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The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde S Madcap Farce About Mistaken Identities, Secret Engagements, And Lovers Entanglements Still Delights Readers Than A Century After Its Publication And Premiere Performance The Rapid Fire Wit And Eccentric Characters Of The Importance Of Being Earnest Have Made It A Mainstay Of The High School Curriculum For DecadesCecily Cardew And Gwendolen Fairfax Are Both In Love With The Same Mythical Suitor Jack Worthing Has Wooed Gwendolen As Ernest While Algernon Has Also Posed As Ernest To Win The Heart Of Jack S Ward, Cecily When All Four Arrive At Jack S Country Home On The Same Weekend The Rivals To Fight For Ernest S Undivided Attention And The Ernests To Claim Their Beloveds Pandemonium Breaks Loose Only A Senile Nursemaid And An Old, Discarded Hand Bag Can Save The Day This Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Edition Includes A Glossary And Reader S Notes To Help The Modern Reader Appreciate Wilde S Wry Wit And Elaborate Plot Twists Some times it makes me wonder that this play was written ages ago This book seems to be a contemporary classic It seems there are lots of movies based on the theme of this play And one thing I noticed that it has all the spices of an Indian comedy movie It s full of witticism and humour, but sometimes so silly that you cannot stop laughing out loud A fun read that will make you forget your troubles for a while We live in an age of idealsWilde is a genius This play is genius What a penetrating critique of high Victorian society this becomes but rather than being a dull argument or essay, it takes on the body of a hilarious play This is just absurd, outrageous and straight to the point This picture says it all to me Jack undergoes a great deal of social mobility prior to the events of the play however, Bracknell, who represents the rigidness of British aristocracy, is very alarmed that such a man could marry her daughter He is not worthy enough When Jack explains the details of the train line he was left at, she ironically exclaims The line is immaterial And that such a marriage would remind her of the worst excesses of the French revolution The dialogue is utterly genius The best thing about it is that the characters are completely unaware of their own absurd hypocrisy The train line doesn t matter, but his bloodline does Bracknell loves money It s one of the only reasons she actually listens to Jack s request to marry her daughter Later, she becomes suddenly interested in Cecily after learning of her inheritance It means there could be money for the rich It is one of the key things on her ideal husband list for Gwendolyn It s also key element of the play that demonstrates the absurdity of her class, but it is second only to the importance of appearance Money is great, but if you look like a fool in society then you re ruined Through this Wilde is demonstrating the ridiculous nature of Victorian morality, and how concerned it is with a perfect societal image Bracknell s daughter could not be seen forming an alliance with a handbag Marriage is simply a business transaction, a way to improve one s wealth and station There is nothing for the Bracknell s in such an alliance love simply does not enter the question The possible increase in wealth is overshadowed by tarnishing the family name This is an opinion earlier mentioned by Algernon Whilst social mobility is possible in Wilde s play, it is resented by those that are the established elite regardless of their own meagre origins Hypocrisy reigns supremeNever speak disrespectfully of Society, Algernon Only people who can t get into it do that Algernon and Jon both become gluttonous towards food This demonstrates the greed that permeates the morale fabric of Victorian society, as neither of these men actually actively work and they just spend their time self indulging through their respective false identities They simply consume without producing in their self aggrandised manners The rich have a sense of false entitlement that Wilde questions heroically he demonstrates that the supposed morale fabric that governs higher society is completely false it is a trick, a mere appearance whilst the members live secret livesMy duty as a gentleman has never interfered with my pleasures in the smallest degree And here comes the crux of the play The persona of Earnest becomes a means of escape for Jack, and later Algernon it becomes a means for letting loose and maintaining his position within society He can bare all the graces of a Victorian gentleman, the perfects ideal, but he can also have fun The living of double lives suggests the strictness of society, and the lengths the members could take to momentarily escape its rigid bounds This also suggests the ease to which they can shift between the public and private sectors of their personalities It s not hard to pretend It s not hard to go bumbrying There s some extensive doubling going on At times it reminded me of Shakespeare s wonderfulTwelfth Night,and at other points there were undertones of Wilde s masterpieceThe Picture of Dorian Grey The Victorians judged people on their appearance and their supposed morale character So what do you do if you have a slightly deviant nature You can t let yourself be ruined within society That s paramount to death So a fictional alter ego is the perfect excuse to go and indulge But lies always catch up with people it was obvious that this would end in an explosion of realisations Thus everything becomes perfectly inverted Morality and the constraints it imposes on society is a favourite topic of conversation The characters have some rather hilarious notions as to what is right and what is wrong Reading a cigarette case is an ungentlemanly act culture is dependent on what one shouldn t read and Algernon thinks the servant class has a responsibility to set a moral standard for the upper classes Bracknell takes on the role of clan patriarch, and the men have typical female traits whilst the women become active in seeking their ideal husband At times they say things that make absolutely no sense, but such is the nature of ideals It s all incredibly comic The point is that people can become so enamoured, so quickly, with an ideal that doesn t exist They want perfection not a reflection of the real person It s Wilde s perfect demonstration of how stupid Victorian society was It s a fun play, but there are serious undertones It s an effective critique of society, very much set down in the way he argued good criticism should be in his essayThe Critic as Artist Wilde is an artist, and this is a fine critique It s immensely clever and hilarious in the process. When I was quite young I guess, if you were of a mind to, you might say it was a generation ago I was listening to a radio program and for some reason they decided to do the handbag scene from The Importance of Being Earnest I d heard of the play before, obviously, but only the name I had thought it would be some terribly dreary thing, having no idea just how funny a man Wilde was The guy on the radio gave it quite a build up saying something to the effect that this scene is not just one of the funniest in what is a very funny play, but perhaps one of the funniest scenes in the whole of English drama I waited fully expecting to be disappointed.Naturally, I howled with laughter It is very hard to explain just how funny it is hearing a woman one of those English upper class aunts that Wodehouse also made a living out of depicting can be saying the words, A handbag Now, who would ever have thought that perhaps the funniest line in the whole of English drama could possibly be, A handbag I say this without the least fear of spoiling the joke for you, by the way, if you ve never read or seen the play A mistake that must be remedied immediately if you never have seen it, by the way.It would be all too easy to dismiss this play as a light romantic comedy Although it is about a series of near thwarted romances the stuff of a million chick flicks and romantic comedies going back as far as the eye can see in drama this is also something much, much It is also a delightfully amusing commentary on human sexual relations, the English class system and much importantly a perfect mirror on the amusing excesses of human selfishness In fact, some of the best lines in the play, and the funniest lines in the play, highlight our near infinite capacity to love ourselves To quote only a few and without hardly looking If you are not too long, I will wait for you all my life Oh Not at all, Gwendolen I am very fond of being looked at If I am occasionally overdressed, I make up for it by being always immensely over educated I don t play accurately anyone can play accurately but I play with wonderful expression You see, it her diary is simply a very young girl s record of her thoughts and impressions, and consequently meant for publication The other terribly interesting thing in this play is the role of family Not only are the families quite dysfunctional, even when people know who their parents are, but the title character is about as confused about how he fits into the complex world of family relations as it is possible to make someone The thing that makes the line about the handbag quite so funny is that this handbag is about the closest thing he has to family in the entire world As Pascal once said, we laugh and cry about the same things I m going to finish with my favourite exchange in the play, other than, obviously, the handbag scene which is incomparable Lady Bracknell Is this Miss Prism a female of repellent aspect, remotely connected with education Chasuble Somewhat indignantly She is the most cultivated of ladies, and the very picture of respectability.Lady Bracknell It is obviously the same person Wilde is, it hardly needs to be said, the closest thing to a God we are likely to have visit us on this planet There are, for example, even now, than 100 years after his death, entire companies that produce desk calendars that would not be in business if not for the endless supply of quotes he provides for the foot of Monday the Ninth of February and so on.If humour comes in a spectrum and slapstick is at one end of that spectrum, then this is the other end. If you are not too long, I will wait for you all my life Ah, Mr Wilde can always be counted on to make me laugh, to poke fun at the ridiculousness of human behaviour, to tell a story that is both incredibly clever and undeniably silly The Importance of Being Earnest is a play about mistaken identity, lies, the English class system, and the never ending vanity and selfishness of high society members And it s hilarious It s one of few pre 20th century comedies to have maintained it s laugh factor to this day And one of the few plays I actually enjoy to read The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever The story is about Ernest Ernest is a number of people John Worthing, John Worthing s imaginary brother, and Algernon Montcrieff in short, Ernest does not exist but is rather the creation of John s and Algernon s overactive and untruthful minds As the pair create a web of lies in order to impress the women in their lives who absolutely adore the name Ernest, they become and tangled in their mess When the two meet whilst playing their imaginary characters to different people, their lies start to unravel.Wilde takes us on a mocking journey through the lives of several wealthy 19th century people His dialogue is witty and brimming with jokes at the expense of the upper classes, I especially like Lady Bracknell s response to John Worthing being an orphan when she is assessing whether he is good enough for her daughterTo lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune to lose both looks like carelessness And a few gems I never travel without my diary One should always have something sensational to read in the train My dear fellow, the truth isn t quite the sort of thing one tells to a nice, sweet, refined girl What extraordinary ideas you have about the way to behave to a woman To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up.

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