Date of publication: 2017-07-09 14:04
The speech exemplifies one of the ways in which Wilde&rsquo s comedy works. The characters in The Importance of Being Earnest are not realistic or true to life. They don&rsquo t display consistency of temperament or viewpoint, even within a given scene or speech. They&rsquo re literary constructs, artificial creations whose purpose is to give voice to a particular utterance at a particular moment. Wilde uses Lady Bracknell to embody the mind-boggling stupidity of the British aristocracy, while at the same time, he allows her to voice some of the most trenchant observations in the play.
To distinguish more clearly we can take the old Arab fable of the frog and the scorpion, who met one day on the bank of the River Nile, which they both wanted to cross. The frog offered to ferry the scorpion over on his back provided the scorpion promised not to sting him. The scorpion agreed so long as the frog would promise not to drown him. The mutual promises exchanged, they crossed the river. On the far bank the scorpion stung the frog mortally.
Algernon speaks these lines in Act I, replying to Jack &rsquo s announcement that he plans to kill off his imaginary brother and his suggestion that Algernon do the same with Bunbury. Jack has just denied being what Algernon called &ldquo a Bunburyist,&rdquo that is, someone who leads a double life or otherwise engages in an elaborate deception that allows him to misbehave and seem virtuous at the same time. Jack thinks that once he is married to Gwendolen he will no longer need the ruse of the irresponsible brother because he will be happy, and he won&rsquo t want to disappear. Algernon counters with the suggestion that it is the married man who needs Bunbury most of all.
I don't know about others, but it helped me a lot to take the quiz over To Kill a Mockingbird before I had a timed writing the next day. It really helped me review and keep straight the facts in the novel. This is the first time I tried taking a quiz, and I will definitely do it again with other novels in the future.
I actually already read the book in my English class about a month ago, and you have to admit, the begaining is kind of boring. And actually most of the book is boring. But the end was so good, that i just sat there and read for like, two hours. I really wanted to know why everyone calls it an important literature book.
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Needs a few more Quotations from Atticus, and also one quote will be useful as well: "Your father's the same in the courtroom as he is in the street" Miss Maudie
This exchange between Algernon and Jack in Act I occurs after Lady Bracknell has swept indignantly out of the house in response to Jack&rsquo s inability to produce any ancestry. In some ways it foreshadows the future, since Gwendolen really does resemble her mother in a number of ways. Like Lady Bracknell, she is somewhat ruthless and overbearing, and she demonstrates similar habits of speech and frames of mind, including a propensity to monomania (witness her obsession with the name &ldquo Ernest&rdquo ) and a tendency to make absurd categorical pronouncements. If Gwendolen&rsquo s voice were turned up a few decibels, it might be indistinguishable from that of Lady Bracknell.
This open interest in the idea of immorality is what takes Cecily out of the realm of Victorian hypocrisy and makes her a suitable love interest for Algernon. Her notion that if Jack&rsquo s brother is not really wicked he has been &ldquo deceiving us all in a very inexcusable manner&rdquo turns the plot of the play on its head. She goes on to define hypocrisy as &ldquo pretending to be wicked and being really good all the time.&rdquo It isn&rsquo t, of course. It is the opposite of hypocrisy. In fact, it is the creed of the Wildean dandy-hero.