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Unformatted text preview: I also found it funny how Jack and Algernon deal with their issues, particularly in the scene when Cecily and Gwendolyn get mad at them for lying about their names. While most men would beg and grovel to get back the women they love so deeply, Jack and Algernon simply let them go. Instead, they start eating muffins. I think Wilde is showing the artificiality of Victorian love by having Cecily and Gwendolyn become angry about a lie as trivial as one’s name. In Victorian society, it often wasn’t one’s choice who one would marry; marriages were often arranged. All in all, I found Oscar Wilde’s humor in the story truly funny. The resolution at the end of the story seems so improbable that any audience member has to recognize Wilde is turning the well-made conventions upside down. I would really enjoy seeing this play live as it would only contribute to my understanding and experience to see a character like Lady Bracknell on stage....
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This document was uploaded on 10/29/2011 for the course DRAM 120 at UNC.
- Fall '08
- The Importance of Being Earnest, Love, Lady Bracknell