Morality and Marriage in Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”


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Essay #: 061058
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Morality and Marriage in Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest"
This film study will examine the visual and audio components in relation to the morality of the Victorian marriage in Oliver Parker’s version of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. By defining the often-patriarchal nature of marriage in the Victorian period, one can realize the social institution that forged the strict observance of men and women being ‘one’ through a legal and moral binding in Parker’s film. However, Oscar Wilde often conflicts with the institution of marriage, often using high society appearances and linguistic arrogance as a visual and audio cue to create hypocritical stereotypes of English elites. In essence, the Victorian institution of...
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.....lyzed for its visual and audio components in Wilde’s classic satire of English elites. The morality of being unity with a loved one is certainly the external social apparatus of Victorian marriage in the elitist appearance of its members, which is accented by the audio cues found in Wilde’s use of elitist speaking and linguistic references made by the main characters. Parker’s use of well-dressed charlatans describe a visually stimulating 29th century era film in which he uses the sounds of language to project Wilde’s satire on marriage and of the hypocrisy that Algernon, Cecily, Jack, and others exhibit in this film.
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The Importance of Being Earnest. Dir. Oliver Parker. Perfs. Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon. USA: Miramax, 2002.