Essays Tagged: "Wilde"

Biography of Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (real name Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde) was born onOctober 16th, 1854 in Dublin. His ... Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde) was born onOctober 16th, 1854 in Dublin. His father, William Robert Wilde, was an eminent eyedoctor, with an interest in myths and folklore. He was the founder of the f ... as the appointed Surgeon Occultist to the Queen, whoknighted him. His mother, Jane Francesca Elgee Wilde, was a poet who wrote patrioticIrish verse under the pen name Speranza, and had a considerable ...

(5 pages) 142 2 5.0 Dec/1996

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

A Tale Of Three Classes. A Marxist Criticism on 'The Importance of Being Earnest' by Oscar Wilde

re of our time and that of other era's, such as the play 'The Importance of Being Earnest' by Oscar Wilde. In this play Wilde display's the class structure with a different and interesting twist. He m ... teresting subject. I never think of it myself.''In this passage from the play it is very clear that Wilde likes to give his characters some life, but however it seemed that he was giving the servants ...

(6 pages) 113 0 5.0 Jan/1996

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Oscar Wilde's, "The Picture of Dorian Gray".

In Oscar Wilde's, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wilde uses many historical concepts in his novel, three of them ... of these concepts were used to progress the story, others were used to influence the story itself. Wilde uses Shakespeare's, Romeo and Juliet, and his own view of art to develop the story. Along with ... elop the story. Along with using his theme, there is strong circumstantial evidence to suggest that Wilde's novel was in fact inspired, if not a "spin off" off Robert Stevenson's novel: Dr. Jekyll and ...

(5 pages) 95 1 3.4 May/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Literary critique of "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde.

scandalous homoerotic bonds, and even the Anti-Christ himself have been said to be figured in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. Critics have ranted and raved about the novel's supposed advocac ... and often taboo pleasures of life and denying the senses of nothing. They've praised and condemned Wilde's ambiguous representation of the homosexual triad formed by the three central characters, Dor ...

(7 pages) 158 0 3.5 Nov/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Essay discussing the validity of critics as well as Oscar Wilde in defense of his literary work "A Portrait of Dorian Gray."

turn armies or simply stop the reading of a book. The remarkably erudite - himself a critic - Oscar Wilde, in a modernly unheard of manner, retorted to his critics. Using the columnist's weapon, Wilde ... ch example is the St. James Gazette's (June 26,1890) views and the respective negation on behalf of Wilde (June 27, 1890).At the core of the debate in regard to validity of each side, it is imperative ...

(3 pages) 50 1 5.0 Nov/2003

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

The Influences of Oscar Wilde The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Influences of Oscar WildeThroughout his life Oscar Wilde had many strong influences exerted upon him. During his early c ... d out in his writing. These influences gave him ample ideas for writing The Picture of Dorian Gray. Wilde's study of the Hellenistic ideals of Epicurus, his coddled lifestyle as a child and his devoti ... sthetics and Moral Ambiguity have produced one of the most astounding works of horror fiction.Oscar Wilde' more effeminate attitude toward life and the way he looked at beauty can be attributed to his ...

(6 pages) 93 1 4.7 May/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Authors

Characters,social commentary and message about society in Wilde's play "The Importance of Being Earnest"

How do the characters change and grow during the course of Wilde's play?For one, Algy at first does not want to get married. He feels it kills the romance ande ... from a girl to a lady upon meeting Algernon. Lady Bracknell stayed the same and did not change much.Wilde is making a specific social commentary in his play. What is his message about society?In this ... hat goes on between upper and lower class people. There is no mix, it'seither one or the other.Does Wilde's comment on society hold true for modern American society?Definitely yes! There still is the ...

(2 pages) 42 0 4.2 Aug/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

The Importance of Being Earnest is described as satire. Satire implies criticism of society and social institutions. Do you consider this play satirical? What do you think this play criticizes?

be the use of humor to ridicule faults and vices. The Importance of Being Earnest written by Oscar Wilde is a social satire, using irony and paradoxes to insinuate the problems and faults found in th ... ng Earnest satirizes the class system, etiquette and disposition that was expected from Victorians. Wilde uses irony, humor and characters not only to call attention to the absurdity of the Victorian ...

(3 pages) 96 1 4.7 Aug/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

How is the concept of marriage treated in The Importance of Being Ernest? What do the characters think about this institution?

he twentieth century was considered to be prestigious and was the central aim of the English novel. Wilde uses the concept of marriage in The Importance of Being Earnest as a paradox. The characters a ... rayed to end in problems and unhappiness yet unknowingly the characters all move towards this goal. Wilde, who had been married himself, uses this play to show the two class systems that are developed ...

(2 pages) 37 0 5.0 Aug/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

1) The concept of 'aesthetic value' discuss what justifications there might be for distinguishing the 'aesthetic' dimension of a work from its moral, social or political implications?

scandalous homoerotic bonds, and even the Anti-Christ himself have been said to be figured in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. Critics have ranted and raved about the novel's supposed advocac ... and often taboo pleasures of life and denying the senses of nothing. They've praised and condemned Wilde's ambiguous representation of the homosexual triad formed by the three central characters, Dor ...

(5 pages) 41 0 4.0 Oct/2004

Subjects: Art Essays

The Importance of Being Earnest

Because Victorian norms were so repressive and suffocating, Wilde creates episodes in which his characters live secret lives or create false impressions to expr ... vel are all examples of an inner life covered up by suffocating rules. However, the major target of Wilde's scathing social wit is the hypocritical mask of society.Frequently in Victorian society, its ... selves in overly sincere, polite ways while they harbored conversely manipulative, cruel attitudes. Wilde exposes this divide in scenes such as when Gwendolen and Cecily behave themselves in front of ...

(1 pages) 28 0 0.0 Nov/2004

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Conflicts in The Importance of Being Earnest

conflicts themselves can. One play where this is true is The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde.Set in Victorian England, this play satirises the aristocracy of the time. Usually, authors of ... he lower classes as their roving grounds for social commentary, but unlike authors such as Dickens, Wilde used the upper classes, with which he was personally familiar.Oscar Wilde knew the upper class ...

(2 pages) 58 0 0.0 Jun/2005

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

"The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde: Algernon Montcrieff - A Character Analysis

known phenomenon that many authors' lives are reflected through a character in their work. In Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, the double life, or double identity, can be seen as the cen ... aracteristic of Algernon is that his idea of bunburying can be seen as a metaphor within itself for Wilde's own double life, both as a married upper class socialite in Victorian England, and as closet ...

(5 pages) 34 0 5.0 Nov/2006

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

Complete Victorian “Earnesty”

women and as a result an entire society of "politically correct" facades were created. Oscar Wilde presents three main female characters, Gwendolyn, Cecily, and Lady Bracknell in his parody "Th ... ssession" (2).Due to the pressure and conflicting Victorian attitudes towards marriage, Oscar Wilde had no problem using his female characters to show the triviality behind "marrying well" ...

(13 pages) 19 0 0.0 Apr/2001

Subjects: Literature Research Papers

‘Salome is a virtually unstageable piece, dated

riety of interpretations over the years - a biblical figure manifested as a late 19th Century play (Wilde), an opera (Strauss), many series of drawings, paintings and illustrations (Moreau and Beardsl ... l first to look at the history of its production. The 'central' text when considering Salome is the Wilde play (1891), as this was the version that formed the basis for the Strauss opera; Beardsley il ...

(9 pages) 917 0 5.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Poetry

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O?flahertie Wills Wilde, known to the world as simply Oscar Wilde, led a life as elaborate and jaw dropping as the pro ... rked and no one grew old and time was endless.? (Belford, p.4) This was perhaps a foreshadowing for Wilde?s obsessions with youth, youths, and the purity of innocence. It may also have predicted his d ... gh his life was far from paradise and stained with dark areas of embarrassment and futile longings, Wilde was always able to surround himself with the fresh vibrancy of adolescence. He found nothing m ...

(7 pages) 23 0 4.5 Feb/2008

Subjects: Art Essays > Artists

Oscar Wilde's Life and Works

The topic of the given abstract is ?Oscar Wilde?s Life and Works?. I have decided to choose this topic because I dare assert with confidence, ... nows this name. Few did not feel the charm of this brilliant aesthete on themselves. For some Oscar Wilde was an author of uncountable aphorisms for all occasions - from polemic debates up to a love e ... ons, a Russian and an Englishman, both allocated with the aggravated aesthetic feeling, about Oscar Wilde. And sure, they were not mistaken in their opinion: Wilde?s works had become history of the li ...

(26 pages) 49 0 5.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature > Poetry

Earnest within Society

The importance of being earnest, written by Oscar Wilde, takes place in the Victorian period in England. Wilde, known as dry, stern, and earnest; why ... ogic, epigram, and parody. Marriage, satirized throughout the play, is just one example of they way Wilde conveys his humor in the Importance of being Earnest.Satire, defined to be the use of humor to ... be the use of humor to ridicule faults and vices. The Importance of Being Earnest written by Oscar Wilde is a social satire, using irony and paradoxes to insinuate the problems and faults found in th ...

(1 pages) 18 0 0.0 Feb/2008

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > European Literature

To what extent do you agree that the friendship between Algernon and Jack produces more humour than the relationship between Jack and Gwendolen?

and Jack produces more humour than the relationship between Jack and Gwendolen?Throughout the play Wilde uses many techniques to create comedy and produce different relationships throughout. In this ... medy and produce different relationships throughout. In this essay I will discuss the ways in which Wilde creates a more comedic relationship between Algernon and Jack using varying techniques and dim ...

(9 pages) 0 0 0.0 Sep/2013

Subjects: Literature Research Papers > World Literature

Historical Context, Social Background and Theme Analysis of Importance of Being Ernest

eing Ernest" is the satire of the upper classes. This is a particularly appropriate theme for Oscar Wilde to choose because of his personal experience among upper class people in the Victorian society ... ntury, where hypocrisy, extravagance and fake aristocracy ruled the upper class society of England, Wilde used this play as a means of protest against this Social hypocrisy. By using satirical devices ...

(3 pages) 0 0 0.0 Mar/2014

Subjects: Art Essays > Drama