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Importance of Being Earnest

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Alison Rukavina

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The Importance of Being Earnest published in 1894 Paralellism between authorslife and the textWilde created people from his own characterWilde had to hide who he really wasThe idea of the split between public and private was a major subject in his workWe also see a split between the gendersThere is a dual morality Men are judged by different standards than womenPeople had higher expectations for women moralityFor the upper classes there was the idea of do what I say and not as I doFor Cecily and Gwendolyn marriage was a means of escapeThey feel trapped by the Victorian eraLady Bracknell believes that JackEarnest isnt worthy of Gwendolyn He was born in a handbagBut Lady Bracknells lineage was also suspectThis is hypocrisyWilde was born in Dublin Ireland in 1854Parents were at the top of Irish societyPeople at this time didnt treat Irish people wellWilde was very entertaining However he wasnt accepted in England because of his being Irish The upper class people in England accepted him as a gentleman but not as an equalNever accepted into the inner circleWhen he realized that he was gay he decided to enter into public
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