Write whether you agree or disagree with the last paragraph in this blog:
“This play, while mocking deeply at the tribal customs of the late Victorians, has, at its heart, a wish to point the human race in the right direction: away from fraud, hypocrisy and such indecent preoccupation with material realities.”
As semester comes to an end, I am slowly coming closer to the end of my 19th century literature journey. We come to the late victorian age, with our host, Mr. Oscar Wilde. We are presented with the play, “The Importance of Being Earnest”, a comedy that comments on the economic class, their language and their attitudes.
I will however be focusing on the quote that my lecturer, Prof. Michael Griffith. The quote he has given us, asks for our opinion whether we agree or disagree to what it is saying about this play. Personally, I do agree with this statement. The play makes a mockery of the upper class society, using relationships as the key element, to comment on the language and attitudes of this particular economic status. Wilde has also made a mockery marriage and relationships, by using some of the characters to fall in love with someone, purely based on their name.
I also personally believe that, Wilde is also using this play in an attempt to point the human race in a direction, where we are not being so much controlled by materialistic things. We have been consumed by the idea of being better than those around us, and we do that by using our own profession as a tool to the social competition. The mockery of everyday life, can be an eye-opener to those who view or even read his play, as it does make us realise, how ridiculous is the life we live in.