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In the comedy `The importance of being Earnest' how far does Wilde's portrayal of Gwendolen

subvert traditional gender roles?

"The importance of being Earnest" is a play written by Oscar Wilde set in Victorian Britain,

which reflects the ideals of patriarchal Victorian society. The plot…

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many directions" which reveals her forward nature and characterizes her persona. Also the

audience at the time would have been shocked by her sexual innuendos. Furthermore,

Gwendolen seems to act as if she was a man in the way that she is portrayed as somewhat…

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Jack's choice when he wanted to propose. Women should be demure and wait to be asked.

Gwendolen says, "You haven't proposed to me yet" again showing her authority in the


and how this is also going against her mother's decision of not marrying Jack.…

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Furthermore, Gwendolen has too much self-confidence in her opinions-" I am never wrong" and

she is also forward when speaking to others. Traditional women in society wouldn't act like this

however Gwendolen is more dominant then Jack in their relationship and this is unconventional


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personal attributes. Gwendolen says "No, there is very little music in the name Jack, if any at all,

indeed". The most obvious instance of the play's stress on words, their meaning and their context

is the word "Earnest" itself. Gwendolen and Cecily both stress on…

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Critique quotes 1,2 and 3 are by George


Critique Quote 4 by Eva Richardson-

Quotes from "The importance of being Earnest" By Oscar Wilde



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