Here Wilde is conveying hismotif of being serious about trivial issues and trivialabout serious ones
which of course is linked to hisview of the unnecessary seriousness of the upperclass, which of course is also linked to the idea of the humour that is seen throughout this play.
Of course the innuendo
Here presenting the idea thatthe life of the aristocrat is excessively boring andalso menial
Lady Bracknell is the furthestpossibl
e thing from an ‘affectionate mother’
because an affectionate mother would not carewhether he smoked or not (as Gwendolen herself smoked) and whether that was socially acceptable,
moreover she wouldn’t care about his ‘origin’
because if he is wealthy enough to take care of herdaughter then theoretically that should be enoughas Gwendolen loves him.
Here Oscar Wilde is making acomment about the nature of London society andthe fact that the upper class have nothing to do as
they don’t have to work so need to find ‘pastimes’
in order to be socially acceptable.
Here he is commenting on thenature of manners and what one should and
shouldn’t say and all the unsaid rules and
regulations of society that Oscar Wilde depicts astrivial but that are taken so seriously. He is also
commenting on the way the ‘Earnest’ jack supposes
to treat a woman, with dishonesty/.
Again talking about theshallow nature of the upper class in that they areonly really looking at things on face value with nodepth and falling in love with what people are
‘saying’ about another person –
which is essentiallywhat society is. (what people say) h
Again the same as the above
it’s about the fact that things are done in the
Again conveying the shallownature of the upper class
Here not only is it a slightingcomment on Cecily it also highlights some of the keyaspects of the aristocracy in that Wlide ishighlighting that they in fact do no labour.
Again commenting on theridiculousness of manners and they level of seriousness which they are given
and the trivialityin that.
Here commenting on thefashionable nature of society in that things comeinto fashion and leave fashion and nothing is really
‘sacred’ except that –
here Algernon displays this bysimply treating christening as if he has not had ahaircut in a ghastly length of time.
Here the inversion highlightsone of the aspects of aristoractic society in thatstatistics are intended to reflect what happens insociety yet with this class it is the statistics thatgovern the people's choices - highlighting theludicrous nature of upper class society. Specifcallythe nature of 'what is expected - whcih comes undermanners' and how adhereing to that is moreimportant than the actions themselves.