Yet The Importance of Being Earnest remains one of the funniest and most often performed comedies in the English language. Jack Worthing regularly flees his country home for London with the excuse of tending to his scandalous—and nonexistent—younger brother Ernest.
Puns In The Importance of Being Earnest, the pun, widely considered to be the lowest form of verbal wit, is rarely just a play on words. The pun in the title is a case in point. Inversion One of the most common motifs in The Importance of Being Earnest is the notion of inversion, and inversion takes many forms.
The play contains inversions of thought, situation, and character, as well as inversions of common notions of morality or philosophical thought.
Most of the women in the play represent an inversion of accepted Victorian practices with regard to gender roles. The trick that Wilde plays on Miss Prism at the end of the play is also a kind of inversion: Besides giving the play a layer of dark humor, the death jokes also connect to the idea of life being a work of art.
The Dandy To the form of Victorian melodrama, Wilde contributed the figure of the dandy, a character who gave the form a moral texture it had never before possessed. To a very large extent, this figure was a self-portrait, a stand-in for Wilde himself.
The dandy pretends to be all about surface, which makes him seem trivial, shallow, and ineffectual. In fact, the dandy in both plays turns out to be something very close to the real hero.
He proves to be deeply moral and essential to the happy resolution of the plot. In The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon has many characteristics of the dandy, but he remains morally neutral throughout the play.
Many other characters also express dandiacal sentiments and views. Her dandiacal qualities make her a perfect match for him.The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde The Project Gutenberg eBook, The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST will be directed by The Original Theatre Company’s Artistic Director, Alastair Whatley, with set and costume designs by Gabriella Slade, sound and music by Giles.
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