Journal for Essay Three

Journal for Essay Three - ▪ “I thought you came up for...

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Pham 1 Stephanie Pham 26 October 2010 Journal Entry for Essay Three Question: How does Oscar Wilde convey attitudes towards marriage, and what does this say about the time period? **Pleasure vs Business 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 arrange according to rules. Notes: Through epigrams and character speech Algernon- “Good Heavens! Is marriage so demoralising as that?” 974 “girls never marry the men they flirt with” 975
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Unformatted text preview: ▪ “I thought you came up for pleasure?. ... I call that business” 975 ▪ “the amount of women who flirt with their own husbands is perfectly scandalous” 978 ▪ “in married life three is company and two is none” 978 ▪ “divorces are made in heaven” 975 • through actions ◦ Jack and Lady Bracknell's conversation on 982 discussing the possibility of marriage for gwendolyn- very much like a business transaction ◦ Algernon and Cecily's whole situation- they just met, obviously do not love each other ◦ the diary conversation ◦ Ease of forgiveness for cecily and gwendolyn...
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