The Importance of Being Earnest, Love and Marriage Essay

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The Importance of Being Earnest
“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
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Cecily has a different view on love and marriage than the others. She is younger and more naïve. She believes in love and in marriage in a different way than the other characters. She dreams about the perfect marriage and falling in love. She is more of a hopeless romantic. She tells Algernon “It would hardly have been a really serious engagement if it hadn't been broken off at least once”. This indicates that she has her own perspective on how marriage should be and also that her perspective is quite irregular. She has been raised by a family where they think marriage is a duty, so she doesn’t know how love and marriage go together. She has these weird theories of how things are supposed to work. This can also indicate that it was normal at that time that engagements usually were broken off at least once.

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.

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