The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays➫ The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays Read ➳ Author Oscar Wilde – Combining epigrammatic brilliance and shrewd social observation the works collected in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays are edited with an introduction commentaries and no Combining epigrammatic brilliance of Being PDF ✓ and shrewd social observation the works collected in Oscar Wilde's The Importance PDF or The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays are edited with an introduction commentaries Importance of Being Epub µ and notes by Richard Allen Cave in Penguin Classics'To lose one parent may be Importance of Being Earnest and PDF \ regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness'The Importance of Being Earnest is a glorious comedy of mistaken identity which ridicules codes of propriety and etiuette Manners and morality are also victims of Wilde's sharp wit in Lady Windermere's Fan A Woman of No Importance and An Ideal Husband in which snobbery and hypocrisy are laid bare In Salomé and A Florentine Tragedy Wilde makes powerful use of historical settings to explore the complex relationship between sex and power The range of these plays displays Importance of Being Earnest and PDF \ Wilde's delight in artifice masks and disguises and reveals the pretentions of the social world in which he himself played such a dazzling and precarious partRichard Allen Cave's introduction and notes discuss the themes of the plays and Wilde's innovative methods of staging This edition includes the excised 'Gribsby' scene from The Importance of Being Earnest.

Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie of Being PDF ✓ Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright poet and author of The Importance PDF or numerous short stories and one novel Known for his biting wit and a plentitude Importance of Being Epub µ of aphorisms he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian Importance of Being Earnest and PDF \ era in London and one of the greatest celebrities of his day Several of his plays continue to be widely performed especially The Importance of Being.

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  • Oscar Wilde
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  • 23 March 2016
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10 thoughts on “The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

  1. Richard says:

    I used to be an inveterate playgoer one year 1989 I think I saw 52 playsThe action and dialog on stage can be pretty uick And if you're seeing a play that was written in another time for a different culture that might be too uick to catchFor example the first line of Lady Windermere's Fan is from a butler stepping up to the lady of the house and asking Is your ladyship at home this afternoon? Our modern minds would probably surmise from such a uestion that the butler is asking whether the lady was going out later But no the uestion is asking whether she is receiving visitors at this moment The notes tell me that this would have been a clue to Victorian audiences that someone is calling that causes social difficulties for the butler in fact it is a—gasp— man to whom the lady is neither married nor relatedThis is why commentary is so valuable when we're bridging cultures It's all very nice to dive straight into Shakespeare and claim to get it for example but how many of our contemporaries would uickly grasp that a moveable for example is an old term for a small piece of furniture? If you are going to get all of the jokes in Taming of the Shrew that's something you'll need to be aware of as the banter zips byOscar Wilde is closer to us in time but even better known for his subversive use of humor so a guide is just as valuable Don't believe me? Take this uiz Here's some dialog middle of the second Act of Lady Windermere's Fan Hint Mrs Erlynne is a figure of scandal; nothing has been made too explicit yet but it seems she might have committed adulteryLady Plymdale to Mr Dumby What an absolute brute you are I never can believe a word you say Why did you tell me you didn't know her? What do you mean by calling on her three times running? You are not going to lunch there; of course you understand that?Dumby My dear Laura I wouldn't dream of goingLady Plymdale You haven't told me her name yet Who is she?Dumby coughs slightly and smooths his hair She's a Mrs ErlynneLady Plymdale That womanDumby Yes that is what everyone calls herLady Plymdale How very interesting How intensely interesting I really must have a good stare at her Goes to the ball room and looks in I have heard the most shocking things about her They say she is ruining poor Windermere And Lady Windermere who goes in for being so proper invites her How extremely amusing It takes a thoroughly good woman to do a thoroughly stupid thing You are to lunch there on FridayOkay what was subversive in this snippet?Time's up The answer My dear Laura Use of her given name indicates this couple is having an adulterous affair of their own And yet here they are discussing the moral foibles of others with much amused cynicism and very little sympathyConclusion Read the play Read the notes and commentary Go see the play Repeat as necessary Lady Windermere's Fan Leaving the beneficiary of a sacrifice ignorant is somehow graceful I liked this one Salome Very strange It felt like a play from a different time and a different author The others at least so far have been plays of manners with a hidden examination of morality and hypocrisy Salome is impressionistic and abstract; the treatment seems amenable to the opera it later became A Woman of No Importance Far too preachy it seemed much amateurish than Lady Windermere's Fan Entire pages devoted to overwrought monologue and others devoted to one sided dialogues where one character acts the straight man for the other's constant stream of aphorisms and uips which in the end signify nothing An Ideal Husband Curious how almost all of Wilde's plays deal with infidelity This one has a femme fatale but it is about a fallen man not a fallen woman Good and possibly better crafted but therefore not as juicy A Florentine Tragedy Short and excellent A deadly ménage à trois very tense in its few pages The Importance of Being Earnest When absorbed after the forgoing this play is that much impressive It is certainly enjoyable—a condensed nugget of brilliant cleverness—but it also is remarkably differentBesides this one all of Wilde's plays deal to some extent with the transgression of social norms and specifically with disgrace They are also all dramatic Even those that are arguably comedies have a tension borne of the fear of disgrace and the maneuvering to evade it Well A Florentine Tragedy isn't actually about avoiding it but artfully confirming itIn Earnest the tension is completely absent It would be difficult to imagine a innocuous play Or one so charmingly silly How and why Wilde came up with the forename Earnest as the target surname is uite miraculous I suppose in 1895 the name might have actually been uite popular In the United States at the time it was the 24th most popular name see WolframAlpha and has suffered ever sinceAs the dictionary illustratesear⋅nest ˈur nist–adjective1 serious in intention purpose or effort; sincerely zealous an earnest worker2 showing depth and sincerity of feeling earnest words; an earnest entreaty3 seriously important; demanding or receiving serious attention–noun4 full seriousness as of intention or purpose to speak in earnestThe philosophy of the play is that of the dandy someone with eyes steadily averted from anything serious and turned instead towards one's own and lesser one's friend's superficial pleasantness Definitely not earnestIt is too bad Wilde didn't take his own advice Even though we now think of him as the personification of the dandy if he had merely averted his eyes from the unpleasantness of the Maruess he wouldn't have come to the unpleasant fate that he didIn reading The Importance of Being Earnest again the footnotes were helpful but less so The usage of given names and formal surnames was highlighted and uite deliciously so The two young women adroitly switch usage back and forth to punish reward fend off tease and prod their men and each otherMy favorite character was Cecily Despite the handicap of being raised in the country she has somehow manage to elevate herself to the same level of cleverness as her city counterpart GwendolynAbout that cleverness We aren't very clever these days I think Or at least not in that ironic way Wilde and Dorothy Parker made so infamous And while it is a marvelous thing to witness from a distance I'm fairly sure I don't regret its absence In both Wilde's and Parker's eras the s and standards of the day were like protected but weak currencies — a few risky artistes profited greatly in arbitrage shortly before those unsustainable parts of their society collapsed That we don't have a tiny and irrelevant subculture throwing mordantly funny barbs at the rest of society probably means that for all our faults we're not yet ripe for revolutionAh my favorite uoteJack I am sick to death of cleverness Everybody is clever nowadays You can't go anywhere without meeting clever people The thing has become an absolute public nuisance I wish to goodness we had a few fools leftAlgernon We haveJack I should extremely like to meet them What do they talk about?Algernon The fools? Oh about the clever people of courseJack What fools

  2. Sketchbook says:

    Prism where is that baby? demands the damndest dowager in theatre history in OWs farcical masterpiece Feeling blue ? Reread this comedic milestone for the most preposterous merriment outside of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit with a bow to WS Gilbert and Sheridan Wilde found his playwrighting voice just before The Fall He turned unreal drawing room nonsense into Art Muffins cucumber sandwiches a handbag left at Victoria Station and a grande dame who burbles about train schedules We have already missed five if not six trains To miss any might expose us to comment on the platform Well it's uproariousBasically OW was a prude hence he went to court to clear his name Earnest w the central male using a double name one for London society another for private weekends has even been called his true De Profundis without the sentiment By contrast his 3 earlier comedies with creaking plots involving blackmail scandal and duplicity loom as shoddy Victorian mellerdramas redeemed by the brilliance of his epigrams Wilde uses mellerdrama as an escape to take him out of himself into a misplaced reality In Lady Windermere's Fan the cynical repartee covers the sticky sentimentalism in which the bad woman turns out to be the heroine's Mum He capably linked his escritoire to the box office In An Ideal Husband it's the hero who has a shady past High flying chatter relieves the moralizing A Woman of No Importance shows off his worst writing and finest wit The Book of Life begins with a man and a woman in a garden; it ends with Revelations His plot turns on smother love when the Mum who erred cries out to her son How could I repent of my sin when you my love were its fruit O OscarAll in all OW was surely a good natured gent without malice or spite At the time of His Fall he was the reigning Playwright and Personality in London A worldly superstar he toyed with a deep fear of scandal in 3 plays while the characters seek to protect their social position and careers After Earnest which tossed a concern for provincial virtue into the dustbin we can only guess at the OW comedies that never got written

  3. Lucie says:

    35 starsI love Oscar Wilde so much and I’m so glad I finally ended up reading his most famous plays they were so ironic and funny I also adored the social satire he did I’d love to see them on stage it must be amazingThe Importance of Being Earnest 45 starsLady Windermere’s Fan 45 starsSalomé 35 starsA Woman of No Importance 355 starsAn Ideal Husband 355 stars

  4. Casey says:

    So hilariousThere's this“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 heartlessWell I can’t eat muffins in an agitated manner The butter would probably get on my cuffs One should always eat muffins uite calmly It is the only way to eat themI say it’s perfectly heartless your eating muffins at all under the circumstances”And This“To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up” AND THIS “This ghastly state of things is what you call Bunburying I suppose?Algernon Yes and a perfectly wonderful Bunbury it is The most wonderful Bunbury I have ever had in my lifeJack Well you've no right whatsoever to Bunbury hereAlgernon That is absurd One has a right to Bunbury anywhere one chooses Every serious Bunburyist knows that” AND FINALLY THIS“Jack? No there is very little music in the name Jack if any at all indeed It does not thrill It produces absolutely no vibrations I have known several Jacks and they all without exception were than usually plain Besides Jack is a notorious domesticity for John And I pity any woman who is married to a man called John She would probably never be allowed to know the entrancing pleasure of a single moment’s solitude The only really safe name is Ernest”

  5. Nadja says:

    The Importance of Being EarnestThe humour the social satire the banters simply brilliant 06102019 5 starsA Florentine TragedyShort play with a shocking twist at the end 11102019 3 starsSaloméDidn‘t like it that much Was exhausting to read because of its old traditional language and style The story itself okay with another twist at the end For people who don‘t know the bible that good as myself The setting however fitted as I’m on holiday in Cyprus 12102019 2 starsLady Windermere's FanNothing is at it seems in this play which masterfully showcases the unfairness of society in relation to genderwomen’s rights Bittersweet and tragic 13102019 5 starsA Woman of No ImportanceAnother brilliant play which showcases masterfully the hypocrite society of the time There were so many brilliant sentences in it 29 30102019 4 stars “Men marry because they are tired; women because they are curious Both are disappointed”An Ideal HusbandRead last year during Victober Review 22 24102018 4 stars

  6. Tatevik Najaryan says:

    I don't read plays Maybe I am the only human being who hasn't read Shakespeare I tried Honesty When I was a teenager decided to read Romeo and Juliet Well teenagerRJ uite a good start I got irritated by Romeo just in the middle of the book and left it Then I started Hamlet I don't even remember why I left itI hated plays and was getting confused in the list of maybe 20 people presented at the front page of the play Hated this theatrical long monologues and conversations of 10 people at the same time I didn't understand why everybody is in love with Shakespeare why Wilde's gravestone was lipstick covered?Why people loved him so much? Ok The Picture of Dorian Gray was uite a sensation but I mean Shaw's or Shakespeare's graves are free from lipsticks of all possible colorsAnd then I read plays of WildeAttention Do not read this book in transport or in public places where people can think you are high because oh boy you are going to laughNow I want to go to Paris to leave my kiss for this amazing play writer while he sits there and rolls eyes saying to himself one And immediately after that I want to go to GB to see all the plays from this collection played by British actors

  7. Vishy says:

    I haven’t read a play in a while – I think the last play I read was ‘Homecoming’ by Harold Pinter a few years back So I decided to read a few plays this year The first one I got hold of was ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde I have always admired Oscar Wilde’s wit and humour and so I was really looking forward to reading his most famous play I finished reading it a couple of days back Here is what I thinkWhat I think‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ is about two friends John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff Worthing loves Moncrieff’s cousin Gwendolen and proposes to her and she accepts it But Gwendolen’s mother Lady Bracknell refuses to approve their match because John was adopted and doesn’t know anything about his biological parents Algernon falls in love with John’s ward Cecily and proposes to her and she accepts it Lady Bracknell has a problem with that too till she discovers that Cecily has good investments in her name But there is a catch in all this John calls himself Ernest Worthing when he comes to the city Gwendolen knows him as Ernest John also tells his ward Cecily that he has a brother called Ernest in the city who is not a good guy and who is whiling away his time Algernon when he meets Cecily for the first time takes advantage of the situation and introduces himself as Ernest Worthing So Cecily thinks that he is Ernest Then comes a situation when John Earnest Gwendolen and Cecily all end up in John’s home in the countryside and both Gwendolen and Cecily think that they are engaged to Ernest This leads to some funny situations and when the truth is finally revealed that neither John nor Algernon is Ernest Gwendolen asks John “Where is your brother Ernest? We are both engaged to be married to your brother Ernest so it is a matter of some importance to us to know where you brother Ernest is at present” John replies “I will tell you uite frankly that I have no brother Ernest I have no brother at all I never had a brother in my life and I certainly have not the smallest intention of ever having one in the future”On hearing this Gwendolen tells Cecily “I am afraid it is uite clear Cecily that neither of us is engaged to be married to anyone”Gwendolen and Cecily walk off into the house after this conversation Do John and Algernon manage to win back the trust of Gwendolen and Cecily? What does Lady Bracknell say to all this subterfuge? What happens in the end? The answer to all these form the rest of the storyI enjoyed reading ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ It made me some of old Hollywood Bollywood Tamil movies that I have seen which had similar plots It looks like Oscar Wilde inspired many filmmakers I loved the way ‘earnest’ is interpreted in different ways throughout the play taking on multiple meanings I was also surprised to discover that Oscar Wilde was Irish I didn’t know that before The play had many of my favourite Oscar Wilde lines like these “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” “That my dear Algy is the whole truth pure and simple”“The truth is rarely pure and never simple Modern life would be very tedious if it were either and modern literature a complete impossibility”“All women become like their mothers That is their tragedy No man does That’s his”“I am sick to death of cleverness Everybody is clever nowadays You can’t go anywhere without meeting clever people The thing has become an absolute public nuisance I wish to goodness we had a few fools left”“I never travel without my diary One should always have something sensational to read in the train”Cecily That certainly seems a satisfactory explanation does it not?Gwendolen Yes dear if you can believe himCecily I don’t But that does not affect the wonderful beauty of his answerGwendolen True In matters of grave importance style not sincerity is the vital thingLady Bracknell Is this Miss Prism a female of repellent aspect remotely connected with education?Chasuble She is the most cultivated of ladies and the very picture of respectabilityLady Bracknell It is obviously the same personOne of my favourite Oscar Wilde lines was not there in the play – or rather it was there in its original form which in my opinion didn’t have the same effect The notes to the play said that this line was modified later The modified line which I like goes like this To lose one parent MrWorthing may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness Algernon has a manservant called Lane who is smart and intelligent and who reminded me of Jeeves from the PGWodehouse books Here is one scene which I liked Algernon I hope tomorrow will be a fine day LaneLane It never is sirAlgernon Lane you’re a perfect pessimistLane I do my best to give satisfaction sirI have seen a movie version of the play which had Colin Firth Rupert Everett Frances O’Connor Reese Witherspoon and Judi Dench I remember the movie having a twist in the tail kind of surprising ending which the play didn’t have I liked the movie but now after reading the play I want to watch it again I also have a movie version starring Michael Redgrave Edith Evans and others and I want to watch that too There are also four other Oscar Wilde plays in the collection I have I want to read them next Have you read ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ or seen it performed or seen a movie version? What do you think about it?

  8. Marialyce says:

    Oscar Wilde is such joyous fun He makes us look at ourselves in the most ironic and funny ways Certainly he was a master of satire and in this play he has presented the characters in what I have come to think of as the stiff British way I loved that is poked a great deal of fun at the staid Victorian period Mr Wilde himself was certainly everything else but staid and perhaps in thinking of him we see a man born before his timeThe play on the words Earnest is fun and yet its does point to the hypocrisy of the time Men say silly things woman fall in love with illusions and the whole thing becomes a farce is clearly seen throughout this hysterical story which makes the reader oftentimes lol Short and to the point this play must have ruffled a few Victorian feathers as I am sure that was the intent Earnestness was the avenue to reform at the time and to make the poorer class better Oscar takes this word and has his way with it and ultimately makes this satirical piece flick its nose at the staid and proper British s of Victorian times

  9. Luís says:

    In The Importance of Being Ernest Oscar Wilde revisits and revitalizes the long theatrical tradition of the uiprouo I would say Italian style It is a light and lively comedy as were its predecessors in the Commedia dell Arte but where the harleuins are English dandies and where the acid lines are reminiscent of Chekhov than GoldoniYou have understood that throughout this comedy in four acts Wilde will play on the ambiguity of this word Because the two main protagonists Jack and Algernon two single dandies are enjoying the British aristocracy of the late 19th century use a similar process to extricate oneself from family and strategic imperativesWhether it is Bunbury or Ernest the pretext mainly used either to escape obligations that young men find annoying or and this is the most freuent case to go and tell a little charming young lady without hope of tomorrowHowever well aware of the reciprocal infidelity of their friend both Jack and Algernon begin to see red when they realize that one is a little too interested in the other's cousin and that the latter is engaged in him in the pupil of the preceding oneWe are therefore entitled to a perfectly symmetrical and very artificial crossed construction over and contrived as we advance in the play which rare enough to be mentioned is not embarrassing We see things happening as big as a truck but done on purposeOscar Wilde seems to care madly whether his play looks believable or not it is entertainment that he wants it is placing good lines it is printing a style it is having fun while making us happyThe only problem for Jack is that he had the lightness to pretend around him that he was going to his brother Ernest's bedside and at the same time never to get too involved with women is passed off to Gwendolen whom he now really loves as Ernest as wellKnowing that also the cunning Algernon does not shrink from any deception to be able to approach Cecily Jack's ward it is uite possible that he too could pass himself off as Ernest Hence the importance of the title for the excellent understanding of the playIn short good entertainment with some rather funny passages a few pikes thrown here and there from De Wilde to the society of his time A few little kicks in the anthills and then that's it because this play does not probably doesn't have a lot of other hidden ambitions Getting people to talk about her at the time shocking her contemporaries a little bit creating the buzz as we would say today Still from there to perceiving an intense and structured social criticism that is what the author seemed not to want to be earnest But this is of course only my opinion that is to say very little

  10. Lisa says:

    45 Was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed all three of these stories

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