions made by people everyday. It is society which defines what morality is and applies the necessary pressure to force individuals to conform. Often, failing under these societal pressures, individuals are forced to use deception to escape the oppressive nature of their society. Oscar Wilde, in The Importance of Being ...
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Power of Communication
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...Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde Introduction The ‘importance of being Earnest’ is a play written in an English setting, presenting Jack Worthing as the main protagonist (Wilde act 1). In line with Elinor Fuche’s ‘visit to a small planet’, it is not just enough to plainly go through a play without digging deep into it. It is of essence to place oneself into the ‘world’ of the play, by critically analyzing each and every aspect of the play (Fuch paragraph 3). This line of thought is very much in agreement with the six elements of a play discussed by Aristotle in his theory (Aristotle paragraph 1). Both theories help in arriving at the true meaning and essence of a play... An analysis of ‘The Importance of...
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Oscar Wilde
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...being Earnest’, ‘An Ideal Husband’ and ‘Lady Windermere’s Fan’. I. Importance of being Earnest The importance of being Earnest revolved around a man named Jack Worthing, who was leading a double life in order to get away from the societal pressures of acting a certain way. His alter ego was named Earnest and he hid his personality from others by telling that Earnest was his unruly younger brother. Although, a dramatic turn of events reveal that he had been unconsciously playing out the truth all his life, but Jack’s charade depicts the hypocrisy that pervaded the upper class English society and depicted the double standards within the society. His friend dubs... ? Oscar Wilde Oscar Wilde has been...
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Wit and Comedy in Literature
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...being Earnest' with a keen eye on the extent and attitude with which these works of comedy and satire have been crafted in the context of the conventions of the genres to which the owe allegiance... the wit and humour inherent in it, if proper attention is paid to the genre which circumscribes it, is "The Importance of being Earnest". In accordance with a thorough work of comedy, it has all the essential elements that are set to amuse and interest a reader, though there is no denying the fact that this drama tacitly deals with the vital social issues of its times. In the tradition of a true comedy, it exploits the peculiarities of the characters and their...
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