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Blog iii: "The Importance of Being Earnest," Wed. 4/24
Respond to one of the following and at least one peer's response by Thurs., 10/14 (6 AM); make sure you copy and paste the prompt above your posting:
1. A comedy of manners, this play satirizes what? How does this play deal with motifs of appearance versus reality, truth versus deception?
2. In The Importance of Being Earnest, characters often use words such as bad and wicked and make statements about what is and isn’t acceptable behavior. Do we ever really see true wickedness in this play or true goodness for that matter? When? How so or why not?
3. Which relationship, if any, seems more likely to succeed: that of Jack and Gwendolen, that of Algernon and Cecily, or that of Rev. Chasuble & Miss Prism? Why?
4. Who is the more believable or realistic character: Cecily or Gwendolen? Why?
5. Although Wilde criticizes both the Romantic and Victorian views of marriage in this play, how could you make an argument that he prefers the Romantic view?
6. Identify key differences between the Oliver Parker 2002 film version of The Importance of Being Earnest and the original play. Why does Parker make the additions and changes he does? How do the affect or enhance Wilde’s original message(s)?
7 What is the overall effect of the play’s references to death? How does the play deal w/ death as a motif? What is the meaning of Earnest’s death? Ernest represents what?
7. Is The Importance of Being Earnest funny or witty? Analyze some aspects of Wildean wit. Is there a difference between being “witty” and being “funny”? Show, through examples, how this play uses wit (high comedy) rather than low humor.