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Unformatted text preview: they desired, but ultimately, it was not acceptable for them to marry the men they actually liked. Moreover, Wilde presents the idea of proposals being business and not pleasure. When Jack proposes to Gwendolyn, she remarks that he has had very little experience in how to propose,. ..[and that] men often purpose for practice (981). This signifies that proposal is an art to be practiced and perfected, which means that it should be done often and with many women. Thus, proposals really have little to do with marriage or romance. Essentially, the dominant view is that marriage is business. Although the characters end up marrying for what seems to be love, the general consensus is that marriage is not for romance, but conformity to social standards and norms. The marriages still have to be arranged according to rules....
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- Fall '08