The Importance of Being Earnest 1

The Importance of Being Earnest 1 - Earnest - serious in...

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Realism o Rise of realism in 19th century theater o Art should reproduce an image of life avoiding the dramatic conventions such as asides and soliloquies o It shows ordinary people in ordinary situations o Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House is an example of realism in drama Henrik Ibsen o Father of modern drama o His plays talk about subjects that made the audience uncomfortable o Marriage, honesty, disease, the nature of true love, equality, truth o He was honest and direct in his treatment of characters and themes Naturalism o Literary philosophy that states the artists should provide "a slice of life" o Naturalism states everyone is a product of heredity and environment o August Strindberg's play Miss Julie is an example of naturalistic drama Oscar Wilde o Believed in the philosophy of art for art's sake o The pleasure was in the sound, imagery, and thoughts of poetry o It should not serve religious, political, social, or personal goals
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Unformatted text preview: Earnest - serious in intention, purpose, or effort; sincerely zealous The Importance of Being Earnest o A comedy of manners written by Oscar Wilde o Based on many plays and works of literature from the period o Relied on restoration comedy for inspiration o Made fun of the manners of upper class British society o A farce Similar to restoration comedy Question of marriage is central to the play Attitudes towards marriage Breeding and background are central issues Upper class is the target of satire Elements of the "well made play" o Questions of identity o Information planted in first act provides solutions to the problems in the last act o Disguise o Last minute revelations Characters o John Worthing o Algernon Moncrieff o Lady Bracknell o Gwendolyn Fairfax o Cecily Cardew o Miss Prism o Rev. Chasuble...
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