In general, the older generation thinks of marriage as a means to an end, a way of maintaining or bettering your social position.
In the Victorian world of this play, men have greater influence than women. Men make the political decisions for their families, while women work around the house, quietly taking care of the children.
Men are valued for their intellect and judgment, while women are attractive to men for their beauty and chastity. However, Wilde raises interesting questions about gender roles in The Importance of Being Earnest by putting women like Lady Bracknell in positions of power and by showing that men i.
In contrast, what do Lady Bracknell and other respectable figures like Miss Prism value in men? How is this the same or different from what society values in women?
How do the major women in the play—Lady Bracknell, Gwendolen, and Cecily—reverse traditional gender roles? In contrast, how do they adhere to them?
In Earnest, figures like Lady Bracknell, Gwendolen, and Cecily reverse gender role stereotypes by exercising power and control over the opposite sex.
Although the female characters in Earnest exercise power briefly, they also conform to many female stereotypes—ultimately ensuring that the play upholds traditional gender roles instead of challenging or changing them.Transcript of The Portrayal of Women in 'The Importance of Being Earnest' and 'Pygmalion' Florence Lau Man Ying The Portrayal of Women in ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ Full of imagination Analysis The Importance of Being Earnest () Pygmalion () Similarity Differences: Family background.
A list of all the characters in The Importance of Being Earnest. The The Importance of Being Earnest characters covered include: John (Jack/Ernest) Worthing, J.P., Algernon Moncrieff, Gwendolen Fairfax, Cecily Cardew, Lady Bracknell, Miss Prism, Rev.
Canon Chasuble, D.D., Lane, Merriman. The Importance of Being Earnest Perspectives Activity One Examining the Correlation Between Literature and Culture by Studying the Victorian Era as it is Portrayed in—and Shaped by—The Importance of Being Earnest 1.
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Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October – 30 November ) was an Irish poet and playwright. After writing in different forms throughout the s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early s.
Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew are the two female leads in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. Both women provide the main source of conflict in this romantic comedy; they are the objects of affection. During Acts One and Two, the women are deceived by the well-meaning male.
Wilde displays this natural wittiness in his well-known play “The Importance of Being Earnest” which is a hilariously satirized caricature of the Victorian age and the .