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|Name: Tina Wang
The Important of Being Earnest
Main characters: Jack, Algernon=Algy, Gwendolen, Lady Bracknell,
The background of this drama is the upper class of Victorian time.
Their views about Marriage-
I think those main characters have very different views about engagement
and marriage from each other. Jack is a typical man who is serious about
marriage. Algy is a playful man who considers that falling in love is very
romantic while proposal is the end of excitement. ("The very essence of
romance is uncertainty. It I get married, I'll certainly try to forget
the fact."-by Algy P.255) You can also see his philosophy of life from
this point because he seems care less about how others think and disregards
the traditional concepts of marriage. (I love hearing my relations abused.
It is the only thing that makes me put up with them at all. Relations are
simply a tedious pack of people, who haven't got the remotest knowledge
of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die-P269, regardless
of others' views to him.)
On the other hand, Lady Bracknell puts emphasis on the social value
of marriage and engagement. Page 265, she told Gwendolen "When you do become
engaged to some one, I , or your father, will inform you of the fact. An
engagement should come on a young girl as a surprise, pleasant or unpleasant,
as the case may be. It is hardly a matter that she could be allowed to
arrange for herself¡K"
Gwendolen and Cecily have the same attitude toward marriage, they love Jack and Algy for their name's sake. Cecily is even funnier that she pretended falling in love with Mr. Earnest before she had met him!
Comparison: What are they "earnest" for?!
Lower class-upper class
Algy said " I don't play accurately-anyone can play accurately-but I
play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment
is my forte. I keep science of life." On P.253 We know that the upper class
cares much about spiritual life while the lower class have no idea what
science of life is. People in lower class worked so hard to earn their
living so they might have no chance to realize the science of life. Furthermore,
they didn't receive good education so that they knew nothing about equality.
Thus, they won't lead to violence and the upper class can save their privilege
forever. This was what Lady Bracknell thought.