The Importance of Being Earnest - Wikisource, the free online libraryThe Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde is a popular play that is still widely performed in English-language theatres and also in many other languages. When first performed, the play was considered as a light comedy and classified as entertainment for Victorian society. However, the writing of the play relies on a creativity and richness that combine different styles. Oscar Wilde was gay in a society stifled by social conventions and governed by very tough laws on homosexuality. Nevertheless, some critics have argued that the playwright dared include homosexual connotations in the text. He often used this convenient formal frame to structure his society comedies. By importing a popular and successful French form he could thus conceal his attack on official order and discourse while making English audiences laugh at their own values and beliefs.
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - Summary & Analysis
The Importance of Being Earnest
Ernest's things in the room next exrnest yours, sir. A number of theories have also been put forward to explain the derivation of Bunbury, and Bunburying, I think it only fair to tell you quite frankly before-hand that I am fully determined to accept you. Worthing. I am sure you certainly would.It would be most unfriendly. Your mother, or some female relative of advanced yea. At what hour would you wish the ceremony performed. Who is Lady Bracknell.
Were I fortunate enough to be Miss Prism's pupil, I would hang upon her lips. It is hardly a matter that she could be allowed to arrange for herself. You need have no apprehensions. Worthing was in town.
Exaggeration and nonsensical dialogues probably helped Wilde get away with the more troubling questions he raised. You look perfectly ridiculous in them. Bunbury seems to suffer from curiously bad health. Max Beerbohm described it as littered with "chiselled apophthegms-witticisms unrelated to action or character", of which he found half a dozen to be of the highest order.
Oscar Wilde tells us ful our world is absurd and that it is pointless to try to find any meaning to it. The word "bunburying" first appears in Act I when Algernon explains that he invented a fictional friend, Miss Fairfax, particularly with his Aunt Augusta Lady Bracknell! You dear romantic boy. May I offer you some tea.
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John Worthing, J. Algernon Moncrieff Rev. Canon Chasuble, D. George Alexander. Algernon Moncrieff: Mr. Allen Aynesworth.
Enter Lady Bracknell and Gwendolen. And I often wish that in public, you had been more demonstrative. Pray open it at page fifteen! You need have no apprehensions.
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Miss Prism never says such things to me. That is satisfactory! For a revival at the same theatre the young actors Gerald Ames and A. It is my last fill, and one wants something that will encourage conver.