Lady bracknell represents typical victorian views on marriage according to her ( style or intelligence or height ) and ( appearance or education or family background ) are the essential qualities for a perfect match for her nephew, algernon. Oscar wilde`s play, ``the importance of being earnest`` mocks protocols, principles, marriage and the search for love in victorian times it also makes fun of social expectations and the inversion of these expectations. Victorian views on marriage wilde english 213 18 april 2013 role of marriage in importance of being earnest the importance of being earnest, oscar wilde's last and most famous play, debuted in london on february 14, 1895.
The pressure from the victorian society influences the way cecily and gwendolyn view men they dream of the prefect man to take them as their wife, and they believe it is the only way to satisfy the dream of marriage that victorian women dream of since infancy, according to petrie (petrie 180. Oscar wilde on marriage quotes - 1 the world was my oyster but i used the wrong fork - oscar wilde read more quotes and sayings about oscar wilde on marriage. The groom may be turning away from same-sex love in favour of a respectable, heterosexual marriage, but the men's fingers intertwine intimately in front of a naked crotch.
In the importance of being earnest, algernon represents a modern mindset toward marriage because he is skeptical about the happiness of couples in marriage and has fears about committing to one woman—unlike jack, who holds more traditional nineteenth-century views on marriage. The victorian era is important to look at to see the cultural context oscar wilde was living in although rarely talked about homosexuality in the victorian era went against the notions of masculinity, threatened the family structure and in turn went against what it meant to be fundamentally british. Oscar wilde was a genius who graduted with a triple first from oxford university (that's nigh impossible these days) and was one of the founders of the aesthetic movement that swepth through prudish victorian society in the late victorian era. The victorian society held rigid views on marriage and the role of women in life women regarded marriage as a fact of nature it was an important part of their life plan, as important as giving birth in the mid-19th century, reproduction was considered a woman's only correct occupation under.
Marriage, religion and respectability in the importance of being earnest by oscar wilde: a brief analysis on the masks of victorian society. In many ways, she represents wilde's opinion of victorian upper-class negativity, conservative and repressive values, and power her opinions and mannerisms betray a careful and calculated speaking pattern.
The importance of being earnest pokes fun at several victorian values, including their ideas on courtship men were also supposed to court the women they intended to marry in a decent manner. Most middle class women during the victorian era, married by the time they were 25, the ideal age to commit oneself to matrimony being 20 if they had not managed to attract a husband by the age of 30, they well and truly on the way to being left on the shelf, so to speak. In addition to his children with his wife, sir william wilde was the father of three children born out of wedlock before his marriage: henry wilson, born in 1838, and emily and mary wilde, born in 1847 and 1849, respectively, of different maternity to henry.
Oscar wilde oscar wilde during the victorian era, this was a dangerous quote the victorian era was about progress the marriage began to have problems. A former victorian chapel has been converted into a temple celebrating oscar wilde the oscar wilde temple is set to be unveiled as part of an art installation honouring the queer hero, who was. Wilde has created, with augusta bracknell, a memorable instrument of his satiric wit, questioning all he sees in victorian upper-class society with her power and weakness shown, she, as an upper class lady, connects and presents the themes in the play.
Wilde creates comedy through the presentation of victorian views on the functionality of marriage, ridiculing it as a social tool the fact that victorian society does not value the 'love' and romance of marriage is witnessed from the exposition, where algernon's mockery of social constraints is shown through his statements of is marriage so demoralizing as that and i really. Manners and sincerity the major target of wilde's scathing social criticism is the hypocrisy that society creates frequently in victorian society, its participants comported themselves in overly sincere, polite ways while they harbored conversely manipulative, cruel attitudes. Satirizing the way wilde is satirizing this time and their views on love and marriage is by bluntly placing it out there, and showing exactly what the people did like gossiping or interviewing for marriage. Wilde uses lady bracknell's words to poke fun at marriage by having her lady bracknell pardon me, you are not engaged to any one when you do become engaged to some one, i, or your father, should his health permit him, will inform you of the fact.
Not only does wilde blasts against the snobbery, self-importance, ignorance, and idleness of the upper-class victorian society, but he also targets plenty of ideals that were as ridiculous as they. Algernon's realistic view of marriage being extremely problematic (7) adds to the humor wilde uses throughout the story as algy escapes the harsh realities of a victorian marriage through his love for cecily. It seems as if wilde portrays these two characters as different views of marriage, or in simpler terms, business versus romance while algernon views the idea from a more old-fashioned stance, jack's position on the matter is more modern for his time, as he seems to be the romantic of the pair. Oscar wilde felt these victorian values were perpetuated through courtship and marriage, both of which had their own rules and rituals marriage was a careful selection process when algernon explains that he plans to become engaged to jack's ward, cecily, lady bracknell decides, i think some preliminary enquiry on my part would not be out of.