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Portrayal of Women in Oscar Wildes The Importance of Being Earnest By hitman99 The Importance of Being Earnest was written by the famous Irish author Oscar Wilde The play represents Wildes late Victorian view of the aristocracy marriage wit and social life during the early 1900s His characters are typical Victorian snobs who are arrogant overly proper formal and concerned with money Wilde portrays the women on two separate levels Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax are young sheltered and without identity while Lady Bracknell is the strong adult authority figure There is no sense of identity for Cecily and Gwendolen the only woman within the play who clearly stands out is Lady Bracknell Cecily and Gwendolen lead a very sheltered existence one from the country and the other from the city otherwise they are portrayed similarly by Wilde The women are far from stupid but they are not well informed about the ways of the world Most of all they do not know the ways of the society they live in Gwendolen is sheltered by her mother Lady Bracknell who does not approve of education in England as she puts it Fortunately in England at any rate education produces no effect whatsoever 577 Most likely Lady Bracknell did not send her daughter to any educational institute other than a Manners School for Women Gwendolen herself understands what her mother is trying to do to her mamma whose views on education are remarkably strict has brought me up to be extremely short-sighted 594 Cecily is sheltered as well but her location is the reason for it She resides in the country and even though an education is offered she is not interested But I dont like German It isnt at all a becoming language I know perfectly well that I look quite plain after my German lesson 583 Both women lead boring sheltered lives and so becoming very imaginative and
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