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Social Classes and Structure- Oscar Wilde
Transcript of Social Classes and Structure- Oscar Wilde
Victorian England Lord Henry represents the highest of London society, Sibyl the lower. Dorian is stuck in the middle
Scandal of Dorian and Sibyl’s engagement
Dorian frequenting undesirable areas of town Picture of Dorian Gray
The Devoted Friend
Lady Windermere's Fan Lady Windermere's Fan Lady Windermere's Fan Social Classes Three main classes
Working Class Reign of Queen Victoria: 1837-1901
“Dandies and Dowdies” (Wilde, pg 602) Elite Class Royalty and Aristocracy Middle Upper Class Lower Upper Class Middle Class Upper Middle Class Lower Middle Class Skilled, well-paid workers Lower (Working) Class Unskilled workers Poor and Unemployed Miller Skilled Working Class, better, more intelligent
Hans Unskilled, Poor, Lower Class, simplistic Hans values friendship with a higher class
Miller abuses that friendship
Idealistic view of lower classes Lord and Lady Windermere Upper Class, Aristocracy, prestigious
Mrs Erlynne Disgraced in society, was once prestigious, tries to blackmail the Windermere’s The Upper Classes- though ignorant-are controlled by scandal
Scorned members of society are jealous, vindictive and spiteful “Lord Henry Wotton had set himself early in life to the serious study the great aristocratic art of doing absolutely nothing. He lived only for pleasure…”(The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1945) Victorian society was obviously flawed
Wilde’s writing reflects his views on Victorian society
Both idolizes the middle and lower classes and makes fun of the upper classes Quotes ” Mrs Erlynne was once honoured, loved, respected. She was well-born, she had position- she lost everything- Threw it away…” Lord W (pg 496)
“ No! if a woman really repents, she never wishes to return to the society that has made or seen her ruin” Lady W (pg 497)
“ I see that there are just as many fools in society as there used to be. So pleased to find that nothing has changed” Mrs E (pg 508)
“ You do not know what it is to fall into the pit, to be despised, mocked, abandoned, sneered at- to be an outcast! To find the door shut against one, to have to creep by in by hideous byways…. Hear the…horrible laughter of the world.” Mrs E (pg 515) Quotes “…neighbours thought it strange that the rich miller never gave little Hans anything in return… but hans never troubled his head about these things…” (pg 342)
“ …the winter came… he suffered a great deal from cold and hunger…” (pg 342)
“… sat in her comfortable armchair by the big pinewood fire…”( pg 342)
“ I would much sooner have your good opinion than my silver buttons, any day.” (pg 345)
“ I take it quite as a compliment your coming to me…”(pg 347)
“ A great loss to me at any rate… one certainly suffers for being gererous”(pg 348) hjhjhjhj