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Importance of Being Ernest savanna amy aaron

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Amy Press

on 20 September 2012

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To what extent is Gwendolen a typical Victorian lady? To what extent does she not fulfill typical Victorian standards and requirements for being a lady? In order to be a proper Victorian Lady, one was expected to fufill specific requirements; appearance, wealth, and etiquette were above all else held to the highest regard in Victorian society. In correlation with these requirements, marriage was another aspect in which women did not have say in courtship, because the men were to be assertive and the parents to be controlling. It was these superficial qualities that were used to set the standards for women in this specific era. Victorian standards "My own Ernest!"(11) Wilde utilizes Gwendolen's love of the name Ernest to illustrate the superficial folly associated with the beliefs of Victorian Society. Readers can infer from Gwendolen's statement that victorian women viewed traits such as honesty insignificant in correlation to hypocrisy and decietfulness. Through her actions, Gwendolen can be classified as a typical victorian. “Sugar is not fashionable any more” (40) Gwendolen's comment on the fact that "sugar is not fashionable any more"(40) reflects the importance she places on the insignificant matters in life. Wilde is able to poke fun at the insane moral values of the Victorians' through Gwnedolen's own foolish acts. To Not Fufill Victorian Standards "Something tells me we are going to be great friends."(36)
"From the moment I saw you I distrusted you."(40) When Gwendolen first encounters Cecily, she immediately decleares "[they] are going to be great friends"(36). Subsequently following the discovery of both their engagements to Ernest, Gwendolen contradicts her ealrier statement by professing to Cecily "from the moment [she] saw [her] [she] distrusted [her]"(40). Gwendolen's proclamations in correlation to one another, suffice as evidence of hypocrisy, a practice favoured amongst Victorian women. The women were not enticed to enroll by specific standards when overturning the rulling of Victorian society. With no such requirements present, these women ran their own lives. The women did not abide to their husbands rulings, and attempted to be independent. Because this was not expected by a victorian, they did not fufill the ideas of a Victorian Society. Women could only be represented as Victorian's through pictures. “The home seems to me to be the proper sphere for the man. And certaintly once a man begins to neglect his domestic duties he becomes painfully infeminate, does he not? …..”(36) Victorian society often portrayed the role of a women to be a housekeeper, not the men. Instead, they were expected to undertake tasks such as financial wellbeing in order to be praised upon and fufill Victorian Standards. “I think it would be an admirable opportunity. And to spare you any possible disappointment, Mr. Worthing I think it only fair to tell you quite frankly before hand that I am fully determined to accept you.”(12) Gwedolen portrays her straight forward attitude, contrasting with a proper Victorian lady, whoms duty was to express modesty. A Victorian was uncaring and irrelevant in most situations, but Gwedolen is diverging from the Victorian norm when pushing on Jack to marry her. In Conclusion... Wilde uses Gwedolen to portray her own wit within a some-what normal Victorian society. Gwedolen truly shows her pessimism towards theVictorian culture when her love becomes strong for Ernest. But she still withholds a Victorian stature when abbiding to her mothers wishes. As a result, Gwedolen assumes both the roles of Victorian and "unvictorian" throughout the play. Prezied by
Amy Press
Aaron Arellano
Savanna Martinez To what extent is Gwedolen a typical Victorian lady? To what extent does she not fufill typical Victorian standards and requirements for being a lady? (cc) image by anemoneprojectors on Flickr hyprocritical
judgement based upon physical appearance
significance of social status is crucial modest
ruled by men
mercenery marriges straight foward
praises men who maintain in household Victorian Lady Gwendolen
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