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1 “The Importance of Being Earnest”
Oscar Wilde “The Importance of Being Earnest”

2 Life Born in Dublin in 1854. Went to Oxford
Father a surgeon and mother a poet. Went to Oxford Decided that art should not preach but create beauty for beauty sake. Known for his eccentric wardrobe. Lectured in America on art, fashion, and interior decoration.

3 Writer Wrote fairy tales A Picture of Dorian Gray –a novel
Then 4 plays Imprisioned in 1895 for homosexuality and it destroyed his reputation. He died in shame in 1900

4 Earnest “Art for Art sake” Influenced by Henrik Ibsen-
play depends on the idea of a time bomb from the past leading to an explosion, then reordered chaos. Question and answer to provide background Shakespearean and Roman influences separated siblings Goldsmith- suitor adopts an assumed identity

5 Victorian Spoof Victorian Norms Validated
Escaping to the countryside Railroad as a new source of travel Victorian Norms Problematized No Evangelicals fighting against drinking, dueling. Does not focus on the city but on the country

6 Themes Deception as a way of life Importance of Style and Appearance
Honesty has no value in this play. Importance of Style and Appearance satirizes social propriety

7 More Shakespearean Elements
Confusion over identity Focus on marriage in the plot Lost and found babies Escape to the country to find happiness and truth A monarch appears at the end to restore order Word Play

8 Why was this play successful?
What do you think?

9 Using the play as evidence, what is Wilde’s view of Victorian England?
What do you think?

10 What literary elements are used?
Puns Irony What else?

11 Satire: Horatian or Juvenalian?
playfully criticizes some social vice through gentle, mild, and light-hearted humour. It directs wit, exaggeration, and self-deprecating humour toward what it identifies as folly, rather than evil. Horatian satire's sympathetic tone is common in modern society. Some examples include Jonathan Swift's Gulliver’s Travels, Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock, C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters, Juvenalian satire is more contemptuous and abrasive than the Horatian. Juvenalian satire addresses social evil through scorn, outrage, and savage ridicule. This form is often pessimistic, characterized by irony, sarcasm, moral indignation and personal invective, with less emphasis on humour. Some Juvenalian satire: Jonathan Swift's A Modest Proposal, George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451

12 What does this play say about people? Gender? Society?
Are these things universal or just Victorian?

13 What is the value of reading this play today?
What can we learn? What is the purpose of reading literature? (Apply this to the entire year of reading we have done.)

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