Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde, Oliver Twist, Victorian Comedy
OLIVER TWIST, THE PLOT: he was born in a workhouse after his mother ‘s
death. For 9 years he lives in a parish orphanage but was brought into the
workhouse by Mr Bumble, a parish official. In the workhouse Oliver shocks
everyone because he asked for more food. The consequence was that he was
sold for 5ponds at an undertaker but Oliver run away to London. He meets
Dodger a pick-pocket boy that brought him in his house in the slums of
London, Fagin’s den. Fagin teaches boys how to steal for him helped by a
brutal burglar, Sikes, and his girlfriend Nancy, a prostitute. One night was order
to Oliver to steal a rich family but The lady of the house Mrs Maylie decides
to take care of him. She and his husband discovered Oliver’s identity but
adopted him. Nancy was murdered by Sikes for helping Oliver but also he died
and Fagin was captured by the police. Oliver’s innocents was saved and the
villains was all punished.
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST: is a Wild’s famous play.
The story is about two young aristocratic men, Ernest and Algernon, who
fall in love with two young women. Ernest is now called Jack, the name
assigned him when he was adopted. He is the guardian to his grand-
daughter, Miss Cecily, who lives in the country. Jack has invented an
alter ego , a younger brother called Ernest who lives in the City because
he was in love with Algernon’s cousin, Gwendolen. Even Algernon
pretends to have a friend, called Bunbury, whose invalidity requires
frequent attention, so ensuring his departure to the country because he
was in love with Cecily. The story develops around the two young men’s
attempts to marry Gwendolen and Cecil.
They have to overcome a lot of obstacles but in the end both men, who
discover they are brothers, succeed in marrying their girls. They
discovered that The name of their father was Ernest. Neither man is
really "earnest" (honest), nor "Ernest" (in English the two words are
pronounced the same way). Wilde with this expedient brings to expose
the appearance of the high Victorian society.
The institution of marriage: The play presents an aristocratic society
whose members are typical Victorian snobs; they are often arrogant,
formal, and concerned with money.The story is based on the problems of
marriage. Wilde makes fun of the institution of marriage which he saw as
a practice surrounded by hypocrisy and absurdity. He shows that
aristocracy doesn’t see marriage as the result of love but rather as a tool
for achieving social stature.
Irony and Imagination: The whole play is built on witty dialogues ,
amusing puns, misunderstandings paradoxes. The title is a pun in itself:
the name Earnest (misspelling for Ernest) evokes the adjectives “earnest,
honest and sincere”, while none of the characters is truthful.
The characters are used to criticise the Victorian prudery and exaggerated
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I contenuti di questa pagina costituiscono rielaborazioni personali del Publisher angela.ventura93 di informazioni apprese con la frequenza delle lezioni di Letteratura inglese e studio autonomo di eventuali libri di riferimento in preparazione dell'esame finale o della tesi. Non devono intendersi come materiale ufficiale dell'università Macerata - Unimc o del prof De Angelis Valerio Massimo.
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