The significance of a title such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is so easy to discover. However, in other works the full significance of the title becomes apparent to the reader only gradually. Show how the significance of the title The Importance of Being Earnest is developed through Oscar Wilde’s use of at least two of these elements: repetition, allusion, point of view, or contrasts within the play.
Some novels and plays seem to advocate change in social or political attitudes, or in traditions. Using The Importance of Being Earnest, note briefly the particular attitudes or traditions that Wilde wishes to modify. Then analyze the techniques Wilde uses to influence the reader’s or the audience’s views. Avoid plot summary.
Resources to use:
Aestheticism and Decadence: https://www.bl.uk/romantics-and-victorians/articles/aestheticism-and-decadence
Gender Roles in the 19th Century: https://www.bl.uk/romantics-and-victorians/articles/gender-roles-in-the-19th-century
The Importance of Being Earnest: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/844/844-h/844-h.htm
Power Point (Oscar Wilde)-- see below
Power Point (IOBE)-- see below