London in order to earn money since he lacked cash. It is interesting to find seriousness and triviality replacing one another in the play. His well-read mother, née Jane Francesca Elgee, introduced Oscar and his brother early to English, French and Italian literature so that when Oscar went to board at the Portora Royal School, Enniskillen, he was far ahead of the other pupils in academic ability and literary. Wilde influenced many other artists to explore and critique societal norms and their ridiculousness. To Lady Bracknell, marriage has nothing to do with love and affection, but rather solely relies on the respectable social image that is created. He did not set foot again on English soil, and he died in Paris two years later, a broken man.
Gwendolyn and Cecily create much of the comedic elements of the play through their relentless demands of Jack and Algernon. In fact, the title of the play alone gives the reader some inclination as to what the story is about; the importance of being serious and resolute, which not coincidentally are two of the most important Victorian ideals. In addition to Lady Bracknells archaic beliefs, Miss Prism and Doctor Chasuble also illustrate conventional Victorian ideals. Although a majority of the characters live entirely for pleasure, the audience can still relate and enjoy the play. Oscar Wilde: The Major Works.