CP Presentation #2.pptx - “THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST” PRESENTATION DONE BY ELISE MCKAY Poem By Oscar Wilde AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY • OSCAR WILDE

CP Presentation #2.pptx - “THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING...

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“THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST” PRESENTATION DONE BY: ELISE MCKAY Poem By: Oscar Wilde
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AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY OSCAR WILDE WAS BORN ON OCTOBER 16,1854 IN DUBLIN, IRELAND. OSCAR WAS KNOWN FOR HIS POETRY, DRAMATIST, AND FOR HIS ONLY NOVEL, THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY(1892) AND HIS COMIC PIECES CALLED, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (1895). HE SPENT TWO YEARS IN PRISON BECAUSE HE WAS INVOLVED IN THE AESTHETIC MOVEMENT IN ENGLAND. THE AESTHETIC MOVEMENT HELPED TO BRING ADVOCACY TO THE ARTS. HE ALSO CELEBRATED CIVIL AND CRIMINAL SUITS THAT WERE INVOLVED WITH HIS HOMOSEXUALITY. WILDE WAS BORN PARTLY INTO THE LITERACY WORLD. HIS DAD WAS A EYE AND EAR SURGEON, WHO ALSO PUBLISHED BOOKS IN ARCHEOLOGY FOLKLORE.
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PUBLICATION HISTORY OF THE PIECE THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST WAS FIRST WRITTEN IN 1984 BY OSCAR WILDE HIMSELF. IT FIRST PREMIERED IN ST. JAMES THEATRE (LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM) IN 1895 AND WAS LATER PUBLISHED IN 1899. THIS PLAY TAKES PLACE IN THE LATE VICTORIAN ERA IN AN ESTATE IN HERTFORSHIRE. THE PLAY IS BASED OFF A COMEDY. IT’S CONSIDERED HIS MOST DRAMATIC ACHIEVEMENT.
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REACTION BY CRITICS TO THIS PIECE THERE WEREN’T TOO MANY CRITICS OF OSCAR WILDE’S WORKS. THIS PARTICULAR WORK IS KNOWN AS HIS MOST “WELL-KNOWN AND BEST-LOVED PLAY.”(TOPHAM, JAMES, ‘THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST’ REVIEW) THE PLAY THAT WAS CONSIDERED A COMEDY ALSO HAD A DARK SIDE. IT CRITICIZED THE VICTORIAN SOCIETY AND SOUGHT OUT THE POSITIVES TOO. THE PLAY SHOWED THE HYPOCRISIES (PRACTICE OF “FAKING” OR CLAIMING TO HAVE MORAL STANDARDS OR BELIEFS). IT SPECIFICALLY SHOWS THE EFFECT ON WILDE’S LIFE AND THE DAMAGING EFFECTS IT CAN HAVE ON THE ACTUAL PERSON. (COLLECTION, ERDMANN , MUSIC OF THE 1980’S)
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POLITICAL SITUATION IN THE 1890’S THE POPULIST PARTY WAS A POLITICAL PARTY FORMED IN THE 1890’S, THEY WERE PASSIONATE ABOUT POLICIES THAT WOULD RAISE CROP PRICES. THE ELECTION OF 1892 HAPPENED THE CANDIDATES WERE
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