A Marxist Criticism On "The Importance Of Being Earnest"



"Excuse me Geoffrey, could you get me some more water. I'm
terribly thirsty, and the weather out here isn't doing any good for my
complexion." declares the man as he sighs in exhaustion.
"Right away sir, anything else?" proclaims the servant.

"No that will be all." says the man as he waves off the servant.

So is this the scene of yesteryear's society or one of today's,
well in actuality it can be either. In today's world the rich still rely
on butlers and maids. It seems to be a practice that will always exist in
this world, but the question largely is not on their jobs, but if they are
deemed of a different class, and sadly to say yes. In today's world it
seems that class is ...

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critique about the way the class structure influences the play. He
leaves room for these critiques when he writes about the servants, the
nobles, and the middle class. His view on society and class is very
evident on the way the servants are portrayed.

"I don't know that I am much interested in your family life,
Lane'"

"No sir; it's not a very interesting subject. I never think of it
myself.'"
In this passage from the play it is very clear that Wilde likes to
give his characters some life, but however it seemed that he was giving the
servants a bit too much, but nevertheless it does establish very well the
position of those servants. In the society Wilde is presenting it seems
that the place of the servant was not only for manual labor, but also to
provide conversation, and to compliment the employer's personalities. In
the story the idea of class was demonstrated by the interaction between
Lane and Algernon even though Lane was witty he did know his place as a
servant ...

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one needs to also look at the
way the nobility are viewed. In Oscar Wilde's play he seems to make almost
a mockery of the nobility. When one sees the way the nobles are portrayed
one will think this is a sarcasm on the nobles, but however if one examines
it closer he/she may realize this is closer to the truth than previous
accounts of the nobles. In the play Oscar Wilde does not hold back in
fears he would offend anyone he wrote a play to entertain, but he also did
an excellent job on reflecting how the nobles are. Firstly he displays the
character of Algernon, who is, quite frankly, a languid in debt young man,
but nevertheless he is still a noble. With this character Wilde ...

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