A Review of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”


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A Review of Oscar Wilde’s "The Importance of Being Earnest"
When discussing theater, the word controversial does not automatically come to mind. In fact, in many cases the phrase is likely to not even enter the discussion. While the Victorian period was known as age of great literary accomplishments as well as a time when the theater flourished, especially in London, it was also a time period known for puritanical attitudes which often stifled artistic endeavors, especially those that attempted to push the accepted the social norms, or even those were deemed to overstep the rigidly defined boundaries of society. Under these circumstances one of the most controversial playwrights, poets and authors of the time created one of his most famous...
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.....to show the hypocrisy of an age where someone could fall in love with another in large part because of their name. Wilde then took it a step further by having that name be a façade and by showing how all of the younger characters in the story sought to escape the rigidity of society. The importance of the play can be seen in Wilde’s attempts to show the restraints of Victorian England, the very constrictions he himself was trying to escape because of his sexual orientation.
Hyde, Harford Montgomery. (1948). The Trials of Oscar Wilde, London: Dover Publications
Wilde, Oscar. (1895). The Importance of Being Earnest
The Importance of Being Earnest Film Review: Was it at least a designer handbag. (2002). New York Times, May 22, 2002.