Emoni play had many moments of humor throughout

Emoni RossSchwery AP Literature P.11-20-18Novel study The conflict created when the will of an individual opposes the will of the majority is the recurring theme of many novels, plays, and essays. Select a work that has the viewpoint of opposition to his or her society; ordering a work of recognized literary merit, select a fictional character that is in opposition to his or her society. In a critical essay, analyze the conflict and discuss the moral and ethical implications for both the individual and society. Do not summarize the plot or action of the work you choose.      In the play, The Importance of Being Earnest, the main character, Jack, was in opposition when it came to his society. Throughout the play, Oscar Wilde portrays several oppositions using the characters and themes of the play, such as the town and country, class, age, gender and morals. The play is mostly an ongoing debate about the nature of marriage and whether it is “pleasant or unpleasant.” Morality and the constraints it imposes on society when it came to the marriage is a favorite topic of conversation in the novel. Algernon thinks the servant class has a responsibility to set a moral standard for the upper classes. Jack thinks reading a private cigarette case is “ungentlemanly.” “More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn’t read,” Algernon points out. These restrictions and assumptions suggest a strict code of morals that exists in Victorian society, but Wilde isn’t concerned with questions of what is and isn’t moral. Instead, he makes fun of the whole Victorian idea of morality as a rigid body of rules about what people should and should not do. The very title of the play is a double-edged comment on the phenomenon. The play’s central plot the man who both is and is not earnest shows a moral paradox. Earnestness, which refers to both the quality of being serious and the quality of being sincere was made clear throughout the play. Members of the upper class display a great deal of pride and pretense, feeling that they are inherently entitled to their wealth and higher social position. They are so preoccupied with maintaining this position that they quickly get rid any signs of rebellion.      In this play, Wilde satirizes the arrogance and hypocrisy of the aristocracy. The lower classes in Earnest are less pretentious and more humble but they are equally good at making jokes. The play had many moments of humor throughout it. Wilde’s depiction of Victorian distortions created a moment of amusement for the reader. In the play, trivial things are regarded so seriously and the serious things in life are treated with triviality. This attitude also brung a comical scene to the play. Adding comedy to the play showed opposition by 

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