The Importance of Being Earnest, Love and Marriage Essay
“The Importance of Being Earnest” is a play written by Oscar Wilde in the late 1800s. The story takes place in late Victorian England, where two young gentlemen take on the same pseudonym “Earnest” in order to escape reality when needed and to satisfy their lovers. It is a humorous story about how the fake personalities clash with each other and cause complications. A central theme and topic in the play is love and marriage. It is a primary force motivation the plot and a reoccurring subject up for debate. Love and marriage is presented in different ways through different characters, which I will be taking a closer look at.
Lady Bracknell represents the “proper” Victorian ways of society and her view on …show more content…
As opposed to the higher class of society, Lane, the butler, has a very different view on love and marriage. Algernon asks if marriage is demoralizing and he replies, “I believe it is a very pleasant state, sir”. Although Lane is not allowed to speak much of his feelings or opinions, this shows short and concise, what he thinks about marriage. He believes that it is something good and would only enhance the love. I think this shows how the class difference has an impact on love and marriage as well. The higher class are concerned about money and social background, where the lower class marry for love.