Victorian Era and the Importance of Being Earnest

What is the time period for the Victorian Era?
1833-1901

Who ruled during the Victorian Era?
Queen Victoria

What happened to Queen Victoria’s husband?
Her husband (Albert) died, and she mourned him for the rest of her life

How was the economy during the Victorian Era?
Booming

What were women now allowed to do?
Attend universities

What did the law that Parliament pass change?
It shortened the workday for women and children

Respectability
Is a mixture of morality and hypocrisy

What was the category of literature?
Naturalism

Victorian Prudery
Verbal or written communication of emotion or sexual feelings was not acceptable; language of flowers/ food

Victorian Comedy
Caricatures of social types

Who wrote the Importance of Being Earnest?
Oscar Wilde

How did Oscar Wilde dress?
Very flamboyantly

Who did Oscar Wilde have a romantic relationship with?
Lord Alfred Douglas

What was Oscar Wilde charged with?
“Gross indecency”

What are four things focused on in the Importance of Being Earnest?
Satire, Irony, Farce, Wit

Farce
A light humorous play in which the plot depends upon a skillful exploited situation, no development of character

Video for Importance of Being Earnest
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgofZX1PQsk

What is the full title of the Importance of Being Earnest?
The Importance of Being Earnest a Trivial Comedy for Serious People

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