Satire In The Importance Of Being Ernest

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“a mode of drama that uses character and events to present an intensified but not completely negative view of human imperfection”(1358). This is how Robert Scholes and David Staines define satire. Oscar Wilde uses satire in his play “The Importance of Being Earnest”. Wilde's actors are playing upper class citizens who are very self-absorbed. Nothing is taken seriously except trivial things. Wilde is enthusiastic about mocking the upper classes, and their rules of social conduct. Each character is used by Wilde to satirize the society on such issues like marriage, intelligence and morality. Wilde satirizes the idea of marriage; Marriage is seen in Victorian society as a way to stay wealthy, in order to keep their money and high social class. When Lady Bracknell interrogates Jack to determine if he is appropriate for Gwendolen, She already had a list of eligible bachelors made up. Lady Bracknell wants Jack to have Money, property, and an aristocratic name. She cares little for his character. As the play goes on and we see just how shallow she really is. “ Me sir! What has it to do with me?…show more content…
Even though it could be useful for conversation, it was not necessary to keep up the standards that had been put into place. Lady Bracknell expresses that if education interferes with society, there would be disorder and that its best to remain ignorant. “I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square.” (1032) Wild seems to find there idea of ignorance is bliss quite amusing as well as Lady Bracknell's

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