Importance of Being Earnest
Oscar Wilde, the writer of The Importance of Being Earnest, was most a peculiar character. This is present in his writings, particularly in the work as mentioned earlier. The Importance of Being Earnest uses unfamiliar circumstances and striking quips to produce a sense of humour that nearly all people enjoy. The Importance of Being Earnest was almost a Victorian illustration of an incident of Seinfeld (Wilde and Alysia 374). The traits contained within regularly find themselves in the strange conditions, so strange that one can find them humorous. They even, at times, tend to signify instances in which one may find himself or herself involved. I chose to analyze the play through the Marxist lens, which focuses on class relationships. In essence, it was the standout procedure as the play’s social classes are continually being compared and viewed as the only thing of any importance when regarding marriage. For instance, in Act one, where Jack realizes “Gwendolyn loves the name Ernest”. He tries several ways to talk to her and find out if she could love him if his name were Jack. She deliberates the entire question to be putative and unimportant since she always knows him to be Ernest. The whole dialogue that occurs during the discussion has humorous pieces that add to the colourful nature of the play. Jack speaks one piece of the dialogue, where he says, “Gwendolyn, I must get christened at once imply, people ought to get married at once”; Wilde demonstrates how community would seem to show concern that pertains aspect of an individual, such as their name or affluence, rather than their trait (Wilde 324). Next, when Algernon speaks to Cecily concerning their engagement. Cecily is aware that Algernon is a brother to Jack, “Ernest and has an affair with the name similar to that of Gwendolyn”. Algernon attempts to inquire, in a similar manner whether Cecily could love him if he bore another name, such as Algernon. “Cecily responds in a similar manner”. Wilde finds one piece to be humorous, and, as a result, includes it in the first act. He then decides to repeat a similar situation in the second Act of the play. Another example of Wilde’s use of humour is in his witty remarks and epigrams. By using these devices, the character becomes coloured and helps to stabilize them well against others instead of forming a “flat”; appearance. “The most conspicuous figure that validates these qualities is Algernon, whose mastery of the story is impeccable”. In Act one, after Jack finishes a conversation with Lady Bracknell about wedding Gwendolyn, Lady Bracknell lives the room (Wilde 347). Jack has hardly a second to contemplate about the occasions when Algernon begins by frolicking the traditional Wedding March. Algernon, in a way, pieces the role of the bothersome younger brother, who complains and plays off one’s faults. Ironically, one learns later that Algernon is young brother to Jack. Oscar Wilde, an Irish-born playwright, illustrates to someone who studies his works that customs are not always the best procedure. His writings were very favourable to the same people to which his repartee aims. With Wilde, “sarcasm mixed with dialogue in the right proportion proved to be the right medicine for the disorders of the community”. By creating the gentry the strength of his jokes and writing about their “problems”; Oscar Wilde proves that things do not always need to fit with tradition in order to be acceptable.
Oscar Wilde, Alyssa Harad. The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays. London: Simon and Schuster, 2005. Print.
Wilde, Oscar. Oscar Wilde Complete Works – The Importance of Being Earnest Picture of Dorian Gray Salome Ballad of Reading Gaol De Profundis An Ideal Husband Canterville Ghost A Woman of No Importance Happy Prince Lady Windermere’s Fan Soul of Man under Socialism Lord. Washington: AEB Publishing, 2011. Print.
Oscar Wilde. The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays: Lady Windermere’s Fan; Salome; A Woman of No Importance; An Ideal Husband; The Importance of Being Earnest. London: Oxford University Press, 2008. Print.