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Earnestness — a determined and serious desire to do the correct thing — was at the top of the code of conduct. Appearance was everything, and style was much more important than substance.
So, while a person could lead a secret life, carry on affairs within marriage or have children outside of wedlock, society would look the other way as long as the appearance of propriety was maintained.
For this reason, Wilde questions whether the more important or serious issues of the day are overlooked in favor of trivial concerns about appearance. Gwendolen is the paragon of this value. Her marriage proposal must be performed correctly, and her brother even practices correct proposals.
Gwendolen's aristocratic attitude is "In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity is the vital thing. The tea ceremony in Act II is a hilarious example of Wilde's contention that manners and appearance are everything.
The guise of correctness is the framework for war. Both women, thinking they are engaged to the same person, wage a civilized "war" over the tea service while the servants silently watch. When Gwendolen requests no sugar, Cecily adds four lumps to her cup.
Although she asks for bread and butter, Gwendolen is given a large slice of cake. Her true feelings come out only in an aside that Cecily supposedly cannot hear: Wilde gives examples again and again of the aristocrat's concern for propriety, that everything is done properly no matter what those good manners might be camouflaging.
The Absence of Compassion Two areas in which the Victorians showed little sympathy or compassion were illness and death. When Lady Bracknell hears that Bunbury died after his doctors told him he could not live, she feels he has — in dying — acted appropriately because he had the correct medical advice.
Health is the primary duty of life. Gwendolen, learning from her mother, is totally self-absorbed and definite about what she wants. She tells Cecily, "I never travel without my diary. One should have something sensational to read in the train. Religion Another serious subject — religion — is also a topic of satire.
While concerns of the next world would be an appropriate topic for people of this world, it seems to be shoved aside in the Victorian era. Canon Chasuble is the symbol of religious thought, and Wilde uses him to show how little the Victorians concerned themselves with attitudes reflecting religious faith.
Chasuble can rechristen, marry, bury, and encourage at a moment's notice with interchangeable sermons filled with meaningless platitudes. Even Lady Bracknell mentions that christenings are a waste of time and, especially, money.
Chasuble's pious exterior betrays a racing pulse for Miss Prism: Wilde's satire here is gentle and humorous, chiding a society for its self-importance.
Popular Culture The popular attitudes of the day about the French, literary criticism, and books are also subjects of Wilde's humor. Wilde wittily asserts that Victorians believe that nothing good comes from France, except for in Wilde's mind the occasional lesbian maid.
Otherwise, France is a good place to kill off and request the burial of Ernest.
As the good reverend says, "I fear that hardly points to any very serious state of mind at the last. They do it so well in the daily papers. Again Wilde criticizes the Victorians for believing that appearance is much more important than truth.Ethics and Society Newsfeed – September 21, September 14, Ethics and Society Fordham University’s Fr.
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