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The outcome of conflicts in drama can reveal values in a play more than the actual conflicts themselves can One play where this is true is The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde Set in Victorian England this play satirises the aristocracy of the time Usually authors of that Period used the lower classes as their roving grounds for social commentary but unlike authors such as Dickens Wilde used the upper classes with which he was personally familiar Oscar Wilde knew the upper class and he knew that the lives they lead were so dry boring concerned with manners and customs and so perfectly earnest that it was almost inhuman It is being earnest that the play mainly focuses on as may be surmised from the title Characters who lie to get gains are rewarded with love and are later shown to have been lying at all Jack in saying that his name is Earnest is found to be telling the truth at the revelatory end of the story and Lagernons lie of being Jacks brother is also found to be true when they find Jacks real parents In this way the earnestness of these two men is shown Another of the conflicts that occurs in the play is marriage and the guardians assent required for marriage When Jack wishes to marry Gwendolyn Lady Bracknell disapproves so Jack refuses to allow Algernon to marry Cecily This trivialising of the sacrosanct institution of marriage shows Wildes view on the matter he saw it as a practise surrounded by absurdity and hypocrisy In addition to this both Gwendolyn and Cecily are sure that they could not possibly love someone whose name was not Earnet which both Algy and Jack are not until Jack discovers his real name and family at the end It has always been my ideal to love someone by the name of Ernest One view among critics is that
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