The Hypocrisy of Being Serious
The Even victorian era was obviously a time of smugness and pomposity for the newly abundant generation who quickly flower in class during and after the industrial revolution. Nothing was mainly because it seemed from this day once earnestness was allegedly one of the most prized attribute a man could possess. In Oscar Wilde's classical epigramme, " The value of Being Earnest, вЂќ every single character represents the tips and principles of this " earnestвЂќ age.
Oscar Wilde's main character in " The value of Being Serious, вЂќ Jack port, spouts hypocrisy when his mouth is usually open, and frequently when it is closed. At first impression, Jack seems to be a true man. Indeed, the beginnings of his dialogue with Algernon in the beginning scene demonstrates just that, but when the subject of his travels back and forth from the city for the country is brought up, Jack makes reasons and quickly changes the subject to more lighthearted subject areas like cucumber sandwiches (890). But very soon Algernon broaches the subject of " Bunburying, вЂќ to Jack's ignorance. Very little does this generously gentleman know, however , that he is in fact " one of the advanced Bunburyists (Algernon) know(s)вЂќ (894). The explanation Algernon gets from his questions is actually that Jack is Ernest in town, and Jack in the area. Perhaps Jack port who is Ernest is quite a bit less earnest as he seems? Algernon certainly considers so. He produces a cigarette case owned by Jack with the inscription " From tiny Cecily with her fondest loveвЂќ (892). At which point, Jack port says that it is very ungentlemanly to read someone else's cigarette case. If Jack port is so concerned with being gentlemanly, then why is he, as Algernon puts it, a " Bunburyist? вЂќ Only a few lines later, Plug says to Algernon: " My dear Algy, you talk just as if you were a dentist. It is very vulgar to talk like a dental office when a single isn't a dental professional. It produces a false impressionвЂќ (893). This kind of statement criticizes him being a dreadful hypocrite to receptive readers. Jack port...
Cited: Schwule, Oscar. " The Importance to be Earnest. " The Seagull Reader: Literary works.
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