Marriage in "The Importance of Being Earnest" Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Marriage in "The Importance of Being Earnest"
A look at Oscar Wilde's views on marriage in "The Importance of Being Earnest".
# 36312 | 1,150 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 07, 2003 in Literature (English) , Women Studies (Marriage) , Drama and Theater (General)

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This paper discusses how in "The Importance of Being Earnest", Oscar Wilde uses the theme of marriage to present the hypocrisy of society which emphasizes love but actually means money, power and social status. The paper explains that he suggests that marriage is not a bond of love but rather, a bond of material wealth. The paper then argues that this very concept of marriage as seen in the Victorian times can be seen today, in the 21st century, as marriage is defined by the bank balance, the alimony received and the number of affairs that took place.

From the Paper:

"Paradox, nonsense, and faulty logic have always been the hallmark of Oscar Wilde's plays. It is more extensive in The Importance of Being Earnest, one of the great comedies of the English language. In it, Oscar Wilde has created a complete world, entirely light and frivolous. Unreal people in an unreal world inhabit this world. The subject too, is radically different not only from his contemporaries, but from his previous works too. At one stroke, he has eliminated the second-hand melodrama, which was the mainstay of the earlier plays. The good women and adventuresses are gone. So are the moral dilemmas and the lessons in human relations.
"Those elements of the other plays that remain, such as intrigue, the ancient secret, the tangled romances, have altered drastically. Wilde has treated the age-old plot concerning the comedy of errors with a new twist to it."

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