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Oscar Wilde and the World Around HimOscar Fingal OFlahertie Wills Wilde 1854-1900 was an Anglo-Irish dramatist novelist essayist short-story writer critic and poet He was part of the Decadence a loosely affiliated coterie of writers and artists of the 1890s whose lives and works manifested a highly stylized decorative manner a fascination with morbidity and perversity and an adherence to the doctrine art for arts sake After having a hard childhood where he was dressed as a girl until the age of nine he viewed life more critically than others He often focused in on the upper class and wrote of their absurdity superficiality and snobbery Yet mainly he wrote of what he felt at the time and what is around him In The Importance of Being Earnest and A Woman of No Importance it is evident that the environment lifestyle and events in the life of Oscar Wilde has influenced him in writing such one-sided critical satires in which he reserved none of his strong opinionsWhen it came to satires Wilde was the master of such literary art Wilde has accomplished such satire from the hallowed edifice of romantic literature certain standard characters themes and plot situations in order to build out of them a comedy that fuses contemporary social satire with a straight-faced taking-off of the usages of the popular fiction and drama of his time Poupard 418 In the beginning he tried to be a serious writer but failed miserably It was believed that as an entertainer he was more morally clearsighted Bryfonski 504 Although he was full of strong idealism and human sympathy his dissatisfaction with the society of the 1880s and 90s caused him to make highly personal and melodramatic attacks on issues which he possibly have never looked close enough to understand Because of this he was thought of as only presenting one side of life 498 He presented the upper English class with clear hostility and stressed their
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