The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest: Biography: Oscar Wilde

The Irish poet, novelist, and dramatist Oscar Fingal OFlahertie Wills Wilde was born in Dublin, Ireland on October 16, 1854, the second son of unconventional parents. His mother was Lady Jane Francesca Wilde, a poet, translator, and journalist who was active in the women’s rights movement. His father was Sir William Wilde, an Irish antiquarian, …

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The Importance of Being Earnest: Theme Analysis

Sincerity versus hypocrisy This is the central theme of the play. Wilde lampoons the Victorian convention of preserving the appearance of respectability to hide cruel, manipulative, avaricious attitudes and unrespectable behavior. Many scenes reflect this theme, such as when Gwendolen and Cecily indulge in a catfight thinly disguised behind polite conversation at tea. Concealing her …

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