The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest[EPUB] ✴ The Importance of Being Earnest ✷ Oscar Wilde – Heartforum.co.uk 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 Oscar Wilde s of Being PDF ✓ madcap farce about mistaken identities, secret engagements, and lovers entanglements still delights readers than a century after itspublication and premiere performance The rapid fire wit and eccentric characters of The Importance of Being Earnest have made it a mainstay of the high The Importance PDF or 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 Importance of Being Epub µ 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.

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  1. Sean Barrs says:

    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 suchWe 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 bemoney 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 thatAlgernon 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.Facebook Twitter Insta Academia

  2. Trevor says:

    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 on 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, muchIt is also a delightfully amusing commentary on human sexual relations, the English class system and muchimportantly 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

  3. Emily May says:

    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 fa 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 becomeandtangled 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 fewgems 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

  4. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    This 1895 play about mistaken and hidden identities is my favorite by Oscar Wilde One of the wittiest plays ever Algernon is visited in his town home by his friend Ernest, who intends to propose to Algernon s cousin Gwendolen Algernon manages to dig out his friend s secret his name is actually Jack.Jack has an 18 year old ward, Cecily, who lives in his country home So he uses the name Ernest when he is in town so he can live it up a little, and then tells Cecily about his wastrel younger bro This 1895 play about mistaken and hidden identities is my favorite by Oscar Wilde One of the wittiest plays ever Algernon is visited in his town home by his friend Ernest, who intends to propose to Algernon s cousin Gwendolen Algernon manages to dig out his friend s secret his name is actually Jack.Jack has an 18 year old ward, Cecily, who lives in his country home So he uses the name Ernest when he is in town so he can live it up a little, and then tells Cecily about his wastrel younger brother Ernest when he stays with her in the country Algernon is instantly intrigued and wants to meet Cecily Jack refuses Enter Jack s beloved, Gwendolen, with her mother, Lady Bracknell, the epitome of Victorian shallowness, materialism and moral superiority Never speak disrespectfully of Society, Algernon Only people who can t get into it do that Gwendolen is delighted to accept Jack s proposal, but her mother refuses to approve the engagement Jack is a foundling who doesn t know who his parents are To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune to lose both looks like carelessness So things are at a standstill until Algernon sneaks off to visit Jack s country home and meet Cecily He introduces himself as Jack s wayward brother Ernest Love at first sight, and comedy heaven, ensue Both Gwendolen and Cecily are bound and determined to marry a man named Ernest There is something in that name that seems to inspire absolute confidence You can see the clash coming, but it s even better when it happens than you could imagine.It s a quick read, just under 100 pages on my Kindle Everybody wants to be earnest or Ernest but nobody really is or are they It s the most intriguing combination of delightful frothiness and absurdity, but with a strong streak of social satire and criticism of society s shallowness and materialism running through it I can t recommend it highly enough.Reading this is great, but seeing it is even better I haven t seen the 2002 film with Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon and Judi Dench, which sounds fantastic But I can vouch for the 1952 film, which is an absolute delight, with Michael Redgrave and Dame Edith Evans in the role of her life as the imposing Lady Bracknell

  5. Ashwood (애쉬 우드). says:

    Hilarious and entertaining read, the wit and sarcasm in this book was outta this world

  6. Henry Avila says:

    Algernon Algy Moncrieff, is being visited, by his enigmatic friend, Ernest Worthing, that is Ernest in town and Jack John , in the country It s a long story, but we have time, Mr.Worthing, likes to go to town Get as far as possible, away from his stifling, depressing, responsibilities at home, change his name to Ernest and becomes his younger brother who doesn t exist Do the wrong things, everybody has secrets, still lies in fact, flow like maple syrup on pancakes, from his lips That Algernon Algy Moncrieff, is being visited, by his enigmatic friend, Ernest Worthing, that is Ernest in town and Jack John , in the country It s a long story, but we have time, Mr.Worthing, likes to go to town Get as far as possible, away from his stifling, depressing, responsibilities at home, change his name to Ernest and becomes his younger brother who doesn t exist Do the wrong things, everybody has secrets, still lies in fact, flow like maple syrup on pancakes, from his lips That s the charm of this play, finding out the truth, strange but the facts, will eventually make it all right The constantly broke Algernon, also likes telling a few untruths, he has an imaginary friend, at his age Bunbury, chiefly used, by Mr Moncrieff, to get out of going, to see the intimidating Lady Bracknell, his aunt Friend Bunbury, always becomes gravely ill, just as his presence is needed , at his relative s residence, the good man, goes to see the sick friend, what devotion There are not many like him, around any, but the sick man inevitably recovers, which greatly irritates his Aunt Augusta, wishing that Bunbury, makes up his mind, is he staying or going Lady Bracknell is very, very, scary, she makes people uncomfortable, the sooner they get out of her sight, thecomfortable they becomeHer husband , Lord Bracknell, hides upstairs and is not seen very often, except by his family, most people in London don t know he exists His wife likes it that way Today Aunt Augusta, comes to see her nephew, bringing along her quiet daughter, Gwendolen Ernest Jack is madly in love with her, she seems not to mind too much, but of course there is a problem Ernest was found in a railroad station, in a handbag, at the tender age of one, nobody knew where he came from, fortunately for the baby, being adopted by his founder, a very rich, and kindly, old gentleman Who, when he expired, left him, Ernest, a wealthy man, in his will, 28 years later, complications arise, Mr Worthing, proposes to Algernon s cousin, she accepts, yet Lady Bracknell seems dubious He is not on her list, of worthy bachelors, starts asking questions, who are his parents Tells the great lady , he doesn t have any, she replies, that seems like carelessness, which annoys the not quite earnest, Ernest Now the unethical Mr.Moncrieff, is eavesdropping, writes down his friend s unknown address, the shy man, never told him, and after everyone leaves, he hops on a train and arrives at Worthing s home Pretends to be Ernest, Jack s never seen evil brother, another pretend surprise, at meeting with Cecily, his friend s beautiful 18 year old ward, granddaughter of his late benefactor Love at first sight, she wants to reform the notorious man, he s very willing to become respectable , all is going well, but Jack this is the country , returns home, you guessed it , also the fearsome, Lady Bracknell and daughter Trouble, with a capital T, both girls are engaged to a man called Ernest Which cause hurt feelings and a lot of turmoil, name calling and disagreeable scenes, before the resolution of our playA witty and amusing story, making fun of the foibles of the upper class , by Oscar Wilde who else

  7. Cecily says:

    If you try to take this literally, it is ludicrous, so don t It is a delicately crafted confection of spun sugar sweet but sharp, beautiful, brittle, and engineered to amuse An iridescent filament of fantasy , as critic William Archer described the opening performance on Valentine s Day 1895 In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing. Gwendolen This play is a social comedy that celebrates surfaces the flexible importance of etiquette as long as it s under If you try to take this literally, it is ludicrous, so don t It is a delicately crafted confection of spun sugar sweet but sharp, beautiful, brittle, and engineered to amuse An iridescent filament of fantasy , as critic William Archer described the opening performance on Valentine s Day 1895 In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing. Gwendolen This play is a social comedy that celebrates surfaces the flexible importance of etiquette as long as it s underpinned by money , and the essential veneer of politeness especially when insulting someone It is chock full of often contrary epigrams, even from Algy s dryly droll manservant, Lane The deadly importance of the triviality is everything , as Sir John Gielgud said of this play, aping Wilde s style Plot Jack and Algernon are wealthy, single, shallow young men in Victorian London Jack wants to marry Algy s cousin Gwendolen daughter of Lady Bracknell , but matters are complicated when Algy finds Jack s cigarette case, with a puzzling dedication engraved in it, from Cecily Algy is intrigued, and not at all convinced by Jack s explanation The truth is rarely pure and never simple. Algernon The plot is clever and silly, and really just a framework for exploring ideas about society, marriage, education, and food Food features a great deal, in all three acts, even though it has no real bearing on the plot at all This play has given us A Hand bag, the double life of a Bunburyist written just before Wilde s own double life quite exploded , like poor Bunbury , the impossibility of eating muffins in an agitated manner, and two much quoted and paraphrased lines To lose one parent, Mr Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune to lose both looks like carelessness. Lady Bracknell All women become like their mothers That is their tragedy No man does, and that is his. Algernon The ending is apparently happy, despite only one of two key points being definitively resolved Perhaps that s to placate Cecily I don t like novels that end happily They depress me so much. No matter Wilde s wit is the thing Then and Now The original audience would have laughed at the portrayal of themselves, or those in their circle Our modern society seems so very different, but we are still there, in the play Lady Bracknell s alternative facts quoted below , Miss Prism s trashy trilogy, being swayed by the vagaries of fashion, and torn between pleasure and duty, comfort eating, and even the difficulty of finding suitable childcare We should laugh at ourselves, as much as them I have nothing in common with Cecily Cardew except a first name, but the novelty of encountering another Cecily was a small part in its initial appeal and is an even smaller part of my enduring fondness for it I have read and seen it including an operatic adaptation many times, and acted in it once but not as Cecily WH Auden described this as The only pure verbal opera in English Who am I or you to disagree A Hand bag To be born, or at any rate bred, in a hand bag, whether it had handles or not, seems to me to display a contempt for the ordinary decencies of family life that reminds one of the worst excesses of the French Revolution. Lady Bracknell Picture of baby in a somewhat large, black leather hand bag, with handles to it. Lady Bracknell would have been early 40s, but aged Edith Evans cinematic exaggeration is the performance that sticks, regardless of how subsequent actors deliver it Alternative Facts Lady Bracknell has many questions to assess a suitor, including their all important address es Lady Bracknell What number in Belgrave Square Jack 149 Lady Bracknell Shaking her head The unfashionable side I thought there was something However, that could easily be altered Jack Do you mean the fashion, or the side Lady Bracknell Sternly Both, if necessary, I presume Quotes Grouped by Subject These are hidden for brevity No real plot spoilers view spoiler Food Quotes I hate people who are not serious about meals It is so shallow of them. Algernon The play is rife with storms over teacups, muffins, cucumber sandwiches lack thereof , and cake, none of which affect the plot, but all of which shine a dark light on the characters Jack How you can sit there, calmly eating muffins when we are in this horrible trouble, I can t make out You seem to me to be perfectly heartless Algernon Well, I can t eat muffins in an agitated manner The butter would probably get on my cuffs One should always eat muffins quite calmly It is the only way to eat them Jack I say it s perfectly heartless your eating muffins at all, under the circumstances Picture English muffin, toasted, and buttered Algernon Picking up empty plate in horror Good heavens Lane Why are there no cucumber sandwiches I ordered them specially Lane Gravely There were no cucumbers in the market this morning, sir I went down twice Algernon No cucumbers Lane No, sir Not even for ready money When I am in trouble, eating is the only thing that consoles me Indeed, when I am in really great trouble, as any one who knows me intimately will tell you, I refuse everything except food and drink Algernon You have filled my tea with lumps of sugar, and though I asked most distinctly for bread and butter, you have given me cake Gwendolen to Cecily Education and Erudition Quotes I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit touch it and the bloom is gone The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever Lady Bracknell Literary criticism is not your forte, my dear fellow Don t try it You should leave that to people who haven t been at a University They do it so well in the daily papers Algernon Oh it is absurd to have a hard and fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn t More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn t read Algernon Dr Chasuble is a most learned man He has never written a single book, so you can imagine how much he knows Cecily I never travel without my diary One should always have something sensational to read in the train GwendolenPersonal note I was only a little younger than Wilde s Cecily when I first saw the play At the time, I kept a diary of sorts, but afterwards, it never felt quite the same I suppose it wasn t sensational enough Society and Etiquette Quotes Never speak disrespectfully of Society, Algernon Only people who can t get into it do that Lady Bracknell Thirty five is a very attractive age London society is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty five for years Lady Bracknell My duty as a gentleman has never interfered with my pleasures in the smallest degree Algernon When one is in town one amuses oneself When one is in the country one amuses other people It is excessively boring Jack I never saw anybody take so long to dress, and with such little result Algernon of Jack Bunbury Quotes Lady Bracknell I think it is high time that Mr Bunbury made up his mind whether he was going to live or to die This shilly shallying with the question is absurd Algernon The doctors found out that Bunbury could not live, that is what I mean so Bunbury died Lady Bracknell He seems to have had great confidence in the opinion of his physicians I am glad, however, that he made up his mind at the last to some definite course of action, and acted under proper medical advice Marriage Quotes You don t seem to realise, that in married life three is company and two is none Algernon Lane s views on marriage seem somewhat lax Really, if the lower orders don t set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them They seem, as a class, to have absolutely no sense of moral responsibility Algernon I have always been of opinion that a man who desires to get married should know either everything or nothing Which do you know Lady Bracknell A moment, Mr Worthing A hundred and thirty thousand pounds And in the Funds Miss Cardew seems to me a most attractive young lady, now that I look at her Few girls of the present day have any really solid qualities, any of the qualities that last, and improve with time We live, I regret to say, in an age of surfaces To Cecily Come over here, dear Cecily goes across Pretty child your dress is sadly simple, and your hair seems almost as Nature might have left it But we can soon alter all that A thoroughly experienced French maid produces a really marvellous result in a very brief space of time Lady Bracknell I do not approve of mercenary marriages When I married Lord Bracknell I had no fortune of any kind But I never dreamed for a moment of allowing that to stand in my way Lady BracknellAnd THAT is why she is so picky about who might marry Gwendolen When you do become engaged to some one, I, or your father, should his health permit him, will inform you of the fact An engagement should come on a young girl as a surprise, pleasant or unpleasant, as the case may be Lady Bracknell I am not in favour of long engagements They give people the opportunity of finding out each other s character before marriage, which I think is never advisable Lady Bracknell The amount of women in London who flirt with their own husbands is perfectly scandalous It looks so bad It is simply washing one s clean linen in public Algernon Cecily Do you suggest, Miss Fairfax, that I entrapped Ernest into an engagement How dare you This is no time for wearing the shallow mask of manners When I see a spade I call it a spade Gwendolen Satirically I am glad to say that I have never seen a spade It is obvious that our social spheres have been widely different The General was essentially a man of peace, except in his domestic life Lady Bracknell Chasuble With a scholar s shudder The precept as well as the practice of the Primitive Church was distinctly against matrimony Miss Prism Sententiously That is obviously the reason why the Primitive Church has not lasted up to the present day And you do not seem to realise, dear Doctor, that by persistently remaining single, a man converts himself into a permanent public temptation Men should becareful this very celibacy leads weaker vessels astray Miss Prism No married man is ever attractive except to his wife Chasuble And often, I ve been told, not even to her Other Contrary Quotes Many of the most memorable lines subvert etiquette, logic, common sense and themselves In Wilde s day, homosexuals were often called inverts, and many of his best lines are inversions I hope you have not been leading a double life, pretending to be wicked and being good all the time That would be hypocrisy Cecily If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life Gwendolen Although she may prevent us from becoming man and wife, and I may marry some one else, and marry often, nothing that she can possibly do can alter my eternal devotion to you Gwendolen What on earth you are serious about I haven t got the remotest idea About everything, I should fancy You have such an absolutely trivial nature Algernon of Jack I have never met any really wicked person before I feel rather frightened I am so afraid he will look just like every one else Cecily The old fashioned respect for the young is fast dying out Gwendolen I could deny it if I liked I could deny anything if I liked Lady Bracknell I was obliged to call on dear Lady Harbury I hadn t been there since her poor husband s death I never saw a woman so altered she looks quite twenty years younger Lady Bracknell I had some crumpets with Lady Harbury, who seems to me to be living entirely for pleasure now Algernon I hear her hair has turned quite gold from grief hide spoiler Image Sources Video of spun sugar decoration Baby in a somewhat large, black leather hand bag, with handles to it English muffin, toasted, and buttered

  8. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar WildeThe Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde The play s major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways Some contemporary reviews praised the play s humor and the culmination of Wilde s artistic career, while others were cautious about its lack of social messages Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar WildeThe Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde The play s major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage, and the resulting satire of Victorian ways Some contemporary reviews praised the play s humor and the culmination of Wilde s artistic career, while others were cautious about its lack of social messages Its high farce and witty dialogue have helped make The Importance of Being Earnest Wilde s most enduringly popular play 2013 1391 62 9789647042628 191336 17 03 1399

  9. Bionic Jean says:

    Every line in The Importance of Being Earnest is an absolute gem Remember theseAll women become like their mothers That is their tragedy No man does, and that is his I never travel without my diary One should always have something sensational to read in the train No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age It looks so calculating Just three for a start I had not realised quite how many of Oscar Wilde s bon mots originated in this particular play, which is subtitled, A Every line in The Importance of Being Earnest is an absolute gem Remember theseAll women become like their mothers That is their tragedy No man does, and that is his I never travel without my diary One should always have something sensational to read in the train No woman should ever be quite accurate about her age It looks so calculating Just three for a start I had not realised quite how many of Oscar Wilde s bon mots originated in this particular play, which is subtitled, A Trivial Play for Serious People.The main characters are two young gentlemen, Algernon Moncrieff and his best friend John Worthing, whom he knows as Ernest The two corresponding young ladies are Algernon s cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax, and John Worthing s young ward, the heiress Cecily Cardew The action revolves around these four, with minor deceptions and false names For instance, Algernon inventsBunburying , or pretending to have an invalid friend calledBunburyHe can thus claim to need to visit this friend at any time, and this provides a most convenient way of getting out of any social activities he does not care for Much of the humour is provided by a formidable dragon of a character calledLady Bracknell , who is Gwendolen s mother There is also an inordinately silly back story about a handbag left at Victoria station.The standing joke throughout is that the main characters never reveal their true feelings, always maintaining a witty persona so as to escape their social obligations The norms of conventional Victorian Society are continually turned on their head The play repeatedly mocks Victorian traditions and social customs, marriage and the pursuit of love Earnestness was highly regarded as a worthwhile character trait in Victorian society It had originated in religious attempts to reform the lower classes, but quickly spread as a desirable attribute to the upper ones So the very title, The Importance of Being Earnest mocks this convention The extremely serious social institution of marriage is repeatedly treated as a trivial event, and witty satirical comments abound Here are three In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing I hate people who are not serious about meals It is so shallow of them Never speak disrespectfully of Society, Algernon Only people who can t get into it do that The Importance of Being Earnest is a farce of the highest extreme, a frothy concoction and an absolute delight even now, although it was first performed in 1895 It marks the climax of Oscar Wilde s career yet it also indirectly led to his downfall The story of his imprisonment for what was then a crime, is famously poignant, and modern readers must only ponder what other potential future classics have been lost with the virtual destruction of this talented writer In brief, the Marquess of Queensbury, who was the father of Wilde s homosexual partner, had planned to present him with a bouquet of rotten vegetables and disrupt the play In the event Wilde was tipped off, so this never happened However, the story got out, there was a famous trial leading to Wilde s imprisonment forgross indecencyand the rest, as they say, is history just another case which seems appalling to modern eyes What seems incredible to modern readers, is that because of this notoriety, The Importance of Being Earnest had to be closed after only 86 performances, and that afterwards Oscar Wilde wrote nocomedy and nodrama Although it was highly popular with audiences of the time, who appreciated its clever humour, many critics disapproved of it precisely because it was so light It does not attempt to tackle serious social and political issues One critic complained that itis nothing but an absolutely wilful expression of an irrepressibly witty personalitySince this was not its purpose, in retrospect it does seem an extraordinary criticism.So why only 4 stars It is after all, a perfect masterpiece of its type But a play needs to be performed And this one, rib tickling as it is to read on the page, lacks a lot when not viewed as a performance One excellent film of it dates from 1952 by Anthony Asquith, who adapted the screenplay and directed it Michael Denison played Algernon, Michael Redgrave played Jack, Dorothy Tutin played Cecily, Joan Greenwood played Gwendolen, and Margaret Rutherford played Miss Prism All were very memorable and perfect in their parts But Dame Edith Evans as Lady Bracknell was outstanding and her interpretation will live in the public s memory for a long time There have been many adaptations in recent years, but that one is exceptional View that, or even better go to a good live performance, and the play will easily merit 5 stars

  10. Brina says:

    I read The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde as part of classics bingo to satisfy my satire square Educated at Oxford in the late 19th century, Wilde was a product of strict upper class British social s He married and fathered two children and then came out as homosexual Wilde s plays and novellas poked fun at the society which had renounced him and later put him on trial Earnest received good marks in London prior to Wilde s social downfall and has made a comeback in classic re I read The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde as part of classics bingo to satisfy my satire square Educated at Oxford in the late 19th century, Wilde was a product of strict upper class British social s He married and fathered two children and then came out as homosexual Wilde s plays and novellas poked fun at the society which had renounced him and later put him on trial Earnest received good marks in London prior to Wilde s social downfall and has made a comeback in classic reading circles Although not usually a fan of comedy, I could not help but chuckle at the premise of this play Jack Worthing is a man of unknown origins He had been found at a train station inside of a handbag by a Thomas Worthing, who gave Jack his name and adopted him as a nephew Jack, perhaps Wilde s alter ego, grows to detest the society that he lives in, and gives himself the name Ernest while living in London, fooling all but his closest companions Among the upper crust that he usually loathes, Jack as Ernest falls for one Gwendolen Bracknell, who only desires to marry him because of Ernest s earnest personality As a result, the charade continues The play shifts to the countryside where Worthing owns an estate and is ward to his niece Cecily There he is only known as Uncle Jack and is head of the household Hoping to one up Worthing with his trickery, his friend Algernon Montcrieff comes to call and poses as Jack s supposed brother Ernest Cecily falls for Algernon as Ernest because of his name and earnest personality and the lies and charades continue to a third act Eventually, Wilde ties up the deceitfulness neatly in three acts I am not a fan of comedy and felt things carried on a bit far Most of Wilde s work, Earnest included, was meant to mock the society who ridiculed him for being homosexual Wilde ridiculed them back with the inclusion of the character Bunbury and noted that Algernon was a Bunburyist I imagine that the audience laughed at this dialogue, but to me it isalarming that the upper class British society at the time was so rigid as to not allow for deviations from its s With Earnest, Wilde was able to poke fun at both society and himself Oscar Wilde s plays have stood the test of time as satirical comedies I chose to read one of his plays because I read Dorian Gray years ago in school and did not enjoy it Desiring to see if my perspective had changed, I selected one of Wilde s plays for my satire in bingo At this point, I understood the comedy but still felt that the joking carried on a bit far, proving that I ama fan of dramatic plays Still, The Importance of Being Earnest was a worthy read in that it shed light on 19th century England and its customs As a result, I rate this play 3 stars

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