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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 The women are portrayed as sheltered uneducated and some as dominating figures over the men in their lives There is no sense of identity for Cecily and Gwendolen the only woman within the play that clearly stands out is the Governess Lady Bracknell Wilde creates Lady Bracknell to represent society during the 1900s Her tone is always earnest she is arrogant and she speaks in commands judgements and pronouncements She is always serious and authoritative being the adult figure in the play she imposes the rules and authority However much of what she says is ridiculous hypocritical or self-contradictory Lady Bracknell contradicts herself when she wonders about the possibility of Algernon and Cecily getting married and she does not agree with mercenary marriages but she herself married into the same situation But I do not approve of mercenary marriages When I married Lord Bracknell I had no fortune of any kind 604 Lady Bracknell is always thinking of money when it comes down to these circumstances If Algernon and Cecily get married they will share her considerable amount of wealth A hundred and thirty thousand pounds And in Funds Miss Cardew seems to me a most attractive young lady now that I look at her 604 She also finds long engagements not acceptable as They give the people opportunity of finding out each others character before marriage 605 Lady Bracknell has this idea of making someone look something that they are really not As long as you look good that is what is important This causes the women in the play such as Cecily and Gwendolen to live sheltered and uneducated lives Simply put
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