Play: The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde Essay

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Marriage in The Importance of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest is a play by Oscar Wilde. Oscar describes his play as A Trivia comedy for serious people. The protagonists in the play maintains being fictitious in order to escape burdensome social obligations. The play is lighthearted with flippant comments and offhand jokes, however the play contains serious undertones and social commentary about marriage and the society. Oscar Wilde in his plat portrays marriage in the Victorian Era as arranged for the upper class. Lady Bracknell is not ready to give her daughters hand in marriage to Earnest because of his social class and because he told her that he was found in a Victorian railroad station and has no idea who his biological …show more content…
Scar Wilde through Lady Bracknell portrays the way marriage was viewed and arranged in the Victorian Era. It was not about love but about social class and also it was an arranged marriage.
Throughout his play The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde explores the marriage idea as a social tool. Lady Bracknell was married into a high society with class and she also wanted her daughter Gwendolen to have an equally subtle marriage by marrying someone from an upper social class. Many marriages in the Victorian Era were arranged and there is no way Gwendolen could get married to a stranger who her parents have not approved. Parents getting involved in the approval of marriages depending on a suitor’s wealth and social class were an obstacle in the marriage in Oscar Wilde’s play. Oscar was trying to depict that marriage in the Victorian Era was for political and social reasons other than for love and affection as it should be. Lady Bracknell asks Jack about parents, fortune, address, family solicitors, politics, expectations and legal impediments. All she wanted to know was his social status and he fits in their social status before he marries her daughter. She wanted to know his social status before approving his marriage to his daughter and fortune was the most important thing before their marriage is approved. Lady Bracknell only valued social status in her daughter’s marriage just like the Victorian traditional

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