The Notorious Irishman

Paper discussing Oscar Wilde’s work The Importance of Being Ernest, and its treatment of the aristocracy.

This paper discusses Oscar Wilde’s writing and its reception by the upper class of his time. The focus of this paper is Wilde’s work, The Importance of Being Ernest. The author discusses various subjects of Wilde’s writing: death and marriage, parenting and social manners.
“Oscar Wilde made his reputation off of mocking the Victorian Era. In fact, he lived his life the same way, blatantly ignoring the common rules of society. He loathed the pretentiousness of the wealthy that dominated nearly every aspect of life in England. This was particularly ironic considering his father was a surgeon for Queen Victoria. Even more ironic is the fact that the victims of Wilde’s sharp wit and satirical comedy, the well-to-do socialites, were his biggest fans. In The Importance of Being Ernest, Wilde creates a trivial farce of the aristocracy through the actions and behaviors of both Algernon and Lady Bracknell, with the former as a metaphoric dignitary and the latter as an economic aristocrat..”