The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays eBook

The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays Prism, where is that baby demands the damndest dowager in theatre history in OWs farcical masterpiece Feeling blue Reread this comedic milestone for the most preposterous merriment outside of Noel Coward s Blithe Spirit, with a bow to WS Gilbert and Sheridan Wilde found his playwrighting voice just before The Fall He turned unreal drawing room nonsense into Art Muffins, cucumber sandwiches, a handbag left at Victoria Station and a grande dame who burbles about train schedules We ha Prism, where is that baby demands the damndest dowager in theatre history in OWs farcical masterpiece Feeling blue Reread this comedic milestone for the most preposterous merriment outside of Noel Coward s Blithe Spirit, with a bow to WS Gilbert and Sheridan Wilde found his playwrighting voice just before The Fall He turned unreal drawing room nonsense into Art Muffins, cucumber sandwiches, a handbag left at Victoria Station and a grande dame who burbles about train schedules We have already missed five if not six trains To miss anymight expose us to comment on the platform Well it s uproarious.Basically, OW was a prude, hence he went to court to clear his name Earnest, w the central male using a double name one for London society, another for private weekends , has even been called his true De Profundis without the sentiment By contrast, his 3 earlier comedies with creaking plots involving blackmail, scandal and duplicity loom as shoddy Victorian mellerdramas redeemed by the brilliance of his epigrams Wilde uses mellerdrama as an escape, to take him out of himself into a misplaced reality In Lady Windermere s Fan, the cynical repartee covers the sticky sentimentalism in which the bad woman turns out to be the heroine s Mum He capably linked his escritoire to the box office In An Ideal Husband, it s the hero who has a shady past High flying chatter relieves the moralizing A Woman of No Importance shows off his worst writing and finest wit The Book of Life begins with a man and a woman in a garden it ends with Revelations His plot turns on smother love when the Mum who erred cries out to her son, How could I repent of my sin when you, my love, were its fruit O, Oscar.All in all, OW was surely a good natured gent without malice or spite At the time of His Fall he was the reigning Playwright and Personality in London A worldly superstar, he toyed with a deep fear of scandal in 3 plays while the characters seek to protect their social position and careers After Earnest, which tossed a concern for provincial virtue into the dustbin, we can only guess at the OW comedies that never got written I don t read plays Maybe I am the only human being who hasn t read Shakespeare I tried Honesty When I was a teenager, decided to read Romeo and Juliet Well, teenager R J, quite a good start I got irritated by Romeo just in the middle of the book and left it Then I started Hamlet I don t even remember why I left it.I hated plays and was getting confused in the list of maybe 20 people presented at the front page of the play Hated this theatrical long monologues and conversations of 10 peo I don t read plays Maybe I am the only human being who hasn t read Shakespeare I tried Honesty When I was a teenager, decided to read Romeo and Juliet Well, teenager RJ, quite a good start I got irritated by Romeo just in the middle of the book and left it Then I started Hamlet I don t even remember why I left it.I hated plays and was getting confused in the list of maybe 20 people presented at the front page of the play Hated this theatrical long monologues and conversations of 10 people at the same time I didn t understand why everybody is in love with Shakespeare, why Wilde s gravestone was lipstick covered Why people loved him so much Ok, The Picture of Dorian Gray was quite a sensation, but, I mean, Shaw s or Shakespeare s graves are free from lipsticks of all possible colors.And then I read plays of Wilde.Attention Do not read this book in transport or in public places, where people can think you are high, because, oh boy, you are going to laugh Now I want to go to Paris to leave my kiss for this amazing play writer while he sits there and rolls eyes, saying to himself one.And immediately after that I want to go to GB to see all the plays from this collection played by British actors 3.5 starsI love Oscar Wilde so much and I m so glad I finally ended up reading his most famous plays, they were so ironic and funny, I also adored the social satire he did I d love to see them on stage, it must be amazing.The Importance of Being Earnest, 4 5 starsLady Windermere s Fan, 4 5 starsSalom , 3 5 starsA Woman of No Importance, 3.5 5 starsAn Ideal Husband, 3.5 5 stars So hilarious There s this How you can sit there, calmly eating muffins when we are in this horrible trouble, I can t make out You seem to me to be perfectly heartless Well, I can t eat muffins in an agitated manner The butter would probably get on my cuffs One should always eat muffins quite calmly It is the only way to eat them I say it s perfectly heartless your eating muffins at all, under the circumstances And This To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up AND THIS So hilarious There s this How you can sit there, calmly eating muffins when we are in this horrible trouble, I can t make out You seem to me to be perfectly heartless Well, I can t eat muffins in an agitated manner The butter would probably get on my cuffs One should always eat muffins quite calmly It is the only way to eat them I say it s perfectly heartless your eating muffins at all, under the circumstances And This To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up AND THIS This ghastly state of things is what you call Bunburying, I suppose Algernon Yes, and a perfectly wonderful Bunbury it is The most wonderful Bunbury I have ever had in my life.Jack Well, you ve no right whatsoever to Bunbury here.Algernon That is absurd One has a right to Bunbury anywhere one chooses Every serious Bunburyist knows that AND FINALLY THIS JackNo, there is very little music in the name Jack, if any at all, indeed It does not thrill It produces absolutely no vibrationsI have known several Jacks, and they all, without exception, werethan usually plain Besides, Jack is a notorious domesticity for John And I pity any woman who is married to a man called John She would probably never be allowed to know the entrancing pleasure of a single moment s solitude The only really safe name is Ernest Combining epigrammatic brilliance and shrewd social observation, the works collected in Oscar Wilde s The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays are edited with an introduction, commentaries and notes by Richard Allen Cave in Penguin Classics To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune to lose both looks like carelessness The Importance of Being Earnest is a glorious comedy of mistaken identity, which ridicules codes of propriety and etiquette Manners and morality are also victims of Wilde s sharp wit in Lady Windermere s Fan, A Woman of No Importance and An Ideal Husband, in which snobbery and hypocrisy are laid bare In Salom and A Florentine Tragedy, Wilde makes powerful use of historical settings to explore the complex relationship between sex and power The range of these plays displays Wilde s delight in artifice, masks and disguises, and reveals the pretentions of the social world in which he himself played such a dazzling and precarious partRichard Allen Cave s introduction and notes discuss the themes of the plays and Wilde s innovative methods of staging This edition includes the excised Gribsby scene from The Importance of Being Earnest [KINDLE] ✽ I Blame The Scapegoats By John O& – 9facts.co.uk the works collected in Oscar Wilde s The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays are edited with an introduction ➠ [Epub] ➚ Beneath the Earth By John Boyne ➪ – 9facts.co.uk commentaries and notes by Richard Allen Cave in Penguin Classics To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune to lose both looks like carelessness The Importance of Being Earnest is a glorious comedy of mistaken identity ➶ [Read] ➲ Gagged By Richard Asplin ➾ – 9facts.co.uk which ridicules codes of propriety and etiquette Manners and morality are also victims of Wilde s sharp wit in Lady Windermere s Fan ❴Download❵ ✤ Aristocrats Author Stella Tillyard – 9facts.co.uk A Woman of No Importance and An Ideal Husband ❰PDF / Epub❯ ★ A Dark and Twisted Tide (Lacey Flint, Author Sharon J. Bolton – 9facts.co.uk in which snobbery and hypocrisy are laid bare In Salom and A Florentine Tragedy [KINDLE] ✽ Wild Horses (Saddle Club, Author Bonnie Bryant – 9facts.co.uk Wilde makes powerful use of historical settings to explore the complex relationship between sex and power The range of these plays displays Wilde s delight in artifice ❰Reading❯ ➺ At Sixes And Sevens Author Rosie Harris – 9facts.co.uk masks and disguises ✯ [BOOKS] ⚣ Save Rafe! (Middle School By James Patterson ✼ – 9facts.co.uk and reveals the pretentions of the social world in which he himself played such a dazzling and precarious partRichard Allen Cave s introduction and notes discuss the themes of the plays and Wilde s innovative methods of staging This edition includes the excised Gribsby scene from The Importance of Being Earnest The Importance of Being EarnestThe humour, the social satire, the banters, simply brilliant 06.10.2019, 5 stars A Florentine TragedyShort play with a shocking twist at the end 11.10.2019, 3 stars Salom Didn t like it that much Was exhausting to read because of its old traditional language and style The story itself okay with another twist at the end For people who don t know the bible that good as myself The setting however fitted as I m on holiday in Cyprus 12.10.2019, 2 stars Lady The Importance of Being EarnestThe humour, the social satire, the banters, simply brilliant 06.10.2019, 5 stars A Florentine TragedyShort play with a shocking twist at the end 11.10.2019, 3 stars Salom Didn t like it that much Was exhausting to read because of its old traditional language and style The story itself okay with another twist at the end For people who don t know the bible that good as myself The setting however fitted as I m on holiday in Cyprus 12.10.2019, 2 stars Lady Windermere s FanNothing is at it seems in this play which masterfully showcases the unfairness of society in relation to gender women s rights Bittersweet and tragic 13.10.2019, 5 stars A Woman of No ImportanceAnother brilliant play which showcases masterfully the hypocrite society of the time There were so many brilliant sentences in it 29 30.10.2019, 4 starsMen marry because they are tired women because they are curious Both are disappointed An Ideal HusbandRead last year during Victober Review 22 24.10.2018, 4 stars I haven t read a play in a while I think the last play I read was Homecoming by Harold Pinter a few years back So, I decided to read a few plays this year The first one I got hold of was The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde I have always admired Oscar Wilde s wit and humour and so I was really looking forward to reading his most famous play I finished reading it a couple of days back Here is what I think.What I think The Importance of Being Earnest is about two friends John I haven t read a play in a while I think the last play I read was Homecoming by Harold Pinter a few years back So, I decided to read a few plays this year The first one I got hold of was The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde I have always admired Oscar Wilde s wit and humour and so I was really looking forward to reading his most famous play I finished reading it a couple of days back Here is what I think.What I think The Importance of Being Earnest is about two friends John Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff Worthing loves Moncrieff s cousin Gwendolen, and proposes to her and she accepts it But Gwendolen s mother Lady Bracknell refuses to approve their match, because John was adopted and doesn t know anything about his biological parents Algernon falls in love with John s ward Cecily and proposes to her and she accepts it Lady Bracknell has a problem with that too, till she discovers that Cecily has good investments in her name But there is a catch in all this John calls himself Ernest Worthing when he comes to the city Gwendolen knows him as Ernest John also tells his ward Cecily that he has a brother called Ernest in the city who is not a good guy and who is whiling away his time Algernon, when he meets Cecily for the first time, takes advantage of the situation and introduces himself as Ernest Worthing So Cecily thinks that he is Ernest Then comes a situation when John, Earnest, Gwendolen and Cecily all end up in John s home in the countryside, and both Gwendolen and Cecily think that they are engaged to Ernest This leads to some funny situations and when the truth is finally revealed, that neither John nor Algernon is Ernest, Gwendolen asks JohnWhere is your brother Ernest We are both engaged to be married to your brother Ernest, so it is a matter of some importance to us to know where you brother Ernest is at presentJohn repliesI will tell you quite frankly that I have no brother Ernest I have no brother at all I never had a brother in my life, and I certainly have not the smallest intention of ever having one in the future On hearing this, Gwendolen tells CecilyI am afraid it is quite clear, Cecily, that neither of us is engaged to be married to anyone Gwendolen and Cecily walk off into the house after this conversation Do John and Algernon manage to win back the trust of Gwendolen and Cecily What does Lady Bracknell say to all this subterfuge What happens in the end The answer to all these form the rest of the story.I enjoyed reading The Importance of Being Earnest It made me some of old Hollywood Bollywood Tamil movies that I have seen, which had similar plots It looks like Oscar Wilde inspired many filmmakers I loved the way earnest is interpreted in different ways throughout the play taking on multiple meanings I was also surprised to discover that Oscar Wilde was Irish I didn t know that before The play had many of my favourite Oscar Wilde lines, like theseit is absurd to have a hard and fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn t More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn t read That, my dear Algy, is the whole truth pure and simple The truth is rarely pure and never simple Modern life would be very tedious if it were either, and modern literature a complete impossibility All women become like their mothers That is their tragedy No man does That s his I am sick to death of cleverness Everybody is clever nowadays You can t go anywhere without meeting clever people The thing has become an absolute public nuisance I wish to goodness we had a few fools left I never travel without my diary One should always have something sensational to read in the train Cecily That certainly seems a satisfactory explanation, does it not Gwendolen Yes, dear, if you can believe him.Cecily I don t But that does not affect the wonderful beauty of his answer.Gwendolen True In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.Lady Bracknell Is this Miss Prism a female of repellent aspect, remotely connected with education Chasuble She is the most cultivated of ladies, and the very picture of respectability.Lady Bracknell It is obviously the same person.One of my favourite Oscar Wilde lines was not there in the play or rather it was there in its original form, which in my opinion, didn t have the same effect The notes to the play said that this line was modified later The modified line, which I like, goes like this To lose one parent, Mr.Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune to lose both looks like carelessness Algernon has a manservant called Lane, who is smart and intelligent, and who reminded me of Jeeves from the P.G.Wodehouse books Here is one scene which I liked Algernon I hope tomorrow will be a fine day, Lane.Lane It never is, sir.Algernon Lane, you re a perfect pessimist.Lane I do my best to give satisfaction, sir.I have seen a movie version of the play, which had Colin Firth, Rupert Everett, Frances O Connor, Reese Witherspoon and Judi Dench I remember the movie having a twist in the tail kind of surprising ending, which the play didn t have I liked the movie but now after reading the play, I want to watch it again I also have a movie version starring Michael Redgrave, Edith Evans and others, and I want to watch that too There are also four other Oscar Wilde plays in the collection I have I want to read them next Have you read The Importance of Being Earnest or seen it performed or seen a movie version What do you think about it Oscar Wilde is such joyous fun He makes us look at ourselves in the most ironic and funny ways Certainly he was a master of satire and in this play, he has presented the characters in what I have come to think of as the stiff British way I loved that is poked a great deal of fun at the staid Victorian period Mr Wilde himself was certainly everything else but staid and perhaps in thinking of him, we see a man born before his time.The play on the words Earnest is fun and yet its does point t Oscar Wilde is such joyous fun He makes us look at ourselves in the most ironic and funny ways Certainly he was a master of satire and in this play, he has presented the characters in what I have come to think of as the stiff British way I loved that is poked a great deal of fun at the staid Victorian period Mr Wilde himself was certainly everything else but staid and perhaps in thinking of him, we see a man born before his time.The play on the words Earnest is fun and yet its does point to the hypocrisy of the time Men say silly things, woman fall in love with illusions, and the whole thing becomes a farce, is clearly seen throughout this hysterical story which makes the reader oftentimes lol Short and to the point, this play must have ruffled a few Victorian feathers as I am sure that was the intent Earnestness was the avenue to reform at the time and to make the poorer class better Oscar takes this word and has his way with it and ultimately makes this satirical piece flick its nose at the staid and proper British s of Victorian times 4.5 Was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed all three of these stories what can i SAY this is Oscar Wilde of course this was GREATdid not read A Woman of No Importance but i definitely shall the rest were a fucking delight in their own unique way, but my favourite has gotta be The Importance of Being Earnest i mean, the pun alone deserves all the love and praise.in conclusion, sir Wilde sure was a fucking bastard, but he definitely knew what he was doing cheers.


About the Author: Oscar Wilde

Oscar Fingal O Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, poet, and author of numerous short stories, and one novel Known for his biting wit, and a plentitude of aphorisms, he became one of the most successful playwrights of the late Victorian era in London, and one of the greatest celebrities of his day Several of his plays continue to be widely performed, especially The Importance of Being Earnest As the result of a widely covered series of trials, Wilde suffered a dramatic downfall and was imprisoned for two years hard labour after being convicted of gross indecency with other men After Wilde was released from prison he set sail for Dieppe by the night ferry He never returned to Ireland or Britain, and died in poverty.


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